Sept. 5, 2009
- Tennessee wins 63-7 over Western Kentucky to start the season with a victory for the first time since the 2006 season. The Vols are now 83-24-6 (.761) all time in season openers.
- Neither team was ranked in the Coaches or Associated Press polls entering the game, though the Vols did receive votes in both tabulations.
- Today was the first meeting between the two schools.
- Lane Kiffin becomes the 17th of 21 UT head coaches to win his inaugural game.
- The win gives Tennessee a 6-1 all-time record vs. teams now in the Sun Belt Conference and improves the Vols to 6-1 all-time on September 5th.
- Tennessee has now won 15 consecutive home openers dating to a loss to Florida in 1994 and six straight games vs. teams currently in the Sun Belt Conference dating to a 1975 loss at North Texas State.
- The Vols improve to 7-4-2 all time in their first game on a television network. Today's game was televised by the SEC Network, which airs one conference home game in syndication each weekend.
- Tennessee tallied 657 yards of total offense and 380 rushing yards. Seven different players scored touchdowns including three true freshmen in Marsalis Teague, Bryce Brown and David Oku (2).
- Tennessee last rushed for 300 yards in a game on Sept. 25, 2004 vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (347). The Vols last gained 657 total yards at Kentucky in 1997 (695 yards).
- Quarterback Jonathan Crompton and tight end Luke Stocker connected twice for touchdowns. Both scores came in red zone situations and were for 17 and six yards. Stocker had only one career touchdown (at Alabama, 2007) entering the game.
- Four receivers caught touchdown passes (Brandon Warren, Marsalis Teague, Stocker (2) and Quintin Hancock) and three backs rushed to paydirt (Bryce Brown, David Oku (2), Montario Hardesty).
- The Vols managed to get two backs (Hardesty, Brown) over the 100-yard mark for the first time since Lennon Creer and Arian Foster did so vs. Louisiana-Lafayette in 2007. Creer was also the last true freshman to reach the century mark on the ground in a game.
- Wideout Brandon Warren snagged a four-yard touchdown pass from Jonathan Crompton late in the second quarter. It was his first score in a Tennessee uniform after catching only 10 passes in 2008. His only other career score came vs. N.C. State while at Florida State in 2006.
- Tennessee's 63 points was the Vols' highest point total since Nov. 11, 2000 vs. Arkansas (63 points). The Vols scored 70 points on Sept. 23 of the same season vs. Louisiana-Monroe.
- Tennessee did not punt in a game for the first time since playing Air Force in 2006.
- Western Kentucky finished with 83 yards of total offense and six first downs. The Vols posted 12 tackles for loss (69 yards) and five sacks.
- Tennessee held the Hilltoppers without an offensive first down for the entire opening half. WKU only moved the chains once, and that came on a roughing the passer penalty by UT defensive tackle Dan Williams.
- The Hilltoppers managed just nine yards of total offense and lost a total of 16 yards rushing in the first half. WKU did not gain a first down by way of an offensive play until the 5:58 mark of the third quarter.
- Junior Brent Vinson posted his third career interception in the fourth quarter off WKU's Kawaun Jakes.
- The Vols were led by Nick Reveiz and Savion Frazier, who each posted six tackles. Neither had registered more than four tackles in a game in their careers.
- Four Vols posted their first career sack or TFL in the game: Nick Reveiz, LaMarcus Thompson, Nigel Mitchell-Thornton, Steven Fowlkes. Thompson had three TFLs.
- Senior quarterback Jonathan Crompton completed 21-of-28 passes for 233 yards and five touchdowns. His 21 completions and five TD passes were career highs.
- He had three times previously thrown two TD strikes in a game.
- Senior tailback Montario Hardesty eclipsed his previous career high for rushing yards on nine carries and less than 20 minutes into the game.
- Hardesty finished with 160 yards on 18 carries and one touchdown. His previous career high was 78 yards on 16 carries vs. Georgia in 2007.
- His third quarter touchdown came on a 43-yard run, which tied for his career long run as well.
- Senior wideout Quintin Hancock notched a career high for receiving yards with 65 yards on five catches. The five grabs tied a career high.
- Hancock caught his fourth career touchdown on a nine-yard pass from Jonathan Crompton in the second quarter.
- Tennessee's offensive and defensive starters included seven Vols who were making their first career start. Offensive players making their first start were center Cody Sullins, right tackle Jarrod Shaw and true freshman wideout Marsalis Teague. On defense, the new starters were defensive ends Chris Walker and Gerald Williams, cornerback Art Evans and linebacker LaMarcus Thompson.
- Though Teague was the only true freshman to earn a start, nine other first-year Vols made their UT debuts. That group included Darren Myles Jr., Janzen Jackson, Nu'Keese Richardson, Bryce Brown, Mike Edwards, David Oku, Greg King, Zach Rogers and Chase Nelson.
- Tennessee's true freshmen accounted for 154 rushing yards and three TDs on the ground, 125 receiving yards and one score through the air, and four total kick returns for 40 yards.
- Freshman Marsalis Teague led the team with six receptions for 86 yards and a score.