Tennessee averaged 43 yards on two kickoff returns in a 59-30 win over Bowling Green last week, including a 67-yarder with a facemask penalty tacked on. The Vols also averaged 34 yards on three punt returns, each over 21 yards.
Take a look back at the five games the Vols have played on Sept. 10. Just two years ago, Tennessee faced the Butch Jones-led Cincinnati at Neyland Stadium as Tyler Bray threw for 405 yards in a Vols' win. He became the first UT quarterback not named Manning to throw for more than 400 yards in a game.
Tennessee's 2011 football season began with the longest weather delay in school history. But lightning and high winds only delayed a first-half offensive deluge as the Vols rolled to a 42-16 victory over Montana in Neyland Stadium.
The Vols jumped out to a 14-point lead early in the first quarter thanks to a couple big plays from sophomore receivers Da'Rick Rogers and Justin Hunter. Both Hunter (146) and Rogers (100) had 100-yard receiving days and Tauren Poole ran for 98 yards and a score. Tyler Bray threw for 293 yards and three TDs.
Calhoun's On the River returns as "Vol Calls" headquarters for the fourth straight season and an agreement has just been reached for the iconic restaurant to serve as the show's home for two more years following this season. Famous for its award-winning ribs, BBQ and other delicious Southern dishes, Calhoun's is one of Tennessee's most popular restaurant destinations. Calhoun's will give away prizes each week during football season through its Facebook and Twitter pages including two game tickets and two hospitality passes for each home UT football game. Weather permitting, shows in early Fall will be held out on the restaurant's large deck overlooking the Tennessee River and Neyland Stadium.
"Vol Calls" is the exclusive radio program and event where Tennessee fans can call in and talk with the head coaches of the Volunteers and Lady Vols. Fans can place a "Vol Call" anywhere in the United States by dialing 1-800-688-8657 or Tennessee customers of Verizon can dial #TENN. Patrons at Calhoun's On the River may ask a question in person and fans may also submit questions through the IMG-Vol Network Facebook page. The program can be heard on 50-plus radio stations across the state of Tennessee and the Southeast on the Vol Radio Network. The weekly program can also be heard online live or archived through utsports.com.
The Vols picked up the 700th win in program history in the 2006 opener with a 19-16 win over Southern Miss. With the departure of quarterback Tee Martin, the offense was still looking for someone to fill his shoes. The game was a defensive battle. Defensive end Will Overstreet had two sacks and safety. The Vols had nine total sacks for the game.
Sept. 2, 2006 - No. 23 Tennessee 35, No. 9 California 18 Erik Ainge threw four passes for touchdowns as the Vols raced to a 35-0 lead on the way to the 35-18 upset win over Cal before an electric crowd of 106,009. Robert Meachem caught two of the touchdowns, including an 80-yarder at the start of the third quarter that created a frenzy among the orange-clad fans.
"We've never seen anything like that. That's a pretty impressive atmosphere, there's no doubt about it," Cal coach Jeff Tedford said. "The environment they create gives Tennessee a real home field advantage."
VFL Matt Darr looks to have earned the Miami Dolphins starting punter position. Various media outlets have the news as the Dolphins cut former Pro Bowl punter Brandon Fields on Tuesday with Darr earning the job.
Darr, an undrafted rookie out of Tennessee, outperformed Fields this preseason. He had both a higher punting average (50.3 to 47.0) and net punting average (41.9 to 41.1).
Darr is one of four former Vols with the Miami Dolphins, joining offensive lineman Ja'Wuan James, Dallas Thomas and Jacques McClendon.
The Vols are 3-2 all-time on Sept. 1, winning the first three games played on the date.
In 2001, Tennessee struck paid dirt on its offensive play of the game as Casey Clausen hit Donte Stallworth on a 37-yard scoring pass and the Vols never trailed in a 33-9 win over Syracuse before 107,725 at Neyland Stadium. Constantin Ritzman recorded a second-quarter safety as he tackled Orange QB Troy Nunes in the end zone. Travis Stephens ran for 111 yards and a 4-yard TD. Redshirt freshman Corey Larkins, in his first game as a Vol scored two rushing TDs on runs of 38 and 16 yards.
September 1 (3-2)
1984 - W, 34-27 WASHINGTON STATE 1990 - W, 55-7 PACIFIC 2001 - W, 33-9 SYRACUSE 2007 - L, 31-45 No. 12 California 2008 - L, 24-27 UCLA (OT)