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Tennessee deafens No. 9 Cal

Updated: September 3, 2006, 12:25 AM ET
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- It's the kind of noise you can't prepare for.

You can pump crowd noise into practice. You can play "Rocky Top" on a loop all summer long. You can even simulate the matchup on a college football video game, cranking up the television volume, as California quarterback Nate Longshore did.

Then you get under center, look up and absorb a sea of orange and white, more than 106,000 rabid fans still hungover from last year's disappointment, and you freeze.

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