“We get so caught up in being behind, we start thinking about losing the game,” Dooley said on the call. “And we don’t compete.”
Dooley directed his most pointed comments at the offense. Despite only scoring two field goals and a touchdown, the Vols had thrived into the third quarter, Dooley said. UT had not taken a sack or committed a turnover until Matt Simms’ interception with 6:27 left in the third quarter. Oregon took a 27-13 lead with the score, and Dooley noticed a change in his team.
“We absolutely shut it down after the pick-six on offense,” he said.