Kiffin Sees Positives from Fourth Quarter

Sept. 14, 2009


The Tennessee football team returned to work Monday following last Saturday's 19-15 loss at the hands of the UCLA Bruins. Just as the first practice each week tends to focus in part on the previous game, head coach Lane Kiffin's post-workout comments concerned his evaluation of the film.

What he saw wasn't good, but it wasn't all bad.

"Going back over the film, it became even more frustrating than it was after the game,' Kiffin said. "Because we really let that one get away. We had so many opportunities to finish the game.

"I was proud of our guys for the way they played in the fourth quarter up until not finishing there at the end on offense. We talk about being a fourth quarter team, about finishing and having a great mentality, about being physical."

The stats prove Kiffin's point. The UT defense held UCLA to minus 5 yards of offense and recorded a safety in the final frame. The offense produced drives of 17 and 13 plays late in the game and held the ball for 14 of the final 18 minutes.

"But championship teams finish," Kiffin said. "We were one yard short of finishing it, and we'll learn from it and be a better team down the road because of it."

Tennessee begins its quest for a championship Saturday when it takes on No. 1-ranked Florida in Gainesville. The contest is slated for a 3:30 p.m. ET kickoff on CBS. It is the Southeastern Conference opener for both squads.

The Tennessee-Ohio game on Sept. 26 in Knoxville is being televised on a pay-per-view basis across the state of Tennessee. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. Eastern time (6 p.m. Central).

Cable systems across the state of Tennessee are scheduled to carry the telecast from the VideoSeat pay-per-view service. Fans can begin contacting their local cable system to order the game and receive price information. The game will also be made available as a pay-per-view event to Tennessee Dish Network subscribers and DirecTV subscribers. Channel numbers for home dish owners will be forthcoming the middle of next week.



ESPN GamePlan is expected to offer the game to fans living outside the state of Tennessee via the ESPN GamePlan package. The game will be blacked out on ESPN GamePlan in the state of Tennessee and cannot be ordered as part of ESPN's package.

The Vol Network "StadiumCast" dial position for Tennessee's game against the Florida Gators at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Saturday will be 89.7 on the FM dial.

Fans attending the game can tune into the Vol Network broadcast at the stadium by bringing a portable radio and tuning in to that channel. The "Kickoff Call-In Show" with Bob Kesling, Tim Priest, Mike Stowell and John Wilkerson begins Vol Network coverage Saturday at 2 p.m. Eastern time (1 p.m. Central).



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