Vols kicking game can't climb Mount Cody

Tennessee and Alabama football fans were treated to a duel between two defensive masterminds Saturday in Tuscaloosa. Two blocked field goals by Alabama's Terrance Cody were the difference in the 12-10 ballgame. The Vols outplayed and outcoached the Crimson Tide, but couldn't overcome the kicking and special teams play.

Oddly enough the difference of the game was not on defense but on special teams and specifically the kicking game.

"They have made their kicks; we didn't make ours," Kiffin said at the half. "We are disappointed, we feel like we should be leading at half."

Things only got worse when it came to the Tennessee kicking game.

With four second left on the clock the Vols had the chance to do something that Tennessee hasn't been able to do in a long time - knock off a No.1 team at their home field. Daniel Lincoln who had already missed one and had one field goal blocked had the chance for redemption - a chance to take this Tennessee football program to new heights, but it didn't happen.

Terrance Cody, who had blocked a field goal earlier, blocked another one to secure the 12-10 Alabama win.

It appeared that another special team debacle late in the game capped off what could have ended up being a special day for the Volunteers. With 3:43 left in the game, Tennessee went after the block on an Alabama punt, and was called for roughing the kicker, giving the ball back to the Crimson Tide.

The no quit attitude of Kiffin and the Vols, wasn't dimmed.

It was the Volunteer defense that rose to the occasion again, with Dennis Rogan forcing a fumble from Mark Ingram, who had previously lost a fumble in an Alabama uniform.

Those who love defense were in for a treat.

Kiffin, who was accused by the Florida Gator coach of not trying to win the game in Gainesville, couldn't be accused of that Saturday afternoon.

The Vols scored a touchdown, something that Alabama wasn't able to do the entire game, giving UT a last-gasp chance of pulling off the upset.

Tennessee had to execute an on-side kick to be able to pull off the victory, and the special teams unit worked, again due to the play of Rogan.

Rogan smacked Alabama's Julio Jones in the mouth allowing Denarius Moore to recover the onside kick.

To keep this Alabama offense out of the end zone all game long is a job well done by Monte Kiffin and staff.

What more could be asked of the defensive unit?

Alabama was outplayed by the Tennessee Volunteers; they were outcoached by the UT coaching staff.


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