2005 got off to a rough start for the Vols losing to Florida in the SEC opener 16-7. Many wondered whether Eric Ainge had used all of his magic the previous season.
The next game found the Vols visiting the Bayou Bengals whilst still recovering from the onslaught of hurricane Rita. The nation wept for them all, and many folks rallied behind LSU.
The first half spelled trouble for the Vols, as they departed the field for the locker room, the score read 21-0. QB JaMarcus Russell and RB Joseph Addai seemed virtually unstoppable. But, the Cajuns forgot they let their QB backup defect to the Vols.
With six minutes gone from the third quarter, QB Rick Clausen stepped up and filled in for the struggling Eric Ainge, then he pulled some magic out of his helmet. By the time Les Miles could realize it, the OT score was 30-27, and the Vols skipped all the way back to Knoxville.