Sour note: Vols fall to Purdue in Music City heartbreaker

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — The New music Town has experienced its share of tracks about heartbreak and reduction. The Tennessee Vols contributed their possess verse Thursday as they shed to Purdue 45-48 in overtime of the Songs Metropolis Bowl.

Purdue kicker Mitchell Fineran kicked a 38-yard subject objective to gain after the Vols came up small on a fourth-down operate by Jabari Tiny at the 1-property line. Officials reviewed the operate but said Small’s ahead progress was stopped just before the soccer crossed the aircraft of the end zone.

At situations Tennessee (7-6) could not find the suitable notice in opposition to the Boilermakers (9-4). Penalties and turnovers kept the Boilermakers in the match as the Vols viewed as a 21-7 lead evaporated just before halftime.

Tennessee acquired the scoring began when Hendon Hooker hooked up with Cedric Tillman for a rating for the 10th time this year. Hooker identified Tillman streaking powering the defense for a 41-property scoring strike to give the Vols a 7- guide.

It didn’t just take the Boilermakers extensive to reply, on the future engage in from scrimmage Aidan O’Connell linked with Broc Thompson on a 75-property touchdown to tie the game at 7 with 10:28 to engage in in the 1st quarter.

Hooker and Tennessee continued to have their way with the Purdue secondary, obtaining Tillman once again, this time from 61 yards out to give the Volunteers a 14-7 guide.

Tillman eclipsed the 1,000-garden mark for the year soon after ending with seven catches for 150 yards and a few touchdowns.

On the up coming possession the defense arrived up significant, Kamal Hadden picked off O’Connell in the conclude zone with the Boilermakers driving to tie the activity.

The Vols offense then went on an eight-enjoy, 80-lawn generate, taking up 2:14, capped by a 2-property landing operate by Compact to give Tennessee a 21-7 direct with 3:29 remaining in the very first quarter.

Purdue tacked on a few subject objectives to pull within 8 at 21-16.

With just :34 remaining in the 50 %, DaMarcus Mitchell sacked Hooker jarring the ball free deep in Tennessee territory. Prince Boyd Jr. recovered the fumble for the Boilermakers. Two performs later on O’Connell rolled to his appropriate getting restricted stop Payne Durham for the 2-lawn landing. Purdue led 23-21 at the fifty percent.

Tennessee arrived our fast on the to start with push of the second half, Hooker related with Velus Jones Jr. for a 15-garden touchdown to give the Vols the direct 28-23.

Even though Hooker had an inconsistent effectiveness he however completed the match with solid figures together with 26-of-41 passing for 378 yards and 5 touchdowns.

Purdue answered proper back when O’Connell dropped an absolute dime to TJ Sheffield in the corner of the conclusion zone to set the Boilermakers back again on prime.

Just after a Chase McGrath 30-property industry purpose gave Tennessee a 31-30 guide, the defense arrived up large all over again when Trevon Flowers intercepted O’Connell deep in Tennessee territory.

The two groups traded two touchdowns as the Boilermakers obtained touchdown passes of 62 and 70 yards only to see the Vols counter with major operates by Compact to set up two landing passes of their own.

With the clock managing down at the end of regulation, the Vols converted a fourth-and-3 near midfield to allow for Chase McGrath to kick a 56-lawn field purpose but it fell quick and to the appropriate.

Tennessee was flagged for 15 penalties for 128 yards, together with six move interference phone calls. Purdue was identified as for five penalties for 61 yards.

O’Connell concluded the day 26-of-47 passing for 534 yards and five touchdowns. He also threw a few interceptions. Thompson led all Boilermaker receivers with 217 yards on 7 catches and two touchdowns.

The two teams merged for 1,293 yards of offense – 666 for Tennessee and 627 for Purdue. The Boilermakers only experienced 93 yards hurrying on the night time.

Kenneth Proto

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