The 20-year-old fan fell about 35 feet from the upper deck and landed on another fan sitting in the mezzanine area. The young man of Lenoir City, Tenn. was pronounced dead at the hospital shortly before midnight.
Grubb fell from the front row of section 311, a Tennessee student seating section. According to eyewittnesses, he was celebrating the Volunteers' second touchdown and fell over the railing around 8:30 p.m. The fan he fell upon was treated at an Atlanta hospital and released, with no details available about their identity.
Tennessee Volunteers fans can officially put the Da'Rick Rogers saga behind them. The Volunteers defeated the North Carolina State Wolfpack 35-to-21 in Atlanta on Friday night, in a game where Tennessee wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson's star was born. Patterson, a JUCO transfer who has assumed Rogers' spot in the Vols starting lineup, scored touchdowns of 41 yards (reception) and 67 yards (rush) in the first half of Friday night's game.
On the first of those touchdowns, Patterson burned N.C. State's preseason All-American corner David Amerson. Amerson also got beat on Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray's second touchdown of the night, which went to receiver Zach Rogers. Bray had it easy for most of the night, finishing 27-of-41 for 332 yards to go along with two touchdowns and no interceptions. He was helped considerably by a rejuvenated Vols running game, which racked up 194 yards on 37 carries.
Wolfpack quarterback Mike Glennon, a preseason All-ACC pick, did not have as nice a night. Glennon finished 26-of-44 for 284 yards and a touchdown, but was picked off three times. Wolfpack receiver Quintin Payton had the breakout game for N.C. State, going for 129 yards on only four catches.
The Wolfpack will take on the Connecticut Huskies next Saturday, Sept. 8, while the Vols will host the Georgia State Panthers.
Tennessee had a chance to go up by a really awkward 15 points just before the half against N.C. State, but Tyler Bray fumbled the ball away on the goal line during a catch-'em-sleepin' sneak attempt. Like, literally on the goal line. Like, ON on the goal line. This play was reviewed and determined to be a fumble, but ... looks like a touchdown to me.
Vols fans watching the replay were very convinced it was a touchdown (of course), making far more celebratory noises during replays than Wolfpack fans were. All that really matters is who was doing the cheering after the ruling, though.
Remember when we sort of thought Tennessee's frightening passing game was sunk due to the loss of Da'Rick Rogers? His replacement, four-star JUCO transfer Cordarelle Patterson, just screamed past N.C. State's talented secondary for a 41-yard touchdown.