Tennessee Postgame Notes

Sept. 26, 2009

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Today's Result

  • Tennessee defeats Ohio 34-23 to improve to 2-2 on the season. The Bobcats fall to 2-2 on the year.
  • The win improves the Vols to 3-0 all-time over teams that now reside in the Mid-American Conference and 11-1 vs. teams from the state of Ohio.
  • Tennessee improves to 27-13-2 since 1933 when facing a potential three-game losing streak.
  • Tennessee is now 9-3-2 all-time on Sept. 26.
  • The win over Ohio is Tennessee's 500th all-time win in Knoxville.
Hardesty Continues Dominant Running
  • Senior tailback Montario Hardesty finished the game with 140 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries (7.0 yards per carry). It was his second 100-yard effort of the season. Through four games, Hardesty is averaging 121.3 yards per game and 5.8 yards per carry. He has scored four touchdowns.
  • With his 140-yard effort, Hardesty became the 27th back in school history to rush for 1,500 career yards. He now ranks 26th in school history with 1,531 career yards.
  • Hardesty also tied a career high with two receptions for a career-high 29 yards. It was his first multiple-catch game of the season and the third of his career. His previous career high for receiving yards was 22 yards at South Carolina in 2006.
Crompton and Brown Getting Along
  • True freshman tailback Bryce Brown scored his second-career touchdown (first receiving) on a 26-yard pass play in the second quarter. Brown finished the game with 13 rushes for 56 yards and two receptions for 60 yards. It was the second-consecutive game Brown has led the Vols in receiving yards.
  • Brown has twice produced 100 yards of offense in a game this season (WKU - 104 yards rushing).
  • Senior quarterback Jonathan Crompton's 34-yard completion to Bryce Brown on UT's opening drive was the Vols' longest pass play of the season.
Lincoln Connects on Career Long Field Goal
  • Junior kicker Daniel Lincoln converted on a career-long 49-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach for the Bobcats. Lincoln's previous career long was a 48-yard conversion vs. South Carolina in 2007.
  • Lincoln has now made 37 career field goals, which ranks sixth in school history. He made his 36th-career field goal in the second quarter, a 38-yard conversion as time expired in the first half.
  • Lincoln is now 5-of-6 on the season.
Noting the Tennessee Offense
  • The Vols scored a touchdown on their opening offensive drive for the first time this season. The nine-play, 69-yard drive was paid off with Hardesty's 11-yard touchdown run. Tennessee scored field goals vs. UCLA and at Florida and was intercepted vs. Western Kentucky.
  • Junior fullback Kevin Cooper's 23-yard reception in the third quarter was the longest of his career.
  • Tennessee scored on all three of its red zone possessions. The Vols have now managed points in 17 of 19 trips inside the 20 this season.
  • Junior wideout Denarius Moore tied a career-high with four receptions for 47 yards. It is his third career four-catch game. His last came vs. Wisconsin in the 2008 Outback Bowl.
  • Junior wideout Brandon Warren caught three passes in a game for the first time in his UT career. He caught five passes vs. N.C. State in 2006 while playing for Florida State.
Noting the Tennessee Defense/Special Teams
  • Tennessee held the Bobcats to just 21 rushing yards on 17 carries, an average of 1.2 yards per rush.
  • The Vols surrendered their first fourth-quarter points of the season, giving up a 31-yard field goal to Ohio's Matt Weller. The Vols went 49 fourth-quarter minutes before allowing points and have still not surrendered a touchdown.
  • Senior linebacker Rico McCoy tied for the team lead with eight tackles, including half a tackle for loss. McCoy has led the team in tackles 14 times in his career.
  • Senior linebacker Nick Reveiz also recorded eight tackles, including 1.5 for lost yardage. It was his second-consecutive multiple TFL game this season.
  • Junior defensive end Chris Walker registered his first career interception and scored his first career touchdown on a busted screen pass in the second quarter. Walker had forced three career fumbles, but never recorded an interception. It was the Vols first defensive touchdown of the season.
  • True freshman linebacker Greg King took advantage of his first career start to record a career-high six tackles. King worked his way into the playing rotation for the first time last week at Florida.
  • Junior defensive end Ben Martin posted a career-high four tackles, including his fifth career TFL. It was his third tackle for loss of the season.
  • Freshmen wideout Nu'Keese Richardson's 21-yard first-quarter punt return was a career long.
Miscellaneous Notes
  • Five Vols made their first career start vs. Ohio. Freshmen Nu'Keese Richardson (WR), Greg King (LB) and Aaron Douglas (OT) along with seniors Andre Mathis (DT) and Cory Sullins (OG) earned the first starting nod of their careers.
  • Cornerback Brent Vinson made his first start since the 2008 Outback Bowl vs. Wisconsin. Vinson finished with four tackles, two pass break-ups and a quarterback hurry.
  • Tennessee did not participate in its customary "Vol Walk" before the contest due to heavy rains in the area. The last time Tennessee did not hold the Vol Walk was the 2006 game vs. Marshall.





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