Gordon lifts Tennessee over Vanderbilt 27-21 in OT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Eric Gordon intercepted a pass by Jordan Rodgers and returned it 90 yards for a touchdown in overtime as Tennessee escaped Vanderbilt with a 27-21 win on Saturday night.

The Vols (5-6, 1-6), who had not won a Southeastern Conference all season, ran across the field and mobbed Gordon - a Nashville native - in the end zone. The coaches called them back to the sideline after the officials ruled Gordon's knee touched the ground at Vols 10.

A replay showed Gordon's knee did not hit the grass, and the officials overturned it on review, ending the game.

Twice last season, Tennessee thought it had pulled out a win in the closing seconds of the game only to see its fate changed because of penalties.

Tennessee offensive coordinator Jim Chaney was seen skipping through the press box after the game, shouting "We finally got a break!"

A 20-yard touchdown pass from Rodgers to Chris Boyd gave Vanderbilt (5-6, 2-6) a 21-14 lead early in the fourth quarter.

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