Aug 31, 2013
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Tenn. vs. APSU Postgame Notes
Tennessee's all-time record is now 800-354-53.
The Vols now are 87-24-6 in season openers.
UT improved to 7-0-1 in games played in August and 4-0 on Aug. 31.
The Big Orange is 93-18-5 in home openers, winning 19 in a row since 1995.
The Vols are now 1-0 vs. Austin Peay, UT's 140th different opponent.
Tennessee is 1-0 in coin tosses this season after winning today's flip and deferring.
Tonight's attendance was 97,169, and by contrast 87,821 showed up for the 2012 opener.
The attendance was the third highest among games played today.
The game was completed in two hours and 53 minutes.
#14 Justin Worley, #41 Dontavis Sapp, #45 A.J. Johnson, #72 Zach Fulton.
VFL LEGEND OF THE GAME
This evening's Vol For Life Legend of the Game was Chuck Webb, who wore No. 44 and played running back at Tennessee from 1989-90.
Webb, from Toledo, Ohio, owns the top two rushing days in UT history, rushing for a school-best 294 yards vs. Ole Miss in 1989 and running for 250 yards in the Vols' 1990 Cotton Bowl victory over Arkansas.
JONES ERA BEGINS WITH A "W"
Butch Jones became the fourth-consecutive Tennessee head coach to making a victorious debut. Jones followed in the footsteps of Phillip Fulmer (1993, 50-0), Lane Kiffin (2009, 63-7) and Derek Dooley (2010, 50-0).
Jones is the 24th head coach in UT history, and Vol head coaches are now 20-4 in their UT debuts, including first-game wins by eight of the last nine.
Jones improved to 4-3 in season openers as head coach and now is 2-0 vs. Austin Peay.
For his career, Jones is now 51-27 as a head coach, including stints at Ce ntral Michigan (2007-09) and Cincinnati (2010-12).
VICTORY 800 FOR VOLUNTEERS
The victory over Austin Peay is the 800th in the history of the Tennessee program, moving UT's record to 800-354-53. Only seven schools have more wins, and that group includes Michigan (904), Texas (866, game in progress), Notre Dame (866), Nebraska (856, game in progress), Ohio State (838), Oklahoma (831, game in progress) and Alabama (828).
TEAM 117 CONTINUES UT SUCCESS IN OPENERS
The victory over Austin Peay marks the fifth-consecutive win in a season opener since 2009.
It also marks the 17th win to open the season in the past 19 years since 1995, with the only losses at Cal in 2007 (45-31) and at UCLA in 2008 (27-24, OT).
The Vols claimed their 18th-consecutive season-opening win at home, dating to a 26-26 tie vs. UCLA in 1985.
UT has not lost a season opener at home since 1983.
True freshmen getting their first career starts tonight were Marquez North (WR) and Cameron Sutton (DB).
Redshirt freshman Jason Croom (WR) made his first start.
Also making his first start was sophomore Pig Howard (WR).
22 IN THE FIRST-TIMERS CLUB
10 true freshmen made their Tennessee debuts this evening included A.J. Branisel (TE), Jason Carr (DL), Malik Foreman (DB), Paul Harris (WR), Lemond Johnson (DB), Jaylen Miller (DL), Marquez North (WR), Josh Smith (WR), Cameron Sutton (DB) and Devaun Swafford (WR).
12 others played their first game as Vols, including Drae Bowles (WR), Kenny Bynum (LB), Gregory Grieco (LB), Alden Hill (RB), Johnathon Johnson (WR), Reggie Juin (DB), LaTroy Lewis (LB), Danny O'Brien (DL), Nathan Peterman (QB), Woody Quinn (TE), John Simcox (OL) and Joe Stocstill (LB).
PLAYING TIME FOR SIX WALK-ONS
Six walk-ons saw playing time vs. Austin Peay, including Max Arnold (DB), Tyler Drummer (WR/H), Reggie Juin (DB), Devaun Swafford (DB), Deanthonie Summerhill (RB) and John Simcox (OL).
Tennessee scored 42 points in the first half vs. Austin Peay, which is the most points in a first half since the Vols led Memphis, 42-7, on Nov. 7, 2009.
The Vols scored on their first seven possessions, producing six TDs with Justin Worley at quarterback and then a field goal with Nathan Peterman engineering the drive.
The last time the Big Orange scored on seven drives in a row was on Nov. 6, 2010, vs. Memphis, when UT turned the ball over on downs on its first series before reeling off seven straight scoring drives.
Tennessee scored its most points in a season opener since beating UT Martin, 50-0, on Sept. 4 2010.
Tennessee ground out 315 yards on 52 carries, eclipsing 300 yards rushing for the first time since cranking out 332 (43 att./4 TDs) vs. UT Martin on Sept. 4, 2010.
The Vols produced 30 first downs and 447 yards of total offense, averaging 6.1 yards per play.
Tennessee's defense shut out Austin Peay, holding the Governors scoreless for the first time in 84 games. The Govs lost to Drake, 54-0, on Sept. 24, 2005, in the last occurrence.
UT allowed Austin Peay past the 50 yard line only once during the first half and once in the second half.
The Vols forced five three-and-outs.
The Big Orange limited APSU to 11 first downs, 79 yards rushing and 211 yards of total offense.
True freshman Malik Foreman thwarted an Austin Peay scoring threat at the start of the fourth quarter with his first career interception.
Foreman is the first true freshman since Dwayne Goodrich, who did it on this date in 1996, to pick off a pass in a season opener.
WORLEY IN COMMAND
In his fourth career start, his first since 2011, Justin Worley led the UT offense to touchdowns on its first six possessions.
Worley threw his second career TD pass, connecting with Devrin Young for a nine-yard scoring strike in the first quarter.
Worley connected with Pig Howard at the opening of the second frame, hooking up for an 11-yard TD reception.
Brendan Downs caught TD number three, a three-yard reception just before halftime.
The only prior TD pass during Worley's UT career came against Middle Tennessee in 2011.
Worley is the first Vol other than Tyler Bray to throw for three TDs since Matt Simms had three against UAB on Sept. 28, 2010.
RAJION RACKS IT UP
Rajion Neal became Tennessee's first 100-yard rusher of 2013, moving past the century mark in the first quarter with 104 on eight carries.
Neal finished the first half (and game) with 141 yards on 16 carries with one TD.
Neal's rushing total tied Arian Foster (2005 vs. Vandy) for sixth best in a first half and 11th best in either half by a Vol, matching totals by Foster and Travis Henry (2000 vs. Vandy).
Neal's 47-yard TD run with 12:43 on the clock in the first quarter was Tennessee's first score of the 2013 season.
The 47-yard rush was the longest of Neal's career, besting a 40-yard jaunt vs. UT Martin in 2010.
The rushing touchdown was the eighth of Neal's career, and he now has 13 total for his career, including receiving TDs.
IN THE FAST LANE
Marlin Lane scored Tennessee's second TD of the game, rushing 14 yards to paydirt in the first quarter for his fifth career score.
Lane added another TD in the second stanza, carrying it in from four yards out to put UT on top after the PAT, 35-0.
It marked the third multi-TD game of his career.
Lane ran for the only other TD in his career vs. Montana in the 2011 opener.
PALARDY HANDLING ALL OF THE CHORES
Michael Palardy was a perfect 6-for-6 on PATs.
Palardy was true from 37 yards in the third quarter on his only field goal try.
Palardy's opening kickoff sailed through the end zone for a touchback, his only one of the evening.
Tennessee did not punt in the first half, but Palardy had a 35-yard punt in the third quarter and boomed a 53-yarder in the fourth quarter for a 44-yard average.
PETERMAN AT THE HELM FOR FIRST TIME
Redshirt freshman Nathan Peterman started the second half for Tennessee and led the Vols to a field goal, earning them points on their seventh-consecutive possession of the game.
Peterman's first completion was a 15-yard toss to true freshman Paul Harris, who made his first career grab.
In his first action as a Vol, Peterman completed four of eight passes for 28 yards with no TDs and no INTs. He had three carries for -3 yards.
NOT IN MY `HOOD
Noseguard Daniel Hood recorded his first career interception, returning it five yards and setting the Vols up for their second touchdown of the game in the second quarter.
PLAYING PENALTY-FREE BALL
In what is a rarity for opening games, Tennessee was not penalized vs. Austin Peay.
The last time the Vols finished a game with no penalties was Dec. 1, 2007, vs. LSU in the SEC Championship game.
THREE DIFFERENT RECEIVERS CARD TD CATCHES
Devrin Young scored his first career TD for the Vols, hauling in a nine-yard toss from Justin Worley in the first stanza.
Pig Howard recorded his second career TD, reeling in an 11-yard dart from Justin Worley to open the second quarter. Howard also scored on a 16-yard pass vs. Missouri in 2012.
Brendan Downs caught a three-yard toss from Worley just before the end of the first half. It was his second career TD reception. Downs had a six-yarder vs. Akron last season.
Devrin Young caught a nine-yard TD pass from Justin Worley in the first quarter.
Young opened the second-half with a nifty 58-yard kickoff return. It was the second longest of his career.
Young also added two punt returns for 21 total yards.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MR. CARTER
Celebrating his birthday on Saturday, Jacob Carter caught a pass for a 14-yard gain in the first half on Tennessee's third scoring drive.