Tennessee football: Photo gallery from Vols’ 30-17 loss at Auburn

Here are pictures from the Tennessee football Volunteers’ loss at the Tigers.

Things continue to get worse and worse for Tennessee football in Jeremy Pruitt’s third year. The Vols’ 30-17 loss at the Auburn Tigers Saturday night was their fifth straight loss by double digits and their second straight loss after a two-score lead in the first half.

Although there were some moments throughout the game that UT fans had fun watching, the issues that have plagued the team all year continued to plague them. Untimely mistakes by the quarterback and blown coverages in the secondary are happening on a weekly basis.

Now, this team is 2-5, meaning the best they can do in the regular season is .500, and that seems highly unlikely. It was an interesting day at Jordan-Hare Stadium in general, though. Before looking ahead to the state of the Vols’ let’s look at some of the photos from Tennessee football’s loss.

The sun sets at Jordan-Hare Stadium before Auburn takes on Tennessee in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020.

Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn walks the field before the tigers take on Tennessee at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020.

Auburn quarterback Bo Nix (10) walks the field before the tigers take on Tennessee at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020.

Auburn quarterback Bo Nix (10) walks the field before the tigers take on Tennessee at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020.

Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn walks the field before the tigers take on Tennessee at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020.

Auburn players shake hands as they walk the field before taking on Tennessee at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020.

Nov 21, 2020; Auburn, Alabama, USA; Tennessee Volunteers receiver Brandon Johnson (7) carries against the Auburn Tigers during the first quarter at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 21, 2020; Auburn, Alabama, USA; Auburn Tigers mascot Aubie participates in pregame cheers before a game between the Auburn Tigers and the Tennessee Volunteers at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 21, 2020; Auburn, Alabama, USA; Tennessee Volunteers quarterback Jarrett Gguarantano (2) celebrates with receiver Josh Palmer (5) after scoring a touchdown against the Auburn Tigers during the first quarter at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 21, 2020; Auburn, Alabama, USA; Tennessee Volunteers head coach Jeremy Pruitt greets his team after a defensive stop against the Auburn Tigers during the first quarter at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

Auburn quarterback Bo Nix (10) walks across the field at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020.
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Auburn offensive coordinator Chad Morris at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020.
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Nov 21, 2020; Auburn, Alabama, USA; Auburn Tigers running back Shaun Shivers (8) carries against the Tennessee Volunteers during the first quarter at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

Auburn quarterback Bo Nix (10) and quarterback Grant Loy (14) warm up side-by-side at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020.
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Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn looks on as his players warmup at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020.
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Nov 21, 2020; Auburn, Alabama, USA; Auburn Tigers quarterback Bo Nix (10) carries the ball against the Tennessee Volunteers during the first quarter at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

 

Auburn defensive tackle DaQuan Newkirk (44) takes Tennessee quarterback Jarrett Guarantano (2) down with him as Auburn defensive lineman Colby Wooden (25) grabs at Guarantano’s ankle at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020.
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Nov 21, 2020; Auburn, Alabama, USA; Auburn Tigers running back Shaun Shivers (8) runs the ball against Tennessee Volunteers defensive back Bryce Thompson (0) during the second quarter at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 21, 2020; Auburn, Alabama, USA; Auburn Tigers receiver Anthony Schwartz (1) makes a touchdown catch against the Tennessee Volunteers during the second quarter at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 21, 2020; Auburn, Alabama, USA; Tennessee Volunteers quarterback Jarrett Guarantano (2) is hit by Auburn Tigers defensive end Big Kat Bryant (1) as he throws a pass during the second quarter at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 21, 2020; Auburn, Alabama, USA; Tennessee Volunteers receiver Velus Jones (1) returns a kickoff against the Auburn Tigers during the second quarter at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 21, 2020; Auburn, Alabama, USA; Auburn Tigers running back DJ Williams (3) carries against the Tennessee Volunteers during the third quarter at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 21, 2020; Auburn, Alabama, USA; Tennessee Volunteers quarterback Harrison Bailey (15) drops back to pass against the Auburn Tigers during the fourth quarter at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

Auburn running back Tank Bigsby (4) runs the ball at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Auburn and Tennessee are tied 10-10 at halftime.

Auburn quarterback Bo Nix (10) looks for a receiver as Tennessee linebacker Henry To’o To’o (11) beelines for him at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020.
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Tennessee running back Eric Gray (3) is taken down by Auburn linebacker Owen Pappoe (0) at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Auburn defeated Tennessee 30-17.

Auburn defensive back Nehemiah Pritchett (14) deflects a pass intended for Tennessee wide receiver Ramel Keyton (80) at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Auburn defeated Tennessee 30-17.

Nov 21, 2020; Auburn, Alabama, USA; Auburn Tigers head coach Gus Malzahn reacts after a play during the third quarter against the Tennessee Volunteers at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 21, 2020; Auburn, Alabama, USA; Auburn Tigers kicker Anders Carlson (26) makes a field goal against the Tennessee Volunteers from the hold of Jackson McFadden (84) during the third quarter at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 21, 2020; Auburn, Alabama, USA; Auburn Tigers quarterback Bo Nix (10) throws a pass against the Tennessee Volunteers during the third quarter at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 21, 2020; Auburn, Alabama, USA; Tennessee Volunteers running back Eric Gray (3) carries against the Auburn Tigers during the third quarter at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

Auburn running back Tank Bigsby (4) wamrs up ahead of the Tennessee game at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020.
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Nov 21, 2020; Auburn, Alabama, USA; Auburn Tigers quarterback Bo Nix (10) is tacked by Tennessee Volunteers lineman Kurott Garland (79) during the fourth quarter at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt gestures at his players at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020.
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Auburn wide receiver Seth Williams (18) fights for extra yards against Tennessee at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020.
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Nov 21, 2020; Auburn, Alabama, USA; Auburn Tigers running back DJ Williams (3) carries against the Tennessee Volunteers during the fourth quarter at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

Tennessee tight end Princeton Fant (88) reaches out to brace his fall after diving to avoid a tackle at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020.
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Nov 21, 2020; Auburn, Alabama, USA; Auburn Tigers defensive back Nehemiah Prtichett (14) pressures Tennessee Volunteers receiver Ramel Keyton (80) during the fourth quarter at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

Auburn running back D.J. Williams (3) dives for a few extra yards at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Auburn and Tennessee are tied 10-10 at halftime.

Auburn fans cheer on their team at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Auburn and Tennessee are tied 10-10 at halftime.

Auburn defensive back Roger McCreary (23) tackles Tennessee wide receiver Velus Jones Jr. (1) at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Auburn and Tennessee are tied 10-10 at halftime.

Auburn running back D.J. Williams (3) runs the ball at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Auburn and Tennessee are tied 10-10 at halftime.

Auburn kicker Anders Carlson (26) kicks a field goal at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Auburn and Tennessee are tied 10-10 at halftime.

Auburn wide receiver Eli Stove (12) cuts up field after a catch at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Auburn and Tennessee are tied 10-10 at halftime.

Auburn quarterback Bo Nix (10) cuts up field as he scrambles at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Auburn and Tennessee are tied 10-10 at halftime.

Auburn quarterback Bo Nix (10) throws the ball at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Auburn and Tennessee are tied 10-10 at halftime.

Auburn running back Tank Bigsby (4) runs the ball at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Auburn and Tennessee are tied 10-10 at halftime.

Auburn wide receiver Seth Williams (18) drags defenders for a few extra yards at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Auburn and Tennessee are tied 10-10 at halftime.

Nov 21, 2020; Auburn, Alabama, USA; Auburn Tigers defensive back Nehemiah Prtichett (14) pressures Tennessee Volunteers receiver Ramel Keyton (80) during the fourth quarter at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

Auburn wide receiver Anthony Schwartz (1) cuts up field after a catch at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Auburn and Tennessee are tied 10-10 at halftime.

Tennessee defensive back Bryce Thompson (0) holds back and takes a touchback after intercepting the ball in the end zone at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Auburn and Tennessee are tied 10-10 at halftime.

The color guard presents the flags before the game at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Auburn and Tennessee are tied 10-10 at halftime.

Tennessee players pray in the remnants of the Auburn intro fog at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Auburn and Tennessee are tied 10-10 at halftime.

Auburn players take the field at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Auburn and Tennessee are tied 10-10 at halftime.

The National Anthem at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Auburn and Tennessee are tied 10-10 at halftime.

Auburn fans cheer on their team before the game at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Auburn and Tennessee are tied 10-10 at halftime.

Auburn quarterback Bo Nix (10) gets a pass off faster than Tennessee defensive lineman Darel Middleton (97) could get his hands up for a block at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020.
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Auburn quarterback Bo Nix (10) looks for a receiver as Tennessee linebacker Henry To’o To’o (11) beelines for him at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020.
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Tennessee linebacker Quavaris Crouch (27) takes Auburn wide receiver Kobe Hudson (5) down as he carries the ball at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020.
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Auburn defensive back Smoke Monday (21) after picking off an interception in Tennessee’s end zone and running it back for a touchdown at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020.
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Auburn defensive tackle DaQuan Newkirk (44) gets his arms around Tennessee running back Eric Gray (3) at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020.
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Auburn quarterback Bo Nix (10) throws the ball at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Auburn defeated Tennessee 30-17.

Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn and Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt shake hands after the game at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Auburn defeated Tennessee 30-17.

Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn shake hands with Auburn defensive end Big Kat Bryant (1) after the game at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Auburn defeated Tennessee 30-17.

Auburn tight end John Samuel Shenker (47) turns up field after a catch at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Auburn defeated Tennessee 30-17.

Auburn defensive end Big Kat Bryant (1) celebrates after sacking Tennessee quarterback Harrison Bailey (15) at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Auburn defeated Tennessee 30-17.

Fans cheer on Auburn defensive back Smoke Monday (21) after his pick-six at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Auburn defeated Tennessee 30-17.

Tennessee tight end Princeton Fant (88) catches a pass at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Auburn defeated Tennessee 30-17.

Auburn fans taunt a once loud Tennessee fan after Tennessee misses a field goal at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Auburn defeated Tennessee 30-17.

Auburn kicker Anders Carlson (26) kicks a field goal at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Auburn defeated Tennessee 30-17.

Auburn quarterback Bo Nix (10) runs the ball at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Auburn defeated Tennessee 30-17.

Auburn quarterback Bo Nix (10) throws the ball at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Auburn defeated Tennessee 30-17.

Auburn wide receiver Eli Stove (12) turns up field after a catch at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Auburn defeated Tennessee 30-17.

Tennessee running back Eric Gray (3) is taken down by Auburn linebacker Owen Pappoe (0) at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Auburn defeated Tennessee 30-17.

Tennessee running back Eric Gray (3) gets sandwiched between Auburn defensive tackle DaQuan Newkirk (44) and Auburn linebacker Zakoby McClain (9) at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Auburn defeated Tennessee 30-17.

Auburn quarterback Bo Nix (10) acknowledges the crowd after the game at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Auburn defeated Tennessee 30-17.

Auburn running back D.J. Williams (3) runs the ball at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Auburn defeated Tennessee 30-17.

Auburn quarterback Bo Nix (10) throws the ball to Auburn tight end John Samuel Shenker (47) at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Auburn defeated Tennessee 30-17.

Auburn defensive back Smoke Monday (21) acknowledges the crowd after the game at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Auburn defeated Tennessee 30-17.

Auburn defensive back Smoke Monday (21) returns an interception for a touchdown at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Auburn defeated Tennessee 30-17.

Obviously, despite the issues, plenty of names stood out for Tennessee football. Eric Gray had a great performance, the interior part of the offensive line in general did its job, the pass rush showed up, and the team did move the ball. There were just too many key moments in which Pruitt’s team came up short.

Now, with all of these issues, including another quarterback controversy and Pruitt’s seat warmer than ever, the Vols have the Vanderbilt Commodores up next. Then they have two top 10 opponents, the Florida Gators and the Texas A&M Aggies. Both of them might be in the top five by the time they face the Vols as well.

As a result, every reasonable person has Tennessee football finishing the year 3-7 at best, and it’s more likely they finish 2-8 rather than 4-6 or 5-5. Simply put, this team is in trouble, and a turnaround similar to what happened last year seems impossible. What that means for the future remains to be seen.