~ 26 September 2004 ~

Trepid Homecoming

Vols 42, Bulldogs 17

Ainge to Smith for TD!

The above photo is Erik Ainge’s third quarter pass to Bret Smith for a Tennessee touchdown. As you can see, this shot streched the limits of the 3x optical zoom on my camera (that’s the ball about 2m above Smith in the end zone). My brother, a man who knows how to get things from time to time, scored us tickets in the east skybox of Neyland Stadium where the view was incredible.

The score (which was not too far from what I predicted) wasn’t really indicative of some major problems in Tennessee’s defense. Louisiana Tech’s early lead caught many off guard. An impressive Ryan Moats gave the Vols’ defensive line trouble, and the secondary looked poor at times too. Perhaps defensive coordinator Johnny Chavis needs to do some hollerin’ this week before we take on Auburn…

It’s looking more and more like Erik Ainge is assuming lead quarterback spot—not to fault Brent Schaeffer at all. Both QB’s showed much more poise than last week—especially while being pressured on the blitz.

Last year’s game with Auburn broke our momentum for the season. Let’s hope revenge is sweet.

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4 Comments:

  1. David » 27 September 2004:

    Aw Jared – this is terrible. I didn’t know you were a Tennessee Volunteer. I’m a Florida Grad and a big time Gator. Don’t know what that does to our relationship, but I guess I’ll have to be quiet given the outcome of this year’s game. It still won’t prevent me from griping about the officiating though 😉

  2. Jared Bridges » 27 September 2004:

    Terrible indeed, as I’ve long lived by the maxim, “Can anything good come out of Gainesville?” Is there hope?

    Perhaps. Isaiah 11:6 shows promise:

    The wolf shall dwell with the lamb,
    and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat,
    and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together;
    and a little child shall lead them.

    Notice that the text says nothing about a Vol and a Gator, but if we can allow for a little eisegesis, we can hope that even that relationship will someday be restored…

    Thankfully, David, your excellent blogging offsets your poor choice of collegiate affiliations. 😉

  3. David » 28 September 2004:

    Well, a good first step in our reconciliation comes from our common love for the color orange – maybe we can build on that common ground!

  4. Colby » 28 September 2004:

    Well, I’ll be Spurriered. How nice!

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