The replay looked close after several camera angles, and Tennessee fans didn’t like it well. This is when things took a turn for the worse on Rocky Top. Crowds littered the field with garbage, causing a delay of more than 20 minutes as authorities tried to bring the situation under control.
Ole coach Miss Lane Kiffin was hit with a golf ball. Fans threw in water bottles, beer cans, vape pens, pizza boxes, and even – notably – an entire container of mustard. The players rushed to the center of the field to avoid the debris, and the garbage throw got so bad that the cheerleaders came out, the Tennessee dance team ran through the tunnel holding signs at the over his head and the Tennessee group left the stands.
In short, it was potentially the most embarrassing display of the season.
What makes matters worse is that Tennessee still had an outside chance to win the game. The Vols had all three timeouts after turnover on the downs and stressed the Rebels’ defense to a point where several players hit the pitch with cramps in the fourth quarter.
Tennessee actually recovered the ball in midfield after a long punt return, but Hooker suffered what appeared to be a hamstring injury after converting on a first down. Joe Milton came in as a substitute but couldn’t get the ball into the end zone as Ole Miss won 31-26.
“I don’t know if I’m more excited that we found a way to win, or that I wasn’t hit with the golf balls they were throwing at me,” Kiffin said after the game.
Kiffin took the golf ball with him off the field and threw his visor into the stands as he walked into the tunnel after catching a water bottle thrown at his head.