Between the southern hospitality, and the amount of BYU fans that traveled to Knoxville, social media was on fire pregame.
As for the game on the field, a thrown shoe and a tipped touchdown pass for Tennessee brought plenty of clever quips from fans on both sides.
BYU quarterback Zach Wilson found Micah Simon to get the Cougars into field goal range with seven seconds left. Jake Oldroyd made the field goal to send the game to overtime.
Ty'Son Williams scored in the second overtime to give the Cougars the 29-26 victory.
Wearing my orange and just passed by a BYU fan. He hit me with a “good luck today!!”— Smokey Vol (@theSmokeyVol) September 7, 2019
I need this to stop
It's nice to watch a BYU football game broadcast on ESPN actually start on time and not get pushed back.— Lafe Peavler (@LafePeavler) September 7, 2019
Props to BYU, they brought a ton of people to Knoxville.— Kyle Authenreith (@K_Authenreith) September 7, 2019
Tennessee really struggled vs the run last week. BYU coaches: Let's pass every play!— Adalyn (@Adalyn_Workout) September 7, 2019
Same old BYU. I miss Broncos defense— ⚾McKay Bushman⚾ (@LilBushBushman) September 7, 2019
This BYU defense is struggling to get off blocks and can’t hold the edge right now. One of our playmakers (Isaiah Kaufusi, Dayan, or Tonga) need to step up and make a play right here otherwise this could be a long game.— David Nixon (@D_Nixon) September 7, 2019
BYU may not be able to throw touchdown passes, but damn can they throw the opposing QBs shoe far.— Riding the Pine Podcast (@adjpodcast) September 7, 2019
There's the BYU un-luckiness— El Jay (@LJoyce11) September 7, 2019
So far in this BYU Tennessee game we have— Nate Hoole (@nate11hoole) September 7, 2019
1 touchdown (Tennessee)
1 thrown shoe (BYU)
Shaping up to be an instant classic
Drink up, BYU fans.— Joe Rexrode (@joerexrode) September 7, 2019
...and the last 2 plays sums up what it feels like to be a BYU fan for the last 10 years.— Kyle Brown (@Jordanpushed) September 7, 2019
Omg BYU has a player named "Romney" on their team...I can't 😂— Sam Watson 🔴⚫️🐶 (OG Zamir White stan ⚡️) (@Deplorable_Samm) September 7, 2019
That being said, BYU’s defensive front is softer than a minky blanket. They need to stop getting mowed down— Pete (@calvinthe_bold) September 7, 2019
It's not a BYU game without a boneheaded penalty at a critical moment.— Lafe Peavler (@LafePeavler) September 7, 2019
C'mon guys. You can't have a delay of game there.
These BYU fans in the stands in Knoxville are in the culture shock of their life.— Shutdown Man (@ShutdownMan) September 7, 2019
You can tell BYU has a bunch of Eagle Scouts because we are thrifty. We always save our penalties for third downs.— Rex Kwon Dan (@RexKwonDan) September 7, 2019
BYU’s red zone offense makes me wanna die. Year. After. Year.— just Erin (@erinkay32) September 7, 2019
Georgia State would absolutely wreck BYU.— Forrest (@utahforrest) September 7, 2019
😂😂😂😂— Brandon D. (@threeves) September 7, 2019
I love BYU and I love our fans.
But let’s live in the realm of reality!
1) it’s football bad plays and mistakes are going to happen.
2) we are BYU.... it’s just different here. We can’t get sec talent. Our coaches are good.
Let’s just breathe and try to enjoy the game
STOPPED ON 4TH!!!!!!!!— Jason Shepherd (@jsnshep) September 7, 2019
“BYU gets penetration”— Austin Stanley (@AustinStanley81) September 7, 2019
My wife: “No, no they don’t”
Big play, followed by a penalty...*never change BYU— Josh Johnson (@jsjohnson78) September 7, 2019
*actually, please change
If BYU wins, do they celebrate by popping bottles of sparkling cider and then scrapbooking— Fill Up (@PhillyViniJimmy) September 7, 2019
Find you someone who loves you like BYU loves giving up big plays when the other team's offense is backed up behind the chains.— The Sports Bros (@SportsBros) September 8, 2019
Man and I thought the pioneers had it rough. Imagine being a byu cougar football fan 🤦🏽♂️— Cam (@Cameroon19) September 8, 2019
BYU has to establish a identity running the football. Williams should get the ball at least 20 times . Takes pressure off the oline & a young QB . Vols sending pressure & Wilson is getting hit for no reason— Vic Damone III (@KINGxRETRO92) September 8, 2019
Kalani Sitake = Ty Corbin— Diana (@dianaallen) September 8, 2019
I honestly have no idea what BYU is doing offensively. Did they watch film? From either game?— Will West (@WillWestWNML) September 8, 2019
BYU has -8 yds rushing through the 1st half. I’d love to see some under the center formations in the 2nd half and pound the rock.— David Nixon (@D_Nixon) September 8, 2019
BstrugglYU— David Huckvale (@DaveHuck) September 8, 2019
In six quarters, BYU offense has managed three field goals and one meaningless 4th Q touchdown. Not going to win many games that way. Defense isn't awesome but 13 points allowed to Tennessee in a first half is manageable if your offense has any identity at all. #BYUvsTENN— Darnell Dickson (@DarnellWrites) September 8, 2019
Feed Ty’son Williams the rock!!!!— #BeatTennessee 🤙 (@SeanHowardBYU) September 8, 2019
Great punt not as good Jonny Linehan but good enough— Brian Mcdonald (@mcdon002) September 8, 2019
BYU needs to come to my 3rd graders football practice and learn how to tackle. This is tough to watch.— Joshdeveon Ray (@J_T_Ray) September 8, 2019
I know the defense hasn’t been perfect- but I’m more mad at the offense tonight. Horrible execution and play calling overall.— David Huckvale (@DaveHuck) September 8, 2019
byu football disappoints me almost as much as i disappoint my parents :)— 🌈🌻 (@whomsts_mans) September 8, 2019
Why do anything but run against BYU? Can’t stop it at all— Cougies by 90 (@beanmace) September 8, 2019
In the last 2 minutes, Alex has pledged to sleep on our front porch if BYU doesn’t score, and to go on a hunger strike if they don’t win tonight, which will last until they do win.— T Allred (@tallred03) September 8, 2019
I’m so glad I married a reasonable man.
Wow. BYU literally punted any chance of winning this game on that last drive. Just a horrible coaching decision.— ＡＮ ８０１ ＯＲＩＧＩＮＡＬ (@TheJazzyUte) September 8, 2019
Still can't believe BYU still has a shot to win this game. Gotta make the defensive stop.— Jay Worlton (@JayWorlton) September 8, 2019
So this is a 100% going to be a BYU win now 20-16, right? It’s not going to go to OT. Will it? Too many OT games already today.— They So POO POO (@PapaSmurfUTE) September 8, 2019
BYU is terrible? The difference in this game is literally a lucky bounce off a deflection.— Uncle Maui (@UncleMaui) September 8, 2019
HOW IN THE WORLD DID HE GET SO WIDE OPEN?!?— PooPoo Batman (@wheatie_87) September 8, 2019
Everybody on BYU has tons of experience with meetings running way longer than expected. Tennessee is doomed.— Matt Brown (@MattSBN) September 8, 2019
This game 😳— Jordan Leslie (@Jles9) September 8, 2019
Someone let me know when I can go inside and enjoy my victory or consolation meal of a huge Ribeye and french fries.— Travis (@travturner22) September 8, 2019
Texted my ex “rocky flop” because they’re losing to BYU and you would have thought I had killed his family. Man went OFF— Sass Princess (@sassytrainwreck) September 8, 2019
Tennessee fans were probably the nicest I’ve experienced ever. Just mind-blowingly nice, even in defeat. They went out of their way to “welcome to Knoxville” and “hope you have fun.” If everyone was this nice this country would be alright. #TENNvsBYU #BYUFootball— Eugenic Gene (@EugenicGene) September 8, 2019