Sept. 27, 2008
Tennessee falls to 1-3 (0-2 SEC); Auburn improves to 4-1 (2-1 SEC) on the year.
The Vols entered the game unranked in both the Associated Press and USA Today polls; Auburn was ranked 15th by the AP and 16th in the USA Today poll.
Tennessee returns to action Oct. 4 when it hosts Northern Illinois at Neyland Stadium in the first-ever meeting between the programs. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET, and the game will be available via pay-per-view.
Tennessee now trails the all-time series with Auburn 26-21-3, dating to 1900. That record includes a 2-7-1 mark against the Tigers in Auburn.
Today's contest marked the seventh meeting between UT head coach Phillip Fulmer and Tigers head coach Tommy Tuberville. Tuberville holds a 4-3 edge in those games.
Phillip Fulmer's Record
Tennessee head coach Phillip Fulmer's record now stands at 148-48 (.755) in 17 seasons with the Vols.
Fulmer now owns a 51-21 (.708) record in road games, 93-31 (.750) regular-season SEC record and a 36-15 (.706) record against SEC Western Division opponents.
Crompton Makes Second Career SEC Road Start
Junior quarterback Jonathan Crompton made his fifth career start and his second career SEC road start today.
The Waynesville, N.C., native completed 8 of 23 passes for 67 yards.
All five of Crompton's first-half completions were to different players. Junior wideout Austin Rogers was one of those players, hauling in a 14-yard pass that marked his first catch since the season-opener Sept. 1.
Crompton finished the game with one completion to eight different receivers; no Vol had multiple catches.
Foster Continues Climb Toward Top of Tennessee Career Rushing List
Senior Tennessee tailback Arian Foster netted 30 yards on eight carries today, moving past Cedric Houston (2,634) into fifth place on UT's all-time rushing list with 2,657 yards. Jamal Lewis occupies fourth place on that list with 2,677 yards.
Foster made his 18th consecutive start today, tying Charlie Garner for the second-most consecutive starts by a UT tailback in the Fulmer era (1992-present). Jay Graham tops that chart with a string of 24 starts during the 1995 and 1996 seasons.
Noting the Defense (Eight Three-And-Outs)
Senior linebacker Ellix Wilson led the Vols with 10 tackles today. He left the game in the fourth quarter due to an injury. It was the Memphis, Tenn., native's second career double-digit tackle performance.
The following Vols established new career-highs for tackles today: Dan Williams (8) and Gerald Williams (2; his first tackles as a Vol).
The UT defense forced eight three-and-outs today, including four in the fourth quarter.
Tennessee's defense has allowed just one rushing play of 20 yards or longer this season (none today).
Sophomore cornerback Dennis Rogan recorded his first career interception today, returning a Chris Todd pass 38 yards in the third quarter. It was UT's eighth pick of the season.
Cunningham Improve as Game Progresses
Sophomore punter Chad Cunningham averaged 32.0 yards on his first three punts of the day, but he booted a career-long 57-yard punt at the end of UT's final first-half possession.
Cunningham opened the second half with back-to-back punts that were downed inside the Auburn 5-yard line, and his next punt was downed at the Auburn 12-yard line.
The Dawsonville, Ga., native's final punt of the game was downed at the Auburn 5-yard line.
Two of Cunningham's second-half kickoffs went for touchbacks (one kicking each direction). Entering today's game, he had one touchback on the year.
Today's attendance was a sellout crowd of 87,451.
Tennessee's game captains today were seniors Robert Ayers, Josh Briscoe, Ramon Foster, Ellix Wilson, junior Montario Hardesty and sophomore Eric Berry.
Senior wide receiver Lucas Taylor extended his streak of games played with at least one catch to 18, tying Tim McGee for the seventh-longest streak in school history.
In the second quarter, sophomore placekicker Daniel Lincoln attempted his first field goal since the UCLA game Sept. 1. His kick was good from 47 yards; giving him
two field goals on the season (both from the same distance). He added a 35-yarder on UT's next possession to make the score 7-6 Auburn.
Sophomore wide receiver Gerald Jones' first carry out of the "G-Gun" package today went for 23 yards. It was UT's first rush this season of 20 yards or longer by a non tailback (UT's seventh such rush overall this season). Jones carried four times for 25 yards and also logged 68 yards on five kickoff returns.
Junior tailback Montario Hardesty's third-quarter touchdown run extended his team scoring lead for the year. He has four touchdowns for 24 total points this season. He scored the first rushing touchdown allowed by Auburn this season.
Former UT quarterback and current Indianapolis Colts signal-caller Peyton Manning (1994-97) was on the Tennessee sideline today.