Next up in the Best Plays of 2007 Brackety-ish Thingy is No. 3 seed Yeehaw for Penalties! (a.k.a. Steve Spurrier's Incontinence, Part I) versus No. 2 seed Mayonnazing, and yes, I am quite aware of the fact that that is a deplorable play on words, thank you.
Yeehaw for Penalties!
At stake: Tennessee had lost two of its first three games. We were then thumper in the Georgia game and thumpee in the Alabama game. Against Steve Spurrier, we decided to consolidate things a bit and play both parts in one game.
In-game context: Yikes, this was a frightening game. Thumper finished the first half up 21-0. Thumpee then somehow found itself down 24-21 with only two minutes left in the game. After a nice 37-yard kickoff return by LaMarcus Coker, Erik Ainge led the offense to the Spurrier 26 and then gave up a nine yard sack, almost losing possession of the ball in the process. After an incompletion on third and ten, Daniel Lincoln set up for a 43-yard field goal with nine seconds left:
Impact: Sheesh, Daniel. Yes, Tennessee tied the game, and then Lincoln won the game in OT by hitting his field goal and watching his Gamecock counterpart miss his.
At stake: One more time, this time with feeling: McFadden? Jones? No! Foster, Berry, Mayo? Yes! Nobody was going to beat Arkansas, certainly not the same Vols who'd gotten drubbed by Cal, Florida, and Alabama, and gotten lucky against Steve Spurrier.
In-game context: Mayo's pick six occurred toward the end of the game, after it had pretty much been decided and just before Berry's salt-in-the-wound interception. Tennessee led 27-13 with just under 3:00 to play. Let's view it as the punch that set up the knockout.
Impact: Like I said, if the game was in doubt at all, it wasn't after Mayo thwarted another offensive possession and turned it into six points for the defense. Onward to the SECCG for the Vols.
So which of these two will advance? That's up to you. Vote below.