Oct. 1, 2011
TENNESSEE VS. BUFFALO
Oct. 1, 2011 /// Neyland Stadium /// Attendance: 87,758
For the Record
Tennessee is 3-1 to start a season for the first time since 2006
This was the first meeting between Tennessee is now 1-0 against Buffalo
The Vols won the toss and deferred to the second half.
The Vols are 2-for-4 on coin flips this season, winning flips against Cincinnati and Buffalo.
Starting for the Vols
Redshirt sophomore defensive back Izauea Lanier made his first start in Tennessee uniform.
Freshman tight end Brendan Downs also made his first start of 2011 in a two tight-end set.
Senior linebacker Daryl Vereen made his second start of 2011, third of his career.
Redshirt sophomore defensive lineman Marlon Walls and freshman defensive back Brian Randolph made their second start of 2011, the second of their careers.
In total, 49 players were on the field for the Vols in the field quarter; 60 appeared in the game.
True Freshmen in Action
Defensive lineman Jordan Williams, tailback Devrin Young and defensive lineman Allan Carson saw action for the first time for Tennessee.
The number of true freshmen getting playing time for Tennessee in 2011 climbs to 15 players.
Tyler Bray Stat Tracker
Sophomore quarterback Tyler Bray has 10 consecutive games with two or more passing TDs. Boise State's Kellen Moore leads active players with 16 consecutive 2+ passing TD games. (Bray is second)
The 10 consecutive games with TD pass is tied for sixth in UT history (Andy Kelly - 11/10/90-10/12/91)
Heath Shuler holds the Tennessee record with 18 consecutive games with a passing touchdown
Three pass TDs today move him to T-9th career for UT (31 career TDs, t-with Jeff Francis 1985-88)
Three or more TDs in five consecutive games
3+ pass TDs in seven of nine starts (including all four starts of 2011 campaign); 4+ pass TDs in four of nine starts.
Eclipsing the 300-yard mark against Buffalo, Bray ties with South Carolina's Stephen Garcia for 300-yard passing games among active SEC QBs with six.
Tauren Poole's 25-yard rush in the first quarter is the second-longest rushing play for Tennessee this season. Poole also has the longest rush on the year - a 28 yarder against Montana.
With Poole's two 20+ yard rushes and Rajion Neal's 20-yard reverse for touchdown, UT has posted three rushing plays of 20 or more yards this season.
Senior tailback Tauren Poole enters top 10 in career games with 100+ rushing yards, recording his eighth 100-yard game with 101 yards against Buffalo (five way tie with Gerald Riggs Jr., Travis Stephens, Chuck Webb and Curt Watson).
Long Passing Plays
Rogers caught a pass from Bray for 58 yards in the second quarter, which helped him surpass his previous career best in receiving yards.
Bray's 56-yard completion to Rogers in the first quarter marked the third-longest play of the season for the Vols. The longest play of the season came against Montana with Bray connecting with Justin Hunters for an 81 gain.
Already a Career Day
After his 58-yard reception in the second quarter, sophomore wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers surpassed his previous career best in receiving yards.
He now has three 100-yard receiving games. His previous career best was 100 yards against Montana and Cincinnati.
He now has two career two-touchdown games.
Touchdown No. 1
Sophomore Rajion Neal ran for his first career rushing touchdown to start off the Vols' offense, running 20 yards into the end zone. It was the longest rush of the season for the tailback turned wide receiver.
His 14-yard reception in the first quarter was his first catch of the season, eighth of his career.
Redshirt sophomore defensive lineman Marlon Walls recorded his first career sack in the first quarter, stopping Chazz Anderson in the backfield for a six-yard loss.
In the third quarter, freshman defensive lineman Jordan Williams recorded his first career sack.
Nothing on Fourth Down
Tennessee's defense held Buffalo 0-for-3 on fourth down conversion attempts
Opponents are now 1-for-7 on fourth down, the lone conversion coming at Florida
Quarterback Chazz Anderson's 68-yard rush marks the longest rushing play allowed by UT in 2011. It was the longest rushing gain by an opponent since LSU's Jordan Jefferson recorded an 83-yard pick up (10/2/10).
Longest Punt Return
Freshman Devrin Young, on the first touch of his college career, returns a punt 43 yards early in the first quarter. The run helped set up the first touchdown of the game, a 20-yard run by sophomore Rajion Neal.
Young's run was the longest punt return by a Vol since Dennis Rogan ran 45 yards against Vanderbilt on Nov. 17, 2007.