UT-LSU Post-Game Notes

Oct. 2, 2010

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Fast Facts

  • UT's all-time record vs. LSU: 20-8-3
  • In Baton Rouge: 8-4-2
  • Matt Simms, Luke Stocker and Gerald Williams served as UT captains today.
  • For the fi rst time all season (including overtime vs. UAB), Tennessee won the coin toss today. The Vols deferred and chose to defend the north end zone.
  • Today marked the first time all season that the Vols did not score first.
  • The crowd of 92,932 was the fi fth-largest in Tiger Stadium history.

The Offense

Driving Down the Field
  • The Vols' first scoring drive of the day, which was capped by Tauren Poole's 1-yard touchdown leap, was Tennessee's longest (in terms of clock) scoring drive of the season, consuming 5:23. In terms of plays (10), the drive was UT's second longest of the year (the first drive of the Dooley era was a 12-play fi eld-goal drive against UT Martin on Sept. 4).

Keeping Drives Alive

  • The Vols converted a season-high seven third downs today, finishing 7-of-15 (46.7 percent).
  • Tennessee was 3-of-5 on third-down conversion attempts in the fi rst quarter alone. The Vols had previously converted just two third-down attempts in each of their three most recent games.

Misc. Offensive Notes

  • Quarterback Matt Simms scampered three yards for a go-ahead touchdown (14-10) at the 11:34 mark in the fourth quarter. It was Simms' first career score.
  • Today marked senior tight end Luke Stocker's 30th career start (all consecutive). That is the most starts among UT's active off ensive and defensive players.
  • After LSU recorded five sacks today, UT has allowed 19 on the year. Previous five years' sacks-allowed totals: 18 in 2009; 25 in 2008; 4 in 2007 (best in nation); 19 in both 2006 and 2005.

The Defense

Senior Linebackers Step Up
  • Senior linebackers Nick Reveiz and LaMarcus Thompson each thwarted LSU drives with their fi rst career interceptions today.
  • Reveiz and Thompson also ranked first and third on the team with 11 and nine tackles, respectively.

Reveiz Leads Yet Again

  • Reveiz led the Vols with 11 tackles and has a team-best 50 on the year (10.0 per game).
  • Reveiz made his first career interception today, picking off a Jordan Jefferson pass on LSU's fi rst drive of the second half.

Misc. Defensive Notes

  • Senior linebacker LaMarcus Thompson intercepted a Jarrett Lee pass in the endzone at the 9:47 mark of the fourth quarter. The timely pick was the first of Thompson's career.
  • Junior defensive end Malik Jackson forced and recovered a Deangelo Peterson fumble in the second quarter. It was Jackson's first career fumble recovery and his third career forced fumble (with both previous forces coming during his career at Southern California).
  • The Vols allowed two opposing ball-carriers to rush for 100 yards for the first time since a Cotton Bowl win over Arkansas on Jan. 1, 1990 (James Rouse [134] and Barry Foster [103]).

Productive Homecoming for Jackson, Fellow Louisiana Natives

  • Sophomore free safety and Lake Charles, La., native Janzen Jackson snagged his second career interception in the fi rst quarter today, returning it 14 yards to the UT 36-yard line. It was Jackson's second interception in the last six games, as his first career pick came against Virginia Tech in the 2009 Chick-fi l-A Bowl.
  • Jackson made two special teams tackles and finished the day with seven total stops, one pass breakup and a quarterback hurry.
  • This was Jackson's fi rst collegiate action against a team from his home state. The same holds true for sophomore cornerback Prentiss Waggner (Clinton, La.), sophomore off ensive tackle Dallas Thomas (Baton Rouge, La.), sophomore linebacker Herman Lathers (Baton Rouge, La.) and senior offensive guard Jarrod Shaw (Lafayette, La.).
  • Waggner had a key third-down pass breakup in the end zone on LSU's first scoring drive of the fourth quarter, forcing the Tigers to attempt a field goal.

The Special Teams

  • Freshman placekicker Michael Palardy scored his fi rst career point today, booting the extra-point following UT's fi rst scoring drive (00:24 mark in the fi rst quarter). Palardy also punted for the fi rst time today (51 yards).
  • Palardy also kicked the PAT following Simms' fourth-quarter touchdown run.
  • Freshman Eric Gordon's 21-yard punt return in the second quarter was a career long. He then returned the opening kickoff of the third quarter a career-long 34 yards. Each play marked UT's longest of the season to that point.





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