At the 9:23 mark of the first quarter on Saturday, Vols freshman cornerback Devaun Swafford returned an interception 62 yards to the house to give the Vols a 7-0 lead over the No. 19 Florida Gators in The Swamp.
On this play, something happened that positively changed the course of one team's season.
Unfortunately, that team was the Gators, and the Vols were the first team to suffer the wrath of newly-crowned starting quarterback Tyler Murphy.
Even with how bad Nathan Peterman and Justin Worley played, I firmly believe that if Jeff Driskel had played the entirety of that game, the Vols would have come away with a victory, but that's a different story for a later date.
However, in stereotypical Tennessee fashion, the Vols were beaten down with the bad luck stick. Instead of facing the turnover-prone signal caller, they drew a quarterback that looked like he was running a Michael Vick-esque 4.25 second 40-yard dash every time he tucked the ball and scrambled.
You just never know what you are going to get with quarterbacks.
It's understandable why everyone is upset about the transgressions that took place under center on Saturday for UT, but everyone needs to settle down for a second.
Before getting worked up about Butch Jones' so-called "bad decision" to start Peterman, let's remember that most of you are the same people that wanted Worley to get the hook following the travesty that was the Oregon game. I know because I was one of them.
When the news was announced at 1:40 p.m., I liked the move. And contrary to popular opinion, I still like the decision.
Now, it goes without saying that Peterman's performance this Saturday was ugly. A 4-for-11 day with 5 yards and two interceptions in one half of football is a pretty inexcusable stat line, but in his defense, if everyone's memory was wiped and the game were to be replayed tomorrow under the same circumstances, I'd bet everything I own he wouldn't come close to being that putrid.
It was just an unfortunate performance, and I'm sure his hand injury that he underwent surgery for on Monday didn't help.
Now step away from the Peterman fiasco and consider Justin Worley's day. It's not like he came in and blew the doors off. In fact, he was equally horrendous. He just happened to be the beneficiary of blind rage.
I know Jones is going to get heat for giving a freshman quarterback his first career start in The Swamp, but if he had started Worley and he answered that call with the same 10-for-23 performance, everybody would be upset that he didn't start someone else.
And what if Peterman had lit the Gators defense up?
Jones would be labeled a genius.
Once again, you just never know with quarterbacks, especially in the midst of a position controversy.
It was a lose-lose situation for Jones, and he made a decision that he thought was best for the team. Every coach does it week in and week out, and sometimes it pays off and sometimes it doesn't. Unfortunately for UT, this one didn't.
In the words of Jones, it's time to snap-and-clear and get ready for South Alabama. A team that, for whoever starts as quarterback – possibly freshmen Joshua Dobbs or Riley Ferguson – should provide little to no resistance.
Or so the Vols hope.