Next up in the Best Plays of 2007 Brackety-ish Thingy is No. 3 seed Foster's Wheel Route versus No. 2 seed That Play Again.
Foster's Wheel Route
At stake: A trip to Atlanta and the SEC Championship Game.
In-game context: Shoot, we were all still looking for our seats when this happened on the very first play from scrimmage for either team:
Impact: That play triggered a really impressive first half by Tennessee, all of which we needed because Kentucky matched it point-for-point in the second. Four dramatic overtimes later, we emerged the survivor.
That Play Again
At stake: The SEC East. We'd lost to Florida. Again. Losing to Georgia, too, would be unthinkable, but it's exactly what most were thinking. Third in the East. Again. Maybe fourth.
In-game context: But huh. We made them punt, and then we scored a touchdown to go up by 7. And we made them punt again. And again. And then, on the first play of the second quarter, offensive coordinator David Cutcliffe dialed up that play we'd used against Florida (I think) the year before:
Impact: Here's an idea: let's run that play more often than once per season. Erik Ainge whiffed on the block, Lucas Taylor's pass was not quite on the mark, and LaMarcus Coker almost ran out of bounds after he managed to catch the ball, and yet he was so wide open it worked. Again. Tennessee was well on its way to the SEC Championship Game. Yeah, we needed somebody to beat Florida, but we helped ourselves against Georgia, too, ruining what could have been, in hindsight, a shot at the national championship.
So which of these two will advance? That's up to you. Vote below.