The Tennessee Vols‘ official record in Josh Heupel’s first season was 7-6.
But it could’ve easily been 8-5 if the ACC officials in the Music City Bowl would’ve been competent.
The Vols had a touchdown in overtime wiped off the board because of a bogus forward progress call. Tennessee would’ve taken the lead at that point and then had a chance to stop Purdue for the win. At worst, the game would’ve proceeded to a second overtime.
Forward progress. You be the judge pic.twitter.com/aQ9aeWEzBh
— Austin Stanley (@AustinStanley81) December 31, 2021
This is one of the few times where opposing fan bases and national talking heads are taking the Vols’ side.
Pretty much everyone but the Purdue fan base believes Tennessee was robbed in the Music City Bowl.
In fact, two of the most prominent voices in college sports are crediting the Vols with a win against Purdue.
SEC Network host Paul Finebaum and legendary college basketball announcer Dick Vitale each think Tennessee went 8-5 in Heupel’s first season.
Finebaum has declared Tennessee 8-5 on the season. He has flipped the result of the Purdue game.
SEC! SEC! SEC! pic.twitter.com/68XEjtdJVq
— Unnecessary Roughness (@UnnecRoughness) January 3, 2022
Yes Paul @finebaum is right as @Vol_Football TENNESSEE got a bad deal in the Music Bowl . They WON that game as the Vols should have been credited with a TD in OT .JOSH HEUPEL has Vols heading uptown baby ! https://t.co/L4C7cmfK6U
— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) January 5, 2022
It’s not often that the national media is taking up for the Vols. This just further solidifies that Tennessee got a raw deal in the Music City Bowl.
Featured image via Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports