Sept. 3, 2011
To Note For the Record
Season Openers: 85-24-6
Last 25 Season Openers: 20-4-1
Home Openers: 91-18-5
Tennessee has won 17 consecutive home openers. The Vols have won their last three games at Neyland Stadium
The contest was the first ever between the Vols and Montana
Numbers of Interest
6: Different players accounted for each of Tennessee's six scores.
12: True freshmen saw action for the Vols; seven on offense, five on defense.
17: Consecutive home opening day victories at Neyland Stadium.
93: Minutes game start time was delayed due to inclement weather, marking the longest delay in Neyland Stadium history.
96: Yards in a second quarter touchdown drive, marking the longest drive of the Derek Dooley era.
The start of tonight's contest was delayed 93 minutes (6:07 to 7:40 p.m.) due to severe weather in the Knoxville area. That is the longest weather delay in Neyland Stadium history.
It was Tennessee's third weather delay since 2006. The Vols were delayed 55 minutes against Marshall on Sept. 23, 2006, and 70 minutes vs. Oregon on Sept. 11, 2010.
The Vols did not run through the `T' for just the second time in the last 301 home games since the tradition was started against Army on Sept. 18, 1965. The only other time was against Marshall on Sept. 23, 2006.
Tennessee played 12 true freshmen tonight, matching true freshmen total from 2010 season opener:
-Offense: Brendan Downs, Cameron Clear, DeAnthony Arnett, Marlin Lane, Vincent Dallas, Antonio Richardson, Tom Smith
-Defense: Justin Coleman, A.J. Johnson, Curt Maggitt, Brian Randolph, Marcus Jackson
Hot Start for Hunter
Hunter recorded career highs in both receptions (6) and receiving yards (146)
Bray and Hunter connected on two 80+ yard passing plays, becoming just the third UT duo to do so. They connected for an 81-yarder tonight and an 80-yarder against Ole Miss on Nov. 13, 2010.
Other pairs include Erik Ainge and Robert Meachem (84 yards at Memphis
2006 and 80 yards vs. Cal 2006) and Alan Cockrell and Clyde Duncan (85 yards vs. Vanderbilt 1983 and 80 yards vs. Alabama, 1983).
Bray Bombs Away
In six career starts, Tyler Bray is averaging 306.5 passing yards per game.
Bray's 81-yard first-quarter TD pass to Justin Hunter ties for the ninth-longest pass play in UT history (Condredge Holloway to Tommy West vs. Vanderbilt in 1974).
We're Going Streaking!
Tyler Bray now has at least one TD pass in seven consecutive games, which is the longest current streak in the SEC.
Bray has also thrown at least two TDs in seven consecutive games, tying him with Peyton Manning for the longest such streak in UT history.
Bray connected for touchdowns on both of his first two passes of the season.
Tennesseee sophomore wideouts Justin Hunter and Da'Rick Rogers became just the 18th Vol tandem to each record 100+ yards receiving in the same game and the first since Lucas Taylor (118) and Austin Rogers (112) did so against Southern Miss on Sept. 8, 2007.
Da'Rick Rogers tallied his third career TD with the longest reception of his career (47 yards).
In the Fast Lane
Marlin Lane's first appearance came on a first-quarter punt return which he returned for nine yards.
Freshman RB Marlin Lane rushed for 18 yards on his first career attempt
Lane first collegiate TD came on a nine-yard pass, the first reception of his career, from Bray in the second quarter.
Art Evans returned his first career interception 37 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter. The Vols had four interception returns for a TD in 2010, including three by Prentiss Waggner.
A Fresh Look
Curt Maggitt (SLB) and A.J. Johnson (WLB) became the first freshmen to start at any linebacker position for Tennessee since freshmen eligibility was reinstated in 1972.
LCB Justin Coleman became the first true freshman to start in the secondary since Eric Berry did so at California in 2007.