Tennessee-Virginia Tech: Vols Had Orange Squeezed Right Out of Them by Hokies

Larry BurtonSenior Writer IDecember 31, 2009

Tennessee's team was about as shut down as Lane Kiffin's mouth was shut during the game. For once, a team had no answer to the question of how to stop the Hokies, and Lane Kiffin had no emotion or feisty words to give out.

Kiffin's emotions showed a deer-in-the-headlights look every time the cameras showed him on the sideline, and his team literally dropped any chance to make a comeback.

For his part, Crompton put passes in the hands of receivers, only to see them slip through their fingers just like the game.

For once Monte Kiffin didn't seem to have a clue either as the Hokies ran over, through, and around the Vols for 229 yards rushing and another 209 through the air.

Tennessee was held to just five yards total rushing in a pitiful showing of offensive muscle, and had just 235 yards through the air. Had receivers been able to simply catch balls thrown right to them, they could have had well over 300 yards passing and a shot at winning the game.

The 37-14 beating may be the SEC's worst loss this bowl season. It is the second win so far during the bowls for the ACC over SEC.

For Lane Kiffin, who once said any publicity is good publicity, he will be hard pressed to spin this game into anything good. The magic the Vols showed in playing No. 1 Alabama to the wire was simply not present tonight in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

For the Hokies, it was a celebration of a 10-win season and a top-10 finish in the polls.