On Saturday afternoon, an ACC-SEC showdown took place in Knoxville as Tennessee hosted Pitt.
While the Volunteers were the home team, the Panthers entered the game as a slight favorite. The game couldn’t have started out much better for the Volunteers after the team forced Pitt to punt.
Tennessee then blocked the punt and set up a short touchdown drive from the Pitt three-yard line. Unfortunately for the Volunteers, their luck ran out later in the first half.
Tennessee drove the ball into Pitt territory and had a short first-and-goal situation from the five-yard line. Just a few plays later, the Volunteers were forced to settle for a 48-yards field goal.
No, that’s not a misprint.
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So how did this happen, you ask?
Well, the Volunteers got called for a false start penalty before their second-down play. On the team’s second attempt at the second-down play, Tennessee was called for unnecessary roughness.
The team’s third attempt at the second-down play didn’t go well either. Tennessee was flagged for offensive pass interference, which moved the team back to the Pitt 37-yard line.
Tennessee was forced to settle for a long field goal try, which was good. Pitt then went the length of the field to score a touchdown and take a 14-13 lead.