- 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.
- #14 Justin Worley, #54 Jordan Williams, #57 Mack Crowder represented the Vols for the pregame coin toss.
32 Vols Debuted
- Tennessee witnessed 32 of its 71 total players make their debut tonight, accounting for 45 percent of the Vols' participation.
- Twenty-one true freshmen made their Tennessee debuts on Sunday night including: #1 Jalen Hurd, #3 Josh Malone, #6 Todd Kelly Jr., #7 Rashaan Gaulden, #9 Derek Barnett, #12 Emmanuel Moseley, #17 Dillon Bates, #20 Cortez McDowell, #25 Aaron Medley, #29 Evan Berry, #41 Elliott Berry, #53 Colton Jumper, #55 Coleman Thomas, #8 Dewayne Hendrix, #73 Jashon Robertson, #40 Dimarya Mixon, #4 Vic Wharton, #2 D'Andre Payne, #80 Daniel Helm, #82 Ethan Wolf and #72 Michael Sawyers.
- The previous school record for freshman debuts in the season opener was 12 freshmen in 2010 and 2011.
- Eleven other newcomers made their Vol debuts in the first half including: #5 Ryan Jenkins, #9 Von Pearson, #13 Patrick Ashford, #24 Michael Williams, #60 Austin Sanders, #31 Justus Pickett, #42 Chris Weatherd, #58 Owen Williams, #48 Alex Ellis, #59 Matt Giampapa, #63 Brett Kendrick.
- #82 Ethan Wolf started today's game at tight end. Wolf is now the first true freshman to start at TE since freshmen became eligible in 1972.
- Wolf caught his first career pass, a 12-yard completion, from Worley.
- #1 Jalen Hurd made his debut in the third down of the Vols first possession at tailback. Hurd's first career carry was a 3-yard gain in the first quarter.
- Hurd made his first career catch in the second quarter for a one-yard gain. He later recorded his first-career TD on a 15-yard pass run from Worley in the fourth quarter.
- #73 Jashon Robertson became the fourth true freshman to start on the O-Line in a season opener in UT history.
- #9 Derek Barnett became the first true freshman to start a season opener on the D-Line in UT history.
- #25 Aaron Medley made his first-career PAT following the Vols' first TD in the first quarter.
- #6 Todd Kelly Jr. recovered a fumble in the first quarter, making his first-career play.
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.
- 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.
- #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.
- #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.
- 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.