Jarrett Guarantano delivered the most bizarre game of all in a strange game full of questionable acts, injuries and an unexpectedly tight margin.
And there was an outbreak of Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt.
Next After Alabama 1's fourth goal in the fourth quarter, with Crimson Tide's lead of 28-13, Guarantano's attempt to stretch the ball over the pile in a quick sneak attempt led to the ball of Alabama linebacker Shane Lee was blown away. Trevon Diggs then brought the ball back over 100 yards for a Crimson Tide touchdown, ending any idea of a vols comeback and a surprise.
Pruitt's frustration returned as Guaranteeano returned to the sidelines dragging the coach on the junior quarterback's face mask as he hotly debated the piece.
Was it a planned Schleicher? ESPN spokesmen felt that this was a planned conventional run as offensive linemen were drawn. That could be the reason why Pruitt was so angry. And it was not the first time that Pruitt was emotionally marginal in his two seasons as head coach of the Vols.
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"We ran two quarterback sneaks earlier in the game by pushing the pile," Pruitt said. "We could either go back or sneak it, and we decided to make a sneak and he should not have jumped," Pruitt said after the game.
"He should have pushed it over there." Either way, the Vols' last chance to hold its own against the country's No. 1 was thrown up and returned for a touchdown, as Pruitt was buzzing with energy throughout Saturday's game, and Guarantano's fumble hit him close to the edge.
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