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Purdue beats Tennessee in wild, defense-optional Music City Bowl overtime [VIDEO]

It was total chaos, and it came down to a forward progress call and a field goal in overtime

Tennessee tight end Jacob Warren scores a touchdown at the 2021 Music City Bowl NCAA college football game at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn. on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021.  Calvin Mattheis/News Sentinel / USA TODAY NETWORK

With a total of 1290 yards of offense, including 406 in a wild fourth quarter alone, the Purdue Boilermakers barely hung on for a 48-45 win over the Tennessee Volunteers in the 2021 Music City Bowl on Thursday night in Nashville.

Just take in the highlights, as we’ll pick it up late in the fourth quarter of what was pure insanity.

We love college football, but this touchdown by Jacob Warren to give the Purdue Boilermakers a 38-31 lead over the Tennessee Volunteers late in the fourth quarter of the Music City Bowl isn’t exactly a billboard for the sport.

Good gracious, Vols. Maybe attempt to do the defense thing? Or not, because it looks like Purdue doesn’t want to either.

These teams are decimated by injuries and COVID-19 issues, but this is still really, really bad. Of course UT subsequently scored to tie it at 38-38 with 3:37 left. Don’t score too quickly, Boilermakers.

Update 7:05 p.m. THEY SCORED TOO EARLY! WHO NEEDS DEFENSE??? THREE TOUCHDOWNS IN 121 SECONDS!

Update 7:08 p.m. THIS IS ABSOLUTELY INSANE!! FOUR TOUCHDOWNS IN 203 SECONDS!! DON’T START THE PEACH BOWL WE NEED TO FOCUS ON THIS!!

A chance to win was on the leg of Vols kicker from 56 yards at the gun, but he pushed it ever-so-slightly to the right.

That led us to overtime, where UT’s Jaylen Wright appeared to score from two yards out on video on fourth down. But the refs on the field ruled forward progress, and despite Wright not being down or a whistle blowing before he broke the plane of the goal line, he was ruled stopped short.

And that led to Mitchell Finernan’s 39-yard field goal to win it 48-45. Wshew. What a game.