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Tennessee Football Top 25 Plays of 2015 #3: The Strip Save

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Counting down the season's biggest plays.

The face most of us were making that day until this play.
The face most of us were making that day until this play.
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Tennessee and South Carolina have played games decided by three, two, three in overtime, and three points the last four years.  The Vols have been fortunate to win the last three in a row thanks to incredible work by Marquez North, a miracle comeback in Columbia, and in part this play as Carolina came downfield in the final minute looking to tie or take the lead:

Had they not fumbled, South Carolina would have converted a 3rd and 10 to the Tennessee 25 yard line, putting themselves in range to tie the game with a field goal or, with 32 seconds left, take their chances in going for the win.  The drive itself didn't earn Tennessee any warm fuzzies as another team came down the field with the game on the line.  And given Carolina's struggles this year a three point win isn't anything to brag about.  But this play remains one of the season's most important, as Malik Foreman knocked the ball loose from behind and Jalen Reeves-Maybin recovered to give Tennessee the win and keep their momentum alive.