Still, first things first, I checked the score and saw to my enormous relief that we hadn't succumbed to defeat. The AP reports:
Work in progress? That's not what I want to hear in October.
"We're still very much a work in progress," coach Phillip Fulmer said. "I thought we made some strides in running the offense at times.
Tennessee still struggled, converting three of 13 third downs and picking up only nine first downs.
With the Vols off to a poor start, Neyland Stadium was again less than full. The crowd was announced at 99,539, about 2,500 short of a sellout. It's unlikely an ugly win against a middle of the pack team from the Mid-Amercian Conference will do anything to appease Vols fans who have been displeased with Fulmer.
But hey, how 'bout the Dores? 5-0? You might think I'd be disgruntled about that, too. And maybe I will be, toward the end of the season. But for right now, it's good to see Vanderbilt transformed. Glad some Tennessee team is doing well in the SEC.