Walk-on saves the day for Vols in season opener

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The Tennessee season opener victory against Georgia tech gave Vol fans yet another heart pounding thriller Monday night. The Vols were only 3 seconds and 36 yards away from losing it all until, walk-on Paul Bain jumped up and saved the day.

Bain blocked what would have been a game winning field goal for Georgia Tech in the final seconds of regulation.

The redshirt junior from Powder Springs Georgia said he works two jobs to make ends meet and get through school. One job at Champs, the other on a farm.

"I'm grinding horse feed essentially," said Bain.

His high school coach and former Halls High School standout Phillip Ironside said what Vol fans see on and off the field is nothing new of Bain. Ironside said Bain has always been a player of good character.

"Paul Bain doesn't take no for an answer, he's just consistent in working it's good to see him get success. We are very proud of him and what he has achieved," said Ironside.

Bain said during the Georgia Tech game it was his first time on the special teams field goal unit.

"I've been preparing for opportunities and God just blessed me with the right time and ability," said Bain.