Butch Jones on Tennessee's 17-13 win over UMass: 'Just flat-out unacceptable'

Butch Jones on Tennessee's 17-13 win over UMass: 'Just flat-out unacceptable'”

Tennessee's game against MA isn't expected to be closely contested, but it does represent one of the most important games of the season.

This time, he had a different postgame approach. "The performance is unacceptable. It is unacceptable, and we'll get back to work tonight".

The Volunteers acknowledge they're frustrated over a 26-20 loss to the 20th-ranked Gators that was decided on a 63-yard touchdown pass as time expired. Vols lead 7-0. Dormady completed all seven of his passes, capping off a 9-play drive with an 8-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Byrd. Tennessee coach Butch Jones asked.

UMass is hoping the experiences at Florida and SC can help the Minutemen understand the atmosphere they'll encounter at Neyland Stadium.

The challenge for the Vols has been focusing on playing a game this week.

Yes, he had a big drop in the fourth quarter, but sophomore Brandon Johnson had a career-high seven receptions for 123 yards, including a 66-yard catch-and-run in the second quarter. "We have to make sure the maturity of our team stays up to par and everybody is ready to play in this early game".

"I think 4, their quarterback, is outstanding the way he manages the game, quickness of release", Jones said. "That's on me. I also think it was a byproduct of huddling our sideline and talking to our team".

"We suffered every gamut of emotions you can, but you know what?" "(I was) trying to give our team a spark as well".

UPDATE, 12:40: After one quarter, Tennessee and UMass are scoreless.

"We talked a little bit about that, of making sure that we get off to a good start", UMass coach Mark Whipple said. Quarterback Andrew Ford is a legitimate threat through the air.

KICKING WOES: UMass' Michael Schreiner has missed all four of his field-goal tries this season, even though he doesn't have a single attempt from beyond 39 yards. On three drives, Guarantano was 2-of-5 for minus-3 yards.

UMass has gone 0-4 against SEC teams over the last two years but has been competitive in each of those games.

"It goes back to the whole snap-and-clear mentality", Kelly said this week.

The Minutemen lost 24-7 at Florida and 34-28 at SC and fell 47-35 to Mississippi State at Gillette Stadium, home of the NFL's New England Patriots.

An ankle injury prevented Breneman from playing.

The halftime speech didn't inspire any better play in the second half as one might believe.

Tennessee hosts No. 11 Georgia.

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