Noise record at Neyland Stadium set in Tennessee’s win over Alabama
Neyland Stadium wasn’t just rowdy on Saturday when Tennessee hosted rival Alabama. It was the loudest the 101-year-old stadium had ever been.
A new noise record of 125.4 decibels was set in No. 3 Tennessee’s 52-49 win over No. 6 Alabama in front of a crowd of 101,915. The previous record would have been 118.
Tennessee football on social media announced the new decibel record on Tuesday, noting that home-court advantage helped lead Alabama to four false starts, two game delays, a forced timeout and the all-important missed goal on the field.
Alabama missed wide right on what would have been a 50-yard field goal with 15 seconds left. Hendon Hooker took over, completing two passes covering 45 yards to set up Chase McGrath for a 40-yard field goal when time expired.
“Alabama had more total yards on penalties (130) than they had total rushing yards (114),” said Josh Pate, 247Sports college football analyst and host of The Late Kick. , on the Sunday night show, after being in Knoxville to watch the game. . “If you don’t think the environment they played in (Saturday) night contributed to that, I think you’re in a bit of denial.
“It’s the best regular season game I’ve ever seen in person. It’s the loudest environment I’ve ever seen in person. I couldn’t believe the sustained roar, the sustained decibel level.
Bryce Young played despite a shoulder injury, completing 35 of 52 passes for 455 yards and two touchdowns. But Hooker and the Vols stole the show, as he threw for 385 yards and five touchdowns. All five when Jalin Hyattwho finished with six receptions for 207 yards.
The Vols, snapping a 15-game losing streak against the Crimson Tide, rushed for 182 yards and two touchdowns on 39 attempts.
After McGrath’s basket snuck over the crossbar, Tennessee fans stormed the field, harassing the head coach Josh Heupel and his players before knocking down the goal post and carrying them out of the stadium.
“Man, what an amazing scene,” Heupel said. “As this thing ends, shoot, I run into the middle of the field. But you can see the swarm of oranges descending (on the ground). The orange out was phenomenal tonight. But God, the energy of our fans, man. The student body, our entire stadium, our entire stadium, it was electric.
“Vol Walk is still the most unique thing in college sports in my opinion. Until you experience it, it’s just words, but it really is. Tonight’s Vol Walk was unlike anything I could have imagined. The sea (of people) when I turned left with my children was so deep. Man, what an awesome night for Vol Nation.
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Tennessee is 6-0 for the first time since 1998. The Vols host UT Martin in a noon EST Saturday kickoff before returning to SEC play against Kentucky, kicking off at 7 p.m. ET on Oct. 29 in Knoxville.
The November schedule includes a date with No. 1 Georgia in Athens on Nov. 5, a home date with Missouri a week later, then two road games to complete the regular season schedule in South Carolina and Vanderbilt.
“There’s a lot left over there,” Heupel said. “We have to keep improving. At the same time, we have a chance to continue developing focus, urgency, conviction, preparedness, if we handle it the right way.
“For our program, you just keep elevating yourself. Rocky Top is special. That’s why I wanted to be here. The fan base, the match day environment. The pageantry here in Knoxville. This is absolutely as good college football as anywhere in the country.