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Postgame Notes



Sept. 20, 2003

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Tennessee at Florida
Sept. 20, 2003
Ben Hill Griffin Stadium - Gainesville, Fla.

Vols Open SEC Play With 24-10 Victory at Florida

Series Notes
* Tennessee leads the all-time series 18-15 ... UT has won 2 of the last 3 meetings
* First back-to-back wins at Gainesville since 1953-55 for Vols
* Florida leads the series 7-5 in games played at Gainesville
* Vols broke a seven-game losing streak at Florida Field in 2001, defeating UF 34-32
* UT or UF have represented the SEC East in the league title game in 10 of the last 11 years
* The winner of this game has won the SEC East eight times in the 11 years of division play
* Tennessee entered today's game ranked No. 12 in both major polls, while Florida was No. 17 in the AP & Coaches polls
* Today's attendance: 90,332 - the largest in Florida history

Tennessee head coach Phillip Fulmer has a 106-25 (.809) mark in his 12th season at his alma mater
* Fulmer's .809 winning percentage ranks second among active Division I-A coaches
* Vols are 42-11 under Fulmer vs. SEC Eastern Division teams (4-8 vs. Florida)
* Under Fulmer Tennessee has a 36-11 mark in road games
* Fulmer has led Tennessee to more 11-win (3) and 10-win seasons (6) than any other coach in UT history
* Led UT to nation's best record (45-5) from 1995-98, including a 13-0 mark in 1998 and the National Championship

Clausen Passing Numbers
* Completed 12-of-23 passes for 235 yards with 1 interception and 1 touchdown today
* Completed two longest pass plays of season today (57 yards to Bret Smith; 48 yards to James Banks)
* Ranks to No. 2 on Vols' career passing yardage list (7,368 yds), completions (593) and touchdowns (54)
* Clausen is now 27-7 as a starter at quarterback for the Vols, including a 11-0 mark in road stadiums
* Clausen's Career passing stats now read: 593-of-945 (.628) 7,368 yards, 54 TDs, 26 INT


 

 

Davis Leads Ground Game
* Led Vols on ground with 20 carries for 78 yards and two touchdowns (1 and 9 yards)
* Davis has now scored 5 TDs vs. Florida the past three seasons (2001: 2, 2002: 1, 2003: 2)
* Rushed for 68 yards on 17 carries in the second half today

Jones Makes His Mark
* Mark Jones' second-quarter interception was his first of the season and third of his career
* Jones also had the Vols' longest rush of the day (24 yards) on a reverse in the second quarter

Receiving Notebook
* Freshman Jason Swain led UT with 4 catches for 54 yards
* James Banks' 48-yard "Hail Mary" TD catch to end the first half was the longest of his career ... Team-leading 3 TDs in 2003
* Freshman Bret Smith's 57-yard catch in the third quarter to the UF 1, was the freshman's first career grab
* Chris Hannon pulled in his first catch of the year, a 14-yarder on a crucial third down play in the fourth quarter

Wilhoit Hits Career Long Field Goal
* James Wilhoit's 51-yard field goal in the third quarter was a career-long (previous: 42 vs. Marshall)
* Wilhoit's 51-yard FG was the longest for the Vols since Alex Walls hit a 51-yarder vs. LSU in the 2001 SEC Championship
* After beginning the season 1-of-3, Wilhoit has connected on his last three FG attempts

Colquitt Keeps on Booming
* Justin Colquitt averaged 49.0 yards on six punts today
* Colquitt boomed a 67-yarder that went out-of-bounds at the UF 9 in the third quarter ... Also had a 57-yarder in 4th quarter
* The 67-yarder was the second longest of his career and longest of the season (career long 68 vs. Miami, 2002)
* Now has 29 punts of 50 yards or more in career ... Entered today's game as the SEC's leading punter (47.1)

Defensive Notebook
* UF didn't score a touchdown until the 14:00-mark of the fourth quarter ... It was the first rushing TD vs. UT this season
* Vols held Florida to 113 total yards and 35 (rushing on 17 attempts) in the first half
* Sacks: Parys Haralson had two sacks (-17) ... Vols entered game leading SEC (5.0/game)
* Picked off two passes today (Mark Jones and Jason Allen) ... Allen's second INT of the season

Quickly...
* Bret Smith's 57-yard catch in the third quarter to the UF 1, was the freshman's first career grab
* UTAD's Gus Manning attended his 600th consecutive Tennessee football game today, dating back to 1951
* UT has not trailed at the half this season ... Vols are 3-0 when leading at the half this season

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