Josh Heupel seems to be saving his historic performances for special games in which Tennessee football is recognizing certain people. Three weeks ago, when the Vols were hosting the UT-Martin Skyhawks, it was homecoming. He gave returning alumni the present of 65 points, the most points the Vols have scored under him.
Well, for Senior Day against the Missouri Tigers Saturday, Heupel put on another clinic to honor those who ran through the T for the final time. The Vols hung 66 on Mizzou, surpassing last year’s world 62-point total against them, and they also gained over 700 yards of total offense.
It was just the performance the Vols needed after last week’s tough loss at the Georgia Bulldogs. UT reminded everybody it is still a College Football Playoff caliber team, and they put on that show while recognizing those who did such an amazing job turning around the program under Josh Heupel. Here is a photo gallery from Tennessee football’s win.
Similar to Peyton Manning in 1997, Hendon Hooker was able to get out in front of the band after Tennessee football’s memorable victory. It was the perfect type of celebration, but unlike Manning’s Senior Day, Hooker put on a show. On top of that, Hooker and the Vols still have two regular season games before any postseason play.
Obviously, they have to visit the South Carolina Gamecocks and Vanderbilt Commodores. Before looking ahead, though, it was worth looking back. Not only was the win sweet, but the extra score at the end was a perfect way to pour it on after Eli Drinkwitz’s joke about the Vols being under investigation and vacating wins before the year started.
On top of all that, it was also memorable that Tennessee football finally took the series lead over Mizzou, which had plagued UT since that program joined the SEC in 2012. UT lost five of its first seven to Mizzou but has won the last four, so all in all, it was a memorable afternoon.