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Beauty: The Vols, For Once, Had It

If you were ever to ask me the most beautiful thing a football team can do with the ball, it is this:

  • (1st and 10) TENNESSEE drive start at 08:10.
  • (1st and 10) Lennon Creer rush for 10 yards to the MS41, 1ST DOWN UT (Cortez McCraney;Sean Ferguson).
  • (1st and 10) Lennon Creer rush for 2 yards to the MS39 (Karlin Brown;Dominic Douglas).
  • (2nd and 8) Lennon Creer rush for 10 yards to the MS29, 1ST DOWN UT (Zach Smith).
  • (1st and 10) Lennon Creer rush for 4 yards to the MS25 (Tim Bailey).
  • (2nd and 6) Lennon Creer rush for 4 yards to the MS21 (Zach Smith;Jasper O'Quinn).
  • (3rd and 2) Timeout Mississippi State, clock 05:26.
  • (3rd and 2) Lennon Creer rush for 3 yards to the MS18, 1ST DOWN UT (Zach Smith).
  • (1st and 10) Lennon Creer rush for 6 yards to the MS12 (Zach Smith).
  • (2nd and 4) Timeout Mississippi State, clock 04:47.
  • (2nd and 4) Lennon Creer rush for 1 yard to the MS11 (Karlin Brown).
  • (3rd and 3) Timeout Mississippi State, clock 04:38.
  • (3rd and 3) Lennon Creer rush for 9 yards to the MS2, 1ST DOWN UT (Zach Smith;Dominic Douglas).
  • (1st and 0) Lennon Creer rush for 1 yard to the MS1 (K.J. Wright;Terrell Johnson).
  • (2nd and 0) Lennon Creer rush for no gain to the MS1 (Terrell Johnson).
  • (3rd and 0) Lennon Creer rush for 1 yard to the MS0, TOUCHDOWN, clock 02:39.
  • (1st and 0) Daniel Lincoln kick attempt good.

(Taken from the play-by-play at NCAA.com.)

Translation:  We're running the ball.  We're running it straight down the middle.  We know it.  You know it.  You're not stopping it.

That drive was either exclusively up-the-middle running, or it was very close.  It lasted nearly 6 minutes, burned up 3 MSU timeouts, while merely covering 51 yards (it could have kept going for more if the end zone hadn't gotten in the way).