Thursday, December 2

What did Tennessee fans throw at Lane Kiffin? Ole Miss coach hit with golf ball by angry crowd

The Tennessee home crowd was unhappy at the end of the fourth quarter against Ole Miss.

Did Volunteer fans start throwing water bottles, pizza boxes, beer bottles, a mustard bottle, and a golf ball? Yeah, a golf ball on Ole Miss Lane Kiffin’s coach.

The chaos caused a 20-minute delay in play as security tried to control the crowd.

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Tennessee had been mounting a comeback against the No. 13 Rebels, with quarterback Hendon Hooker scoring a touchdown with 13:41 left in the game to make it 31-26.

After some empty possessions, the Volunteers recovered the ball with 4:08 to play. They moved to 50 before they were backed up 14 yards with a sack and a penalty. Facing a quarter and 24, Jacob Warren caught a Hooker pass and approached the first down marker, but was narrowly ruled out. The rebels took possession with 54 seconds left. Video review confirmed the ball was short of the first down marker.

That got the crowd moving.

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Trash rained down onto the field as Ole Miss had to clear her sideline to avoid debris. The Tennessee band, dance team and cheerleaders were sent to the locker room during the delay, and police cleared parts of the student section.

The game finally resumed with 54 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Ole Miss was forced to punt after going three and out, and Tennessee, who burned two timeouts during the Rebels’ last possession, took control with a chance to drive down the field and win the game.

Tennessee’s Mac Brown returned the punt 53 yards to Ole Miss’s 47-yard line, and the team drove to Ole Miss 21. With 3 seconds left, backup quarterback Joe Milton III looked for a goal in the end zone. . , but he shot out of his pocket and ran for 13 yards before being pushed out of bounds at the 8-yard line to end the game.

After the game, Tennessee Chancellor Donde Plowman issued a statement on Twitter, saying she was “shocked and sick” by the litter dumping on the field.

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There was already a lot of tension in the game between the Tennessee fanbase and Kiffin. Now Ole Miss’s coach was Tennessee’s coach in 2009. After a 7-6 season, Kiffin left for USC, infuriating Volunteer fans over his brief tenure.

And Tennessee fans reminded him how unhappy they were when he entered the stadium:

After the game, Kiffin told the SEC Network that he was “relieved” that the game was over.

“I don’t know if I’m more excited that I found a way to win or that they didn’t hit me with the golf balls that were being thrown at me,” Kiffin said.

Then, as he walked into the locker room and fans kept throwing things at him, Kiffin gave something back to the crowd.

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