USU vs. UT Postgame Notes
Aug. 31, 2014

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Tennessee Tidbits

  • In its 118th season of football, UT's all-time record now stands at 805-361-53.
  • Tennessee's record in home openers moved to 88-24-6, dating back to 1891.
  • UT has won six straight and 18 of its last 20 season openers since 1995.
  • Tennessee is 26-3-2 in its last 31 season openers.
  • The squad from Rocky Top is 94-18-5 in home openers, with 20 straight victories in home openers since 1995.
  • The Aug. 31 game is Tennessee's third straight opener on that date, marking the first time in school history that has occurred.
  • UT is 8-0-1 all-time in August and 5-0 on Aug. 31.
  • The program has now won seven straight games played in August.
  • The Vols stand 1-0 after their first-ever meeting vs. Utah State.
  • The Big Orange is 16-1 vs. active members of the Mountain West Conference.
  • UT now is 8-0 in openers vs. MWC schools.
  • Butch Jones is now 5-3 in season openers.
  • He is 56-34 in his career and 6-7 at UT in his second season.
  • Tennessee is 0-1 in coin tosses this season after losing today's flip.
  • UT is 0-0 when winning the coin flip and 1-0 when losing the toss.

VFL Legend of the Game

  • VFL John Henderson (1999-2001) was honored in a pregame ceremony before the Utah State-Tennessee game as Vols Legend of the Game.
  • Henderson racked up 165 tackles and 20.5 sacks during his UT career.
  • He was a semifinalist for the Lombardi Award as a senior, despite missing two games with injuries.
  • He was a ninth overall selection of the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2002 NFL Draft.
  • Henderson recorded 489 tackles and 29 sacks in a 10-season NFL career with the Jaguars and Oakland Raiders. He was named to the Pro Bowl in 2004 and 2006.

Tennessee Captains

32 Vols Debuted

Worley's Career Night

  • Worley established a new career high with 27 completions, and surpassed his career high of pass attempts with 38 for 273 total yards.
  • Following a TD completion to Jalen Hurd in the beginning of the fourth quarter, Worley also tied a career high for TD passes in a game with three (also, 8/31/13 vs. Austin Peay).
  • His 273 total yards tonight are second-most in his career with UT, behind 291 yards against MTSU on Nov. 5, 2011.
  • Entering the fourth quarter, Worley made 13 straight completions, which surpassed Peyton Manning for fourth on the all-time consecutive completion list.

How They Scored

  • #2 Pig Howard ran for an eight-yard TD in the first quarter, marking his first career rushing TD.
  • #85 Brendan Downs caught a 12-yard TD pass from Worley, carding his fourth-career TD catch. Last season, Downs' first TD catch was also in the season opener, a three-yard reception vs. Austin Peay.
  • Worley completed a 14-yard pass to #9 Von Pearson in the third quarter, followed by a successful PAT by Medley.
  • Hurd recorded his first-career TD on a 15-yard run following a pass completion from Worley. Medley's PAT was successful for the extra point.
  • #15 Marlin Lane ran for a seven-yard TD in the fourth quarter, marking his ninth career rushing yard TD.


  • Tennessee completed passes to 11 different players against the Aggies. The last time the Vols used 11 different receivers was on Sept. 22, 2012 vs. Akron.
  • Through the first half against the Aggies, the Vols completed passes to nine different players.
  • In 2013, UT completed passes to 15 different players all year.
  • Six different players scored for the Vols, including Marlin Lane, Jalen Hurd, Pig Howard, Brendan Downs, Von Pearson and Aaron Medley.
  • Tennessee finished the game 6-of-6 in the red zone while USU was only in UT's territory on two occasions.
  • Worley completed a 27-yard pass to #18 Jason Croom in the third quarter, putting his team on the USU 41-yard line.
  • #12 Nathan Peterman entered the game at QB in the fourth quarter. He completed his lone pass attempt for no yards.

Fast Starts

  • The Vols jumped out to a quick start, outgaining USU in total yards 124-39 in the first quarter en route to a 14-0 lead.
  • Worley was 8-of-9 passing for 93 yards and one TD.
  • The Vols defense held Heisman Trophy candidate Chuckie Keeton to 11 yards rushing on two carries and 24 yards on 4-7 pass attempts in the first quarter.
  • The Vols defense also held USU to 0-for-3 on third down conversions in the first quarter.

Defensively Speaking

  • #34 Jalen Reeves-Maybin recorded his first-career double-digit tackle game with 10 against the Aggies. His previous single-game high was three stops, accomplished twice last year.
  • #45 A.J. Johnson also had nine tackles in today's contest. He later added one interception, a pass break up, quarterback hurry and forced fumble.
  • Johnson also snagged his first-career interception in the fourth quarter, including a 23-yard return to put his team on the USU 11-yard line.
  • #54 Jordan Williams stuffed USU's fourth down attempt in the second quarter, tackling Joe Hill for a 1-yard loss and giving his team possession at the Aggies' 42-yard line.
  • Opponents were 9-of-12 on fourth down conversions against the Vols in 2013.
  • #23 Cameron Sutton intercepted Keeton's pass in the second quarter, the third of his career at UT. The interception put his team on the Utah State 45-yard line.
  • #4 LaTroy Lewis recorded his first-career sack on Keeton in the fourth quarter, Tennessee's only sack of the game.

Special Teams

  • #43 Matt Darr boomed a 53-yard punt on the Vols first possession. The 53-yard punt ties his career high (twice, 11/12/11 vs. ARK; 9/29/12 vs. UGA). Darr had eight punts vs. the Aggies, including four inside the 20-yard line and one of 50-plus yards.
  • #25 Aaron Medley made his first-career PAT on the Vols first score in the first quarter. On the day, Medley was 5-of-5 on PATs and 1-of-2 on field goal attempts including a 36-yarder made in the second half.
  • #45 AJ Johnson forced a fumble on a first-quarter kickoff return by the Aggies, tackling returner Kennedy Williams.
  • #6 Todd Kelly Jr. recovered Johnson's forced fumble on the 12-yard line, the first play made of his career.

Odds & Ends

  • #9 Von Pearson made his first catch of the season in the first quarter, a nine-yard gain.
  • #3 Josh Malone made his first-career catch from Worley in the second quarter, 15-yard completion.

Upon Further Review

  • Worley's pass attempted to Pearson, originally ruled incomplete, was upheld in the second quarter.
  • Worley's eight-yard pass to tight end Ethan Wolf, originally ruled a complete pass in the third quarter, was reviewed and upheld.
  • Worley's pass attempt to receiver Pig Howard in the third quarter was originally ruled a catch. Upon further review, it was confirmed for a one-yard loss.
  • Utah State Keeton's 15-yard pass attempt to Swindall in the fourth quarter was reviewed and ruled an incomplete pass.

Vols Trending

  • The Vols were trending on Twitter during tonight's game. Among the topics were: A.J. Johnson, Go Big Orange, Todd Kelly, #USUvsTENN, Pig Howard, #TouchdownTennessee, #VolsNation, #GoVols, Touchdown Tennessee, Welcome to the New Tennessee, Medley, Jalen Hurd, Cam Sutton, Von Pearson & Josh Malone.





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