Good morning, folks. I'm still in leisure mode in Tampa, but that won't stop Round Two in the Best Plays of 2007 Brackety-ish Thingy. The first match up features No. 1 seed Berry's INT-bow versus No. 3 seed The Kentucky Denouement. INT-bow got a first round scare winning just 30-21 over four seed Rogan Blows Their 'Dores Off. Kentucky Denouement actually pulled off the upset, beating See Arian Run; See Ref Fall 41-12.
Eric Berry's INT-bow (1)
At stake: Hey, it's Florida. They're always the chief obstacle standing between Tennessee and a chance at an SEC Championship. Two weeks earlier, the Vols had been beaten pretty severely at Cal, and losing two of the first three games of the season would not be good.
In-game context: Florida stormed out of the gate with a punt return for a touchdown and then proceeded to Tebow Tebow Tebow its way to a 28-13 halftime lead that would have been 28-6 if not for an Erik Ainge pass to Chris Brown for a touchdown with 25 seconds left in the half. So much for momentum, though, as Florida picked up right where it left off after the break, driving on the Vols at will and earning Tim Tebow comparisons to Superman. And then, Gary Danielson laus interruptus.
Impact: Eh. On our next possession, a botched handoff between Ainge and Arian Foster resulted in a fumble that a Florida defender picked up and returned for a touchdown, and in the end we were completely dishumiliarrassed. Still, Berry Woo!
The Kentucky Denouement (3)
At stake: Despite Tennessee's own catastrophes, we found ourselves playing for the opportunity to represent the East in the SEC Championship due in part to our own efforts (great wins over Georgia and Arkansas) and in part to the disasters suffered by others in the hunt. Win this one, and we were off to Atlanta.
In-game context: The Tennessee-Kentucky games boils down easy in a way, yet words can't really convey the right mood. Suffice it to say for these purposes that the first half belonged to the Vols, the second half belonged to the Wildcats, and the first, second, third, and fourth overtimes belonged to both teams, right up until the time one of two deserving teams finally put an end to the madness:
Impact: Tennessee went to the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta the next week and
, with apologies to Ohio State, gave eventual national champion LSU its last true test of the season.
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