The Tennessee Volunteers lost a heartbreaker to the Florida Gators Saturday night. It certainly was a tough pill for the Volunteers to swallow as they led by two touchdowns at one point in the game.
The Vols led 13-7 in the third quarter and a touchdown made the score 19-7. Head coach Butch Jones had a choice to make: go for two or kick the extra point. He went with the latter and made the score 20-7.
The Gators ended up making a comeback in the fourth quarter and winning the game on a last minute catch and run by Kelvin Taylor, making the final score 28-27, which means the two point conversion would have made a huge difference. Jones discussed with College Football Talk why he decided to kick instead of going for two.
“Well a number of reasons and we were discussing that prior to the drive. If we did score whether we go for one or two, we have a chart that is pretty standard in football first of all and maps it all,” Jones explained. “We just felt like at that stage in the game that we had great confidence in our defense of getting off the football field and allowing them to push the ball down the field so we felt very comfortable with the decision.”
Basically, he wanted to let his defense handle the rest of the game only being up by 13. I guess he forgot that his defense gave up a three score lead against the Oklahoma Sooners two weeks ago and lost in double overtime.
That ended up being a bad move and now the Volunteers are essentially out of the race for the SEC East.
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