Well, that is not what Butch Jones and the Tennessee Volunteers were hoping for to kickoff the 2016 college football season.
The Vols enter the new year as one of the favorites in the SEC and as a top ten team in the nation. In the season-opener, Tennessee played host to Appalachian State, a great opportunity to make a statement right out of the gate.
Unfortunately, that didn’t happen.
After Tennessee’s defense did its job and forced a punt from Appalachian State, a miscue on special teams gave the Mountaineers a little spark.
Bentlee Critcher booted the ball 40 yards before Cameron Sutton muffed the punt and put the ball on the turf. Appalachian State’s Alex Gray recovered the fumble which led to a five-yard touchdown run from Taylor Lamb to put the Mountaineers up early, 7-0.
There is still plenty of time left to play, but the Vols will have to regroup and start making some plays before App. State gets too much confidence.