UT chancellor 'sickened' by behavior of Vols fans in loss to Ole Miss

AP photo by Wade Payne / Ole Miss running back Snoop Conner, bottom, scores a touchdown as he's hit by Tennessee defensive linemen Da'Jon Terry (95) and Ja'Quain Blakely during the first half of Saturday night's game in Knoxville.

KNOXVILLE - It's not every Tennessee football game that is followed by a statement from the university chancellor.

The Volunteers' 31-26 loss to No. 13 Ole Miss inside Neyland Stadium on Saturday night was anything but normal.

After officials ruled with 54 seconds remaining that a fourth-and-24 pass from Tennessee's Hendon Hooker to tight end Jacob Warren traveled only 23 yards to the 41-yard line of the Rebels, Vols fans began throwing debris on the field. Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin, a lightning rod for Vols fans since leaving Tennessee after one season in 2009 for his dream job at Southern California, had a golf ball thrown at him.

The game was delayed for 20 minutes before resuming.

"I am astonished and sickened by the behavior of some Vol fans at the end of tonight's game," Donde Plowman said early Sunday morning through a released statement.