If the Bucs manage to beat Samford on Saturday, they would clinch the outright Southern Conference championship for the first time ever and earn the league’s automatic bid to the FCS playoffs.
Jarrett Guarantano threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to Marquez Callaway on the final play of the first half, Darrell Taylor recorded four sacks and Tennessee trounced No. 12 Kentucky 24-7 on Saturday.
The 12th-ranked Wildcats have lost 16 straight road games to the Vols and haven’t beaten Tennessee in Knoxville since 1984, but they head to Neyland Stadium on Saturday as six-point favorites.
Quay Holmes scored three touchdowns, Artevius Smith had two interceptions and ETSU beat Mercer 21-18 on Saturday.
Marquez Callaway returned a punt for a touchdown, Tennessee’s defense nearly pitched a shutout and the Vols defeated Charlotte 14-3 in their final nonconference game of the season Saturday.
After squandering a 21-9 second-half lead in a 27-24 loss at South Carolina last week, the Vols must win three of their last four games to become bowl eligible.
Game 10 for Randy Sanders’ Bucs comes Saturday when ETSU visits Mercer. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m.
Senior quarterback Austin Herink has engineered eighth fourth-quarter or overtime comebacks during his East Tennessee State career.
South Carolina stopped Tennessee on downs twice in the final quarter to rally from 12 points down for a 27-24 Southeastern Conference win Saturday night.
Austin Herink engineered two late scoring drives and ETSU rallied from a 15-point deficit with a little over five minutes left in regulation to edge Western Carolina 45-43 in a three-overtime thriller Saturday evening at Greene Stadium.
No. 25 East Tennessee State hosts Western Carolina on Saturday in the newly dubbed “Blue Ridge Border Battle,” which kicks off at 3:30 p.m. at Greene Stadium.
Tua Tagovailoa threw touchdown passes to four receivers and top-ranked Alabama reached the end zone on its first four possessions, trouncing Tennessee 58-21 on Saturday.
Lennox McAfee and Andre Stoddard combined for four rushing touchdowns to lead No. 12-ranked Wofford to a 30-17 win over No. 21 East Tennessee State on Saturday that forced a tie atop the Southern Conference football standings.
Alabama’s last obstacle before a showdown with No. 5 LSU is a longtime Southeastern Conference rival it has treated as little more than a speed bump for over a decade.
No. 21 East Tennessee State gets a chance to prove it’s for real when it puts its perfect Southern Conference record on the line against No. 12 Wofford on Saturday.