Tennessee Vols Football: The Top 7 Moments of 2011
There weren't many great moments for a Tennessee team that finished 5-7. Three of the Vols five wins came against a team from the FCS, a team from the MAC and a team from the Sun Belt. There wasn't a ton to write home about in those contests, either.
But, we searched high and low for some of the more memorable moments of 2011 despite all the times we'd like to forget.
Here are those top 10 moments for Vols football in 2011.
7. Rajion Neal 53-Yard Touchdown Catch vs. Kentucky
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In a game that will forever be known as one of the Vols lowest moments ever, there was one positive Tennessee highlight.
Early in the fourth quarter, with the Vols trailing 10-0, Rajion Neal caught an absolute bomb from Tyler Bray for a 53-yard touchdown pass.
There's little doubt that the Kentucky faithful got a little worried at that point, but the Wildcats held on to defeat the Vols for the first time since 1984.
6. Bray to Hunter: 81-Yard Touchdown vs. Montana
On third down from their own 19-yard line, early in the second quarter, Tyler Bray hit Justin Hunter on a slant route and the speedster was long gone. It was a remarkable display of the breakaway speed that Hunter provides the Vols offense.
The play is shown :55 seconds into the video.
5. Onside Kick Following Vols Touchdown vs. Cincinnati
In a game that many expected Tennessee to lose, the Vols went for the jugular early. After his offense scored its first touchdown of the game, Derek Dooley called for an onside kick on the ensuing kickoff.
The Vols recovered, and another Bray to Hunter pass a few minutes later put the Vols up 14-7.
The onside kick play happens :15 seconds into the video.
4. Justin Hunter Blocks Field Goal vs. Cincinnati
Showing off his crazy athleticism once again, Justin Hunter got some major ups on the Bearcats field goal attempt just before the half.
The Vols were up 28-14 at the time, and Hunter's block gave the Vols all the momentum they'd need going into the break.
3. Da'Rick Rogers Sandwich vs. Cincinnati
Da'Rick Rogers made a ridiculous touchdown catch against Cincinnati. In between two Bearcats defenders, Rogers made the grab and held on as he was hit from both sides, knocking his helmet off in the endzone.
2. Da'Rick Rogers Makes a Sick Touchdown Catch vs. Vandy
After a running into the kicker penalty was called on a blocked Tennessee field goal, Dooley decided to go for the touchdown on fourth down instead of re-kicking it.
Da'Rick Rogers made a highlight worthy catch for the touchdown to tie the game and eventually send the game into overtime.
1. Eric Gordon's Game-Winning Pick-6 vs. Vanderbilt
Yes, the whistle blew. So the play should not have been reviewed and counted as a touchdown. But the replay does clearly show that Eric Gordon's knee never came close to touching the ground.
Derek Dooley is more than used to his wins (and losses) being determined by review. This No. 1 moment of 2011 was clearly no exception.