Tennessee football: 10 heartbreaking game-winning TD drives Vols allowed

GAINESVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 26: Antonio Callaway #81 of the Florida Gators scores the winning touchdown during a game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 26, 2015 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
GAINESVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 26: Antonio Callaway #81 of the Florida Gators scores the winning touchdown during a game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 26, 2015 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /
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Honorable Mentions

1971 vs. No. 5 Auburn Tigers

No. 9 Tennessee Volunteers lose 10-9

Tennessee football was up 6-0 at halftime in this game and 9-3 in the fourth quarter. However, Pat Sullivan drove Auburn down the field in the final two minutes for a game-winning touchdown, which cost the Vols a shot at the SEC title this year, one they further blew by losing to the Alabama Crimson Tide.

1994 at Mississippi State Bulldogs

No. 23 Tennessee Volunteers lose 24-21

The Vols were 1-2 and had lost two quarterbacks for the year. Peyton Manning built a seven-point lead late, but Mississippi State rallied with a field goal, and then Derrick Taite, Michael Davis and Eric Moulds drove the Bulldogs down the field late on another possession. Taite hit Kendall Watkins for the game-winner with 40 seconds left to send the Vols to 1-3. However, UT regrouped to finish 8-4 and enjoy their greatest success of the modern era from 1995-1998.

1999 at Arkansas Razorbacks

No. 3 Tennessee Volunteers lose 28-24

It was revenge for Houston Nutt and Clint Stoerner after blowing a 21-3 lead the year before. At 7-1, UT remained in the national title hunt in this game. But they allowed a late drive by Stoerner to give the Hogs the lead 28-24 and failed to counter with Tee Martin, losing 28-24, a reverse of the score from the previous year. The Vols wouldn’t have won the SEC title anyway, so that’s why this wasn’t in the top 10.

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2006 vs. No. 13 LSU Tigers

No. 8 Tennessee Volunteers lose 28-24

The Vols entered this game 7-1 with their only loss by one point to the Florida Gators. Without Erik Ainge, they used big plays from Jonathan Crompton to Robert Meachem and a Jamarcus Russell pick-six to go up 24-21 late. But Russell then engineered a seven-minute, 80-yard drive at the end, getting away with a fumble and converting a 4th and 7. He then hit Early Doucet on 3rd and goal from the 4 with 10 seconds left for a 28-24 win.

2013 vs. Vanderbilt Commodores

Tennessee Volunteers lose 14-10

After three straight losing seasons and two straight without a bowl game, Butch Jones had provided some early excitement for the Vols with a 4-3 start and upset over the South Carolina Gamecocks. But an injury to Justin Worley and three straight losses made this a crucial game. The Vols allowed a 92-yard touchdown drive in the final five minutes to James Franklin’s Commodores to lose their second straight in the series and miss a bowl game for a third straight year.