Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low
There’s no other way to put it: Tennessee was exposed in every sense of the word Saturday in its 19-15 home loss to UCLA.
All the good will that was built up in the Vols’ 63-7 pasting of an outmanned Western Kentucky team in the opener went down the drain Saturday in the kind of loss that could haunt Tennessee the rest of the season.
Simply, this was a game the Vols desperately needed to win to build some momentum heading into Florida next week. But the offense was abysmal.
Senior quarterback Jonathan Crompton threw three interceptions and just missed a couple more. He also lost a fumble. Crompton, who threw five touchdown passes last week, finished with just 93 yards passing.
But this one wasn’t all on Crompton.
Tennessee’s offensive line took a pretty good beating most of the game, and Lane Kiffin’s play-calling on the goal line late in the game lacked imagination.
Twice, he ran it right up the middle from the 3. The failed fourth-and-goal play right up the gut from the 2 was particularly puzzling. The Bruins’ defense was on its heels at that point.
It’s an ominous loss for the Vols. They will face at least six teams in the SEC this season that are as good, if not better, than UCLA.
And losing at home really stings.
Looks like it's going to be a long season on Rocky Top.