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Did Tennessee Benefit From Shady Clock Operation On Final Drive vs. South Carolina?

Controversial clock management in Tennessee game.

Did Tennessee benefit from some shady clock operation late against South Carolina?

Tennessee failed to score on its final drive against South Carolina - despite numerous opportunities in the game's final seconds. Some are thinking that even though the Vols lost, things were a bit unfair from a clock operation perspective.

With four seconds to play, Tennessee faced 2nd-and-goal from the 2-yard-line. Most expected the upcoming play to be the last of the game. But after a quick incompletion, one second still remained on the clock.

There were many watching who believed that there was some home cooking from the clock operator.

Even ESPN's Matt Barrie thought it was a bit shady.

But, we went back and watched the tape. We clocked the play at 2.7 seconds - which lines up with the actual timing kept on the field. Here it is:

In the end, it didn't matter. Tennessee didn't score on the final play anyway. But it turns out there wouldn't have been too much controversy regardless.