Sept. 2, 2008
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Tennessee opens the season 0-1; UCLA gets off to a 1-0 start.
The Vols entered the game ranked No. 18 in both the Associated Press and USA Today polls; UCLA was unranked in both polls.
Tennessee returns to action Sept. 13 when it hosts UAB at Neyland Stadium in the Vols' 2008 home-opener. Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m. ET, and the game will be televised regionally on Raycom Sports.
Tennessee now leads the all-time series with UCLA 7-5-2, dating to 1965. That record includes a 2-2 mark against the Bruins in Pasadena.
Today's contest marked the first-ever meeting between UT head coach Phillip Fulmer and Bruins head coach Rick Neuheisel.
Phillip Fulmer's Record
Tennessee head coach Phillip Fulmer's record now stands at 147-46 (.762) in his 17th season with the Vols.
Fulmer now owns a 52-14 record against non-conference opponents and a 4-3 mark against current members of the Pac-10. He is 14-3 in season-openers.
Crompton Debuts as Vols Starter
Junior quarterback Jonathan Crompton made his second career start today--his first as UT's incumbent signal-caller--and completed 19 of 41 passes for 189 yards with one interception.
In Tennessee's game-tying fourth-quarter drive, Crompton completed two of three passes for 27 yards to set up a 47-yard field goal by Daniel Lincoln that forced overtime.
Crompton completed passes to eight different receivers today.
San Diego Native Foster Moves into Fourth Place on UT's Career All-Purpose List
With his 108 all-purpose yards today, senior Tennessee tailback Arian Foster moved past current NFL standout Jamal Lewis (3,161) and former NFL star Travis Henry
(3,176) into fourth place on UT's career all-purpose yardage list with 3,252 yards.
In honor of injured teammate David Holbert, Foster--who normally wears No. 27--wore No. 30. Holbert, a senior fullback from Nashville, Tenn., is missing his second
straight season in 2008 because of separate knee injuries.
Jones Totals 160 All-Purpose Yards
Sophomore wide receiver Gerald Jones tallied 160 all-purpose yards today. He gained 11 rushing yards, 40 receiving yards and 109 yards in returns. Jones logged 169 all-purpose yards as a true freshman all of last season.
Jones tied for the team lead with four catches and tallied a team-high 40 receiving yards.
Jones had his first career kickoff return today, gaining 43 yards to give UT starting field position in UCLA territory in the third quarter. He then made his first career punt return, which gained 33 yards.
Noting the Defense
Senior linebacker Ellix Wilson led the Vols today with a career-high 12 tackles, including two TFLs and a sack.
Senior defensive tackle Demonte Bolden tied a career-high with four tackles. Two of his stops were for lost yardage.
The Vols totaled nine tackles for loss (-29 yards) and four interceptions in the game.
Tennessee's first interception of the 2008 season was a first-quarter pick by senior cornerback DeAngelo Willingham on UCLA's first offensive drive. It was the first interception of his career.
The Bruins' second offensive drive of the game was halted by an interception by free safety Demetrice Morley. It was the fourth pick of his career and his first since a 31-yard interception and return for a touchdown against LSU on Nov. 4, 2006.
Sophomore strong safety Eric Berry pulled in UT's third pick of the day. It came during the second quarter and was Berry's sixth career interception.
Senior linebacker Nevin McKenzie hauled in Tennessee's fourth pick of the first half in the final minute of the second quarter. He took his interception 61 yards for a touchdown to give the Vols their first lead of the day.
Vols in Overtime
Today was Tennessee's ninth all-time overtime game. The Vols are 7-2 in those contests, including a 3-2 record on the road.
The Vols had won their previous six overtime games following a 38-31 overtime loss at LSU on Sept. 30, 2000.
Today's attendance was 68,546.
Tennessee's game captains today were seniors Robert Ayers, Ramon Foster, Lucas Taylor, Ellix Wilson and junior Morgan Cox. UCLA won the midfield coin toss and
deferred to the Vols, who chose to receive the opening kickoff. The Bruins received the kickoff following halftime.
Senior wide receiver Lucas Taylor extended his streak of games played with at least one catch to 15.
In his second career start, sophomore Chad Cunningham punted six times for an average of 39 yards per punt. He downed two punts inside the 20-yard line.
Senior wide receiver Josh Briscoe primed UT's first scoring drive of the game with a career-long, 41-yard reception one play before Montario Hardesty's 11-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.
Junior tailback Montario Hardesty carried 12 times for 66 yards and two touchdowns today. His 20-yard, go-ahead scamper in the fourth quarter was his ninth career TD and his third against a Pac-10 opponent.
Today marked the first time in the Fulmer era (1992-present), that an opponent returned a blocked UT punt for a touchdown.
Fullback Kevin Cooper logged his first career reception today, catching an 8-yard pass in the first quarter. He finished with four catches for 27 yards.
Tight end Brandon Warren was the only Vol to make his first career start today.