On Saturday, Texas A&M delivered Tennessee its first loss of the 2016 season – but despite the disappointment, many Vol fans say they’re still walking away proud.
After the Vols’ contentious fourth quarter comeback, the game ended in double overtime with the Aggies finally winning 45-38.
“I’m walking away with a chip on my shoulder, but at the same time I think we’ve got a lot going for us going toward Alabama next week,” Derek Terry said after watching the game at Fieldhouse Social, a bar near UT’s campus.
Many Vol fans said the game, like earlier games in the season, told a “tale of two halves.”
“In the first half, we just try to hang in there and make sure it doesn’t get too out of hand,” said Garry Clark, “and then we come in on the second half and just lay it on ‘em.”
"At halftime almost at every game, they've been coming back,” Dylan Gibbs agreed. “This is the way this team plays. They're a team that comes out cool, calm and collected."
Fans said the Vols began the game with too slow of a start: the team turned the ball over three times in the first quarter and allowed a fumble to result in another Aggies touchdown just two plays later. By halftime, the Aggies were leading 21-7.
But several turnovers and two quarters later, both fans Clark and Gibbs were right: The Vols scored 21 points in the fourth quarter, tying the game at 35.
Almost every fan at Fieldhouse stood on their toes as the Vols caught up, running neck-and-neck into overtime.
"I wish I could say I'm not used to this, but at this point in the football season, anything's possible,” Isaac Mobley shouted.
In the end, the Vols didn’t win. Quarterback Trevor Knight found the endzone to give A&M a seven-point lead. But as the bar of crowded fans dispersed, many told 10News they were still pumped for next week’s game against Alabama.
"This team's my team. I'm always going to be for this team, I've always been for this team,” Dylan Gibbs said.
"I don't think anyone is embarrassed or discouraged by the team. They played really hard," Derek Terry said.