NASHVILLE -- The University of Tennessee football team discovered Thursday night that the replay booth can provide heartache within the state, too.
North Carolina defeated Tennessee 30-27 in double overtime at the Music City Bowl after Vols players rushed the field thinking they had won 20-17 in regulation. Tennessee players also stormed the field at LSU in early October believing they had defeated the Tigers, but the Vols were flagged for too many men on the field, which enabled LSU to score a final-play touchdown.
Officials briefly declared Thursday's game over after UNC quarterback T.J. Yates spiked the ball at the Tennessee 17-yard line with no time showing on the clock, but they reversed their decision after checking upstairs. They ruled the Tar Heels would be penalized for having too many players on the field but that Yates spiked it with a second remaining, which led to Casey Barth tying the game with a 39-yard field goal.
Barth won it with a 23-yard field goal in the second overtime, which occurred moments after Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray was intercepted.
Tennessee, which finished 6-7, was the first of 10 Southeastern Conference teams that will be playing in bowls. Next up for the SEC is Georgia, which faces Central Florida this afternoon in the Liberty Bowl.