Tennessee, meanwhile, could do nothing right. Even a blocked punt in the third quarter that would have made the score 24-7 was disallowed because the Vols had 12 men on the field. With its running game shut down by Gilbert, Weaver, Jimmy Payne, Tommy Thurson and company, Tennessee resorted to short passes. Olszewski and freshman Alan Cockrell, who replaced him late in the third quarter, threw long just three times in the game and never completed a pass that traveled more than 15 yards in the air. Either Dooley had done genius work with his inexperienced pass defenders or Majors had blundered by not testing the Bulldog secondary. "Their coverage took us out of it," said Majors for his part.
After last Saturday's laugher, Dooley's main task is to keep his players' heads out of the air-traffic lanes. "Teams tend to listen to you a little more when they're lucky to win," he said. "Last year I had their attention every week. This is a great start. I'd like for it to be the ending."
As the fans streamed out of the stadium to begin tearing down Athens, they surely seemed satisfied that last year was no dream. But that didn't mean there still weren't questions. Like, could it all possibly happen again?