For someone who has never drank alcohol, I imagine this is about as close to experiencing a hangover as I'll ever get. It's like I was celebrating a big sports moment when a 300-pound dude sneaked up behind me, and punched me in the back of the head before facing me and bludgeoning my midsection with a sledge hammer.
Rarely does a college football fan see his team win, only to see them lose the same game five minutes later. Rarely does a team storm off the field celebrating an upset victory over a top 10 team, only to be called back onto the field moments later for an untimed down.
But that's exactly what happened on Saturday, October 2, 2010.
As Les Miles' umpteenth clock management meltdown was taking place, Tennessee sent some substitutions onto the field during the mass confusion on the LSU side. Turns out, Tennessee had 13 men on the field when the LSU snap sailed past quarterback Jordan Jefferson with six seconds remaining.
The Tennessee players were celebrating. Fans were beside themselves, going nuts after defeating the No. 10 team in the country on their home field.
That is, until the Vols lost the game they had just won.
After reviewing the video, it was determined that the Vols did, in fact, have two men too many on the field for the game-winning play. LSU came back out and the Vols, who were completely spent after winning the game with the all the depth of a kiddie pool, celebrating said win, and being disappointed that they did not win, lost the game when LSU running back, Stevan Ridley bulldozed into the endzone with zero seconds remaining.
Vols fans can, and will, be crying about this one for a while. It was the very definition of a gut-punch.
In truth, the Vols were guilty of having too many men on the field. But, why allow the play, with no penalty, only to review a penalty and hand LSU the game?
Before you start with, 'Tennessee-had-a-chance-to-stop-LSU-on-the-untimed-down' stuff, realize that the Vols were celebrating the win seconds before having to win the game again! No team would have stopped LSU after the Tigers were given a free play on the house.
Never mind that an LSU offensive lineman flung his helmet off while the ball was rolling around on the ground at the first ending of the game. Any untimed down should have been from the 15, not the two-yard-line.
For some strange reason, Les Miles escapes without a loss, yet again. The single-most idiotic coach in America must have made a deal with the devil because this isn't the first time he's made dog do-do look like a cluster of gold.
At the risk of sounding like a jaded big orange supporter, I'd say LSU and Mr. Miles have at least four losses left on the schedule. There's no way his bile-polishing act withstands the onslaught at Florida, at Auburn, vs. Alabama, and at Arkansas. Not a chance.
Miles will be canned at seasons end with an 8-4 record. But Tennessee fans everywhere will know it was the first loss to an unranked, depth-less team which was turned into an LSU win by an SEC officiating crew that cost "The Hat" his job.
Until that day, Vols fans will have to settle for their team actually winning the game on the field.
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