For three hours on Saturday, the Tennessee Volunteers looked like one of the most pathetic teams in college football. They were turning the ball over, dropping passes and allowing big play after big play against an Akron team that has gone 1-11 each of the past two seasons.
Then, Eric Gordon did what he has a knack for doing—intercepting a pass in a big moment. With nine minutes left in the game and the Vols up by just seven, Gordon caught a bobbled pass on the Zips' 27-yard line. The very next play was a perfect Tyler Bray-to-Justin Hunter connection for a touchdown.
It was a hard-fought win. In fact, it was too hard-fought. The Volunteers need to have a great week of practice and preparation for a tough test against No. 5 Georgia in Athens next week.
There is a lot to learn from this game. Here are 10 things I noticed.