Butch Jones: Vols ‘100 percent believed’ Hail Mary play would work

The Tennessee Volunteers and head coach Butch Jones earned a huge win over the Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday evening, relying on a last-second Hail Mary from quarterback Joshua Dobbs to lift the team to victory.

The Hail Mary came just seconds after Georgia freshman sensation Jacob Eason completed a long bomb for the go-ahead score.

But according to Jones, the Vols were always believing they would come out with the win, especially after an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty that advanced their field position.

“When they got the 15-yard penalty we felt we had a chance,” Jones said. “That’s a kickoff return we put in at the end of the game, we’ve had it in for three years and have never used it. To our kids’ credit, we rep it every Thursday.”


“They were focused, the calmness of our sideline, when you go back and look at it, was surreal. There was no panic, nobody was down and I looked the kids in the eye, ‘we’re going to find a way to make a play.’

“I can honestly tell you, I 100 percent believed we were going to catch the football and we were going to score. That’s a belief I have in this football team.”

In the end, Tennessee got the victory and advanced to 5-0 on the season as they prepare for a road trip to College Station to take on Texas A&M next Saturday. With another win, the Vols will continue gaining momentum towards a College Football Playoff and SEC Championship Game appearance.

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