Un-special teams doom Vols

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

At this rate, Tennessee is going to lead the country in moral victories.

If the Vols weren't horrible on special teams, they might have a few more real victories.

Special teams let them down again Saturday in their bitter 12-10 loss to Alabama. They've been wretched all season at covering kickoffs, but the kicking part of the equation came back to get them against the Crimson Tide.

Daniel Lincoln had two field goal attempts in the fourth quarter blocked from right up the middle, which just isn't supposed to happen. The one at the end of the game looked low, too. Lincoln also was short on a 50-yard attempt right before halftime.

To be fair, the Vols did recover an onsides kick to give them a chance at the end. But you're rarely going to win any game -- and certainly not a defensive-oriented game -- when you have two field goals blocked in the fourth quarter.