Butch Jones takes blame, but defends decisions against Oklahoma
By Dustin Dopirak, Knoxville News Sentinel
Tennessee head coach Butch Jones during the Vol Walk before Tennessee's game against Oklahoma in Neyland Stadium Saturday, Sep. 12, 2015. MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL
KNOXVILLE (News Sentinel) -
Before taking a question from reporters on Monday, Tennessee coach Butch Jones asked that the blame for Saturday’s 31-24 double-overtime loss to Oklahoma be placed on his shoulders.
The defeat was arguably the most painful for the Vols (1-1) in his three-year tenure. Tennessee had Oklahoma on the ropes, taking a 17-0 lead in the first half and maintaining a 17-3 lead into the fourth quarter with a deafening sold out crowd of 102,455 adding to the momentum.
But the Vols allowed the Sooners to score a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to tie the game, then two more in overtime to win. It was the biggest lead the Vols have blown at home.
“As the head football coach, I am responsible for the losses,” Jones said, “and I take responsibility. Everyone in our football program was extremely disappointed, and everyone in our organization needs to continue to improve and learn from the experiences that we had from not only Saturday night, but to the week leading up to it in our effort and our preparation. ... I take full responsibility for Saturday night.”
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