3. 2007: Daniel Lincoln, 48-yard field goal
Tennessee beats South Carolina 27-24 in OT
Again, that 2007 stretch run for Tennessee football was one of the craziest runs ever. And this was actually the night that started it. Before the Vols had beaten the Vanderbilt Commodores, they had to get past the South Carolina Gamecocks in an ugly affair.
Earlier in the day, the Georgia Bulldogs beat the Florida Gators, giving UF three losses. That set this game up for who would take first place in the SEC East. And early on, it looked like the East would belong to the Vols easily.
Thanks to solid red zone defense and a series of S.C. mistakes, Steve Spurrier’s team fell behind to the Vols 21-0. But it wasn’t like UT’s offense was looking good. They were just getting a lot of breaks, and that showed in the second half.
South Carolina fought back, and they took a 24-21 lead late. Given the way the offense looked in the second half, all hope seemed lost for the Vols. But a great kick return by LaMarcus Coker, who would be dismissed from the team the next week, allowed the offense to get into field goal range.
As if things were written for them, Arian Foster fumbled the ball into field goal range, and Eric Young recovered. Anyway, Lincoln came on for a very difficult 43-yard field goal. This freshman would have to hit a very difficult kick just to send the game into overtime and keep the SEC East alive.
He missed it, but the Vols had a False Start penalty. Ironically saving them with the penalty, Lincoln then had to kick a 48-yarder. And he drilled that one. Tennessee football won 27-24 in overtime to keep the East alive, but it took a very clutch kick from Lincoln to get there. So clutch, in fact, that it’s No. 2 on this list.