Kyle Shurmur threw for 367 yards and three touchdowns and Vanderbilt routed Tennessee 38-13 on Saturday to become bowl eligible for the second time in three seasons.
Just four seasons into football’s return at the school, ETSU is one of 24 Football Champion-ship Subdivision teams still standing. The Bucs play at Jacksonville State in the first round Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
For decades, Tennessee and Vanderbilt enjoyed a rivalry in name only after the Vols won this annual matchup 28 times in a 29-year stretch. Lately, there’s been a role reversal.
Virginia Tech pulled out the wildest victory in its 100 meetings with Virginia, winning 34-31 on Friday night after Brian Johnson kicked a 42-yard field goal in overtime and the Cavaliers fumbled away the ball on a botched handoff.
The next time ETSU’s Austin Herink takes a snap from Matt Pyke, he’ll be doing so from an award-winning center. Earlier this week, Pyke was named the winner of the Jacobs Blocking Award.
Twelve ETSU players claimed SoCon honors, including seven as first-team members of the two all-conference teams picked by the league’s coaches and media.
An injury prevented Jarrett Guarantano from playing the final three quarters of a 50-17 loss to Missouri last week. An injury also knocked wide receiver Marquez Callaway out of the game early.
The awards, given by STATS, will be presented at a banquet on Jan. 4 in Frisco, Texas, site of the FCS national championship game.
Missouri trounced the Vols 50-17 on Saturday in Tigers OC Derek Dooley’s return to Tennessee, which fired him as head coach six years ago.
Tennessee has shown progress under Jeremy Pruitt by winning three straight games, including a 24-7 triumph last week over No. 20 Kentucky. The Vols already have exceeded their win total from last year.
A huge crowd is expected at Greene Stadium when the 17th-ranked Bucs entertain Samford in a game that will determine the Southern Conference champion. Kickoff is at 1 p.m.
East Tennessee State's strategy against Samford quarterback Devlin Hodges worked in 2016, but it didn't make much of a difference in 2017.
Austin Herink has been the frontman for the East Tennessee State football team’s resurgence, but his storybook senior season almost didn’t happen.
Tennessee outside linebacker Darrell Taylor sacked Terry Wilson four times in a 24-7 upset of No. 20 Kentucky, matching Vols legend Reggie White for the second-highest single-game total.
If the Bucs manage to beat Samford on Saturday, they would clinch the outright Southern Conference championship for the first time ever and earn the league’s automatic bid to the FCS playoffs.