Tennessee posted three touchdowns in eight minutes on the tail end of the matchup at Texas A&M on Saturday. However, seven turnovers proved too much to overcome and the Volunteers' 11-game winning streak got snapped.
"We cannot turn the football over," second-year Tennessee offensive coordinator Mike DeBord said Wednesday. "It doesn't matter...we had a lot of yards last week but take those and throw them out because when you don't win, I mean nothing matters."
DeBord's group compiled a season-high 684 yards, including running back Alvin Kamara running for 127 yards and catching eight passes for 161 more. It was an impressive performance but it all was thwarted by the defeat.
The margin for error lessens greatly with No. 1-ranked Alabama coming to Knoxville on Saturday. The Crimson Tide boasts the top-ranked rush defense in the nation, allowing just 69.2 yards per game. Through its 5-1 start, the Volunteers averaged 192.5 yards on the ground.
Learn more about how the Big Orange plans to attack Nick Saban's defense by viewing the InsideTennessee video above.