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Tennessee vs. Western Kentucky Postgame Notes

Sep 7, 2013

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POSTGAME NOTES

TENNESSEE TIDBITS

  • Tennessee's all-time record now stands at 801-354-53.
  • The Vols are now 2-0 vs. Western Kentucky.
  • UT is 8-0 all-time vs. teams from the Sun Belt Conference.
  • On this date, Tennessee owns a 3-0-1 record.
  • The Big Orange has won 12-consecutive games vs. non-conference opponents.
  • The Vols have been victorious in 10-consecutive home games vs. non-conference opponents since starting that streak vs. UAB in 2010.
  • Tennessee has won 14 in a row vs. opponents from non-BCS conferences since the 2009 season opener vs. Western Kentucky.
  • UT is 8-3 in its last 11 games at Neyland Stadium since Nov. 5, 2011.
  • The Vols improved to 2-0 for the third year in a row.
  • Butch Jones is now 2-0 at Tennessee and owns a career record of 52-27.
  • Jones became the first Vols coach since Phillip Fulmer in 1992 (Fulmer was interim head coach first three games that season) to start his UT career record at 2-0.
  • Tennessee is 1-1 in coin tosses this season after losing today's flip.
  • UT is 1-0 when winning the coin flip and 1-0 when losing the toss.
  • Today's attendance was 86,783, with Tennessee now averaging 91,976 per game this season.

    TENNESSEE CAPTAINS

  • Dontavis Sapp, #45 A.J. Johnson, #70 Ja'Wuan James, #97 Daniel Hood.

    VFL LEGEND OF THE GAME

  • Today's Vol For Life Legend of the Game was Terence Cleveland, who wore No. 4 and played wide receiver at Tennessee from 1986-89.
  • A native of Sweetwater, Tenn., Cleveland was a four-year letterwinner, posting 63 catches during his career for more than 1,000 yards and eight touchdowns.
  • Cleveland helped the Vols win the 1989 SEC Championship and earn a victory in the Cotton Bowl, as UT finished ranked fifth in the nation that season.

    KEEPING THE SCOREBOARD OPERATOR BUSY

  • With 45 points vs. Austin Peay and 52 against Western Kentucky today, Tennessee has amassed 97 points in its first two games of 2013.
  • That marks the most points in the first two games of a season since the Vols also scored 97 vs. UNLV (62) and UCLA (35) in 1996.
  • The Big Orange put the most points on the board since hitting 55 vs. Troy last season on Nov. 3.
  • UT has outscored last year's high-scoring Vols offense, which has five of those players currently on NFL rosters, in the first two games, 97-86.

    UT "D" FORCING TURNOVERS

  • Tennessee forced seven turnovers vs. WKU.
  • The last time that occurred was on Nov. 10, 1984, vs. Memphis (five fumble recoveries, two interceptions).
  • The Vols carded five interceptions vs. the Hilltoppers.
  • The last time the Vols tallied five interceptions in a game was on Nov. 20, 1999, vs. Kentucky.
  • In the last 4:24 of the first quarter, Tennessee's defense forced five Western Kentucky turnovers in a span of six plays over five consecutive series.
  • The NCAA record for consecutive turnovers is seven straight series, set when Florida forced those miscues (4 fumbles/3 interceptions) vs. Florida State on Oct. 7, 1972.
  • After Justin Coleman downed Michael Palardy's kickoff at the two, he promptly returned the first pass attempt by WKU 23 yards for a score.
  • On the second play of the next drive, Cameron Sutton added a 36-yard INT return for a TD.
  • Dontavis Sapp forced and recovered a fumble on the next series.
  • Max Arnold recovered a Brent Brewer-forced fumble on the first play of the next series and picked up 23 yards before being brought down.
  • Brewer added a diving interception, the first of his career, on the next series to add the final takeaway of a busy opening stanza for the Vol defense.
  • Brian Randolph added Tennessee's fourth interception of the day (first of his career) and the sixth WKU turnover, picking off a second-quarter WKU pass and returning it 18 yards.
  • Randolph tacked on his second pick of the day (20-yard return), the Vols' fifth INT of the game and UT's seventh takeaway of the afternoon early in the fourth quarter.
  • The last time a Vol had two interceptions in a contest came on Sept. 22, 2012, when Byron Moore had a pair vs. Akron.

    PICK-SIXES ARE WILD

  • Junior Justin Coleman picked off WKU's Brandon Doughty with 4:24 remaining in the first quarter and returned it 23 yards for a touchdown to put the Vols on top, 7-3.
  • Not only was it Coleman's first pick-six, it was his first career interception.
  • The last time a Vol returned an INT for a touchdown was on Sept. 29, 2012, when Byron Moore returned one 35 yards to paydirt at Georgia.
  • On the very next series, true freshman Cameron Sutton got into the act, taking an errant Doughty toss back 36 yards for a Tennessee touchdown with 3:27 to go in the first stanza.
  • Those were the first TD and INT of Sutton's young career.
  • The last true freshman to record a pick-six was Eric Berry vs. Florida on Sept. 15, 2007.
  • The last time Tennessee had two pick-sixes in one game came in 2010 vs. Ole Miss, when Eric Gordon took one back 46 yards and Prentiss Waggner returned another 10 yards.

    RUSHING INTO THE CHECKERBOARD

  • Tennessee scored four rushing touchdowns vs. Western Kentucky.
  • Senior running back Rajion Neal punched the ball into the end zone from one yard out to cap a 24-point UT first quarter scoring blitz and added another one-yarder on UT's opening drive of the second half and a seven-yard rush later in the third frame.
  • The last Vol to rush for three TDs in a game was Montario Hardesty, who accomplished that feat vs. Kentucky on Nov. 28, 2009.
  • The three trips to the end zone improved Neal's totals to four rushing scores this season, 11 rushing TDs for his career and 16 TDs overall.
  • It was the third multi-touchdown game of Neal's career, following two-TD efforts vs. his home-state schools Georgia State and Georgia in 2012.
  • Junior running back Marlin Lane opened the second quarter with an eight-yard jaunt to paydirt, his third of 2012.
  • Lane now has seven rushing TDs and nine overall for his career.

    SPOT THEM THREE, THEN POUR ON THE STEAM

  • The 24 first-quarter points scored by Tennessee (over a span of 3:53) were the most in a quarter since the Vols produced 27 vs. Memphis in 2010.
  • That total was the highest in the first quarter since UT scored 35 at Arkansas in 2000.

    RACKING UP TACKLES AND DEFLECTIONS

  • Sophomore free safety LaDarrell McNeil tied his career high with 10 tackles vs. Western Kentucky, marking the third time in his UT tenure he hit double figures in stops.
  • McNeil had five solos, five assists, a tackle for a loss (-6) and one pass break-up vs. WKU.
  • Senior linebacker Dontavis Sapp finished the day with a career-best eight tackles and tallied two tackles for losses (-4), a fumble recovery and a fumble forced.
  • After registering only two stops last week vs. Austin Peay, junior linebacker A.J. Johnson was in on eight tackles vs. Western Kentucky.
  • Johnson registered three solos and five assists to move up to ninth on UT's career assisted tackles list with 124, passing Lemont Holt Jeffers (I20, 1978-81) and Ronnie McCartney (121, 1973-75).
  • In addition to intercepting five passes and returning those thefts 97 yards, the Vols broke up six other tosses by the Hilltoppers.
  • Senior free safety Byron Moore led the parade with two PBUs, while McNeil, Brian Randolph, Justin Coleman and Devaun Swafford added deflections as well.

    G-VILLE SACK SQUAD

  • Tennessee had two sacks against WKU on Saturday, and Vols who hail from Gainesville, Fla., recorded those hits.
  • Junior defensive lineman Jordan Williams recorded 1.5 sacks for eight yards in losses and finished with four total tackles.
  • Redshirt sophomore defensive lineman Trevarris Saulsberry registered a half sack for a two-yard loss and tallied three stops.

    PALARDY HANDLING ALL OF THE CHORES

  • For the second game in a row, senior Michael Palardy's first kickoff resulted in a touchback for the opposing team. He added others in the second (1) and third (1) quarters to improve his total to four this season.
  • Palardy drilled a 49-yard first-quarter punt that UT downed at the WKU two. It marked his eighth career punt inside the 10 and 20th inside the 20.
  • Palardy boomed a 54-yard second-quarter punt.
  • Palardy was seven-of-seven on PAT attempts vs. WKU and improved to 13-13 on the season and 88-93 for his career.
  • Palardy connected from 23 yards out on a first-quarter field goal to improve to 2-2 on the season and 25-35 for his career.
  • WKU blocked a Palardy punt with 34 second remaining in the first half, the first blocked Vols punt since the 2012 game at Georgia.

    KEEPING IT CLEAN IN THE RETURN GAME

  • Junior Vincent Dallas had three kickoff returns for 90 yards vs. the Hilltoppers in his debut with that chore.
  • Dallas averaged 30 yards per runback.
  • Dallas had a long of 36 yards to open the second half.
  • Filling in for the injured classmate Devrin Young on punt returns, Jacob Carter had a clean day, registering two returns for 20 yards with a long of 11.

    PENALTY-FREE STREAK COMES TO AN END

  • Tennessee improved its streak of penalty-free football to nearly six quarters in 2013 before getting charged with a personal foul by Corey Miller with 34 seconds remaining in the first half vs. Western Kentucky.
  • The Vols went 94 minutes, 56 seconds without a penalty during that spree, dating back to 5:30 remaining in the fourth period vs. Kentucky in 2012.
  • UT finished the game with two penalties for 17 yards.

    DEFENSE SURRENDERS FIRST POINTS OF JONES ERA

  • When WKU's Garrett Schwettman knocked home a 37-yard field goal with 7:55 remaining in the first quarter, it marked the first points of the 2013 season surrendered by Tennessee.
  • The Vols' 67:05 stint of keeping the opposition off the board is the longest to start a season since 2010, when opponents were scoreless for the first 73:35 of that campaign.
  • That span in 2010 included a shutout vs. UT Martin and keeping Oregon off the scoreboard for 13:35.
  • Tennessee didn't allow its first touchdown of 2013 until 6:47 remained in the second quarter today, as Leon Allen burrowed in from one yard out.

    ODDS AND ENDS

  • Junior tight end Brendan Downs had this second TD reception of the season and third of his career, snagging a one-yarder from Justin Worley in the fourth quarter.
  • True freshman Johnathon Johnson hauled in a career-long 37-yard reception from Justin Worley in the third period and finished with a team-leading 57 yards on two catches.
  • Another true freshman, Josh Smith, pulled down a career-high three receptions for 36 yards. That reception total was a team high today.

    UPON FURTHER REVIEW

  • A juggling first-quarter catch by Marquez North was reviewed. The officials confirmed the rookie receiver made the catch.
  • A fourth-quarter play, originally ruled a WKU fumble and recovered by Tennessee's Byron Moore, was overturned by review.

     

     

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