Overtime TD Catch Gives Vols a Much-Needed Win

Lyn Scarbrough

September 13, 2022 at 9:23 pm.

Tennessee wide receiver Cedric Tillman (4) jumps to catch a pass in the end zone during overtime during a game between the Tennessee Volunteers and Pittsburgh Panthers.

Many times over its fabled football history, Tennessee has been among the nation’s strongest teams, often contending for a conference championship. Sometimes even more.

But not lately.

The Volunteers had another chance on Saturday, playing at No. 17 Pittsburgh, a team that won in Knoxville last season.

Twice the visitors had a seven-point lead, including midway through the fourth quarter, but it was slipping away. Both times, Pitt scored to tie the game, the final touchdown taking the game to overtime, knotted at 27-27.

That’s when wide receiver Cedric Tillman and quarterback Hendon Hooker took over.

Hooker connected with Tillman on a 28-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown, then the Volunteers (2-0) defense held the Panthers without scoring in the 34-27 win.

That touchdown catch has been chosen as the U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish “Catch of the Week.”

For the game, Tillman caught nine passes for 162 yards, including the game-winner. Hooker threw for 325 yards and two touchdowns and no interceptions.

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