Well, Nick Stephens showed enough to put faith in him for the forseeable future, and Eric Berry added to his own personal legend with another critical interception, while adding Knowshon Moreno to his attempted murder list.
But at the end of the day, it's another loss with more offensive frustration. And with this one, the Vols fall to 0-3 in the SEC, 2-4 on the year, and out of the relevant college football conversation for 2008...you know, except for that whole head coach business.
Georgia ran 81 plays in 42:09. Tennessee ran 45 in 17:51. The Vols finish with 15 carries for 1 yard. Georgia puts a dent in the idea that the Vols have a dominant defense with a 309 yard day from Matthew Stafford, and a 101 hard earned yards effort from Knowshon Moreno.
From here? Well, since it would appear that everyone left on the schedule is capable of beating the Vols, you'd still best take them one at a time and try to get bowl eligible. Mississippi State will come to Knoxville next week elated after beating Vanderbilt, while Alabama might roll in the week after at #1. Either way, can an embattled coach and a struggling offense find the spark to keep playing with no championships left to play for?
These are the dark times, my friends. But we remain faithful throughout.
(EDIT: It's clear from the postgame Fulmer show that the head coach is upset/frustrated with the offensive coaching staff, or at least that's how I'm interpreting the coachspeak when he talks about things from a systematic viewpoint. And he's not pointing fingers, because he mentioned that he sits in there with those guys. But I do always like it when the coaches say what we're all thinking.)