Oct. 4, 2008
- Tennessee improves to 2-3; Northern Illinois falls to 2-3 on the year.
- The Vols entered the game unranked in both the Associated Press and USA Today polls; Northern Illinois was also unranked in both polls.
- Tennessee returns to action Oct. 11 when it faces Georgia in Sanford Stadium. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. ET, and the game will be televised by CBS.
- Today's contest marked the first meeting between the two programs.
- It was only the fourth meeting between UT and a member of the Mid-American Conference. The Vols have won all four games.
- Tennessee head coach Phillip Fulmer's record now stands at 149-48 (.756) in 17 seasons with the Vols.
- Fulmer now owns a 31-1 record against non-BCS schools.
- Sophomore quarterback Nick Stephens made his first career start and became the 14th different quarterback to start for UT in Phillip Fulmer's 17 year career.
- The Flower Mound, Texas, native completed 11 of 18 passes for 156 yards and one touchdown.
- Stephens 43-yard bomb to Gerald Jones on the first drive of the third quarter was the second longest pass play of the season for UT at that time. On the next possession, Stephens connected with Denarius Moore for a 52-yard touchdown. That play is the longest for UT this season. It also marked the first career touchdown pass for Stephens and the first career touchdown reception for Moore.
- Stephens has only appeared in two games this season but he is responsible for three of the four longest pass plays by UT this season.
- Sophomores Denarius Moore and Gerald Jones led UT's receivers with three receptions each. Moore led the team with 65 yards and Jones finished with a career-high 50 receiving yards.
- Josh Briscoe and Austin Rogers had combined to catch only six passes in the first four games but the duo caught four receptions in the first quarter tonight.
- Senior Tennessee tailback Arian Foster netted 75 yards on 18 carries today, moving past Jamal Lewis (2,677) into fourth place on UT's all-time rushing list with 2,732 yards. Johnnie Jones occupies third place on that list with 2,852 yards.
- Foster made his 19th consecutive start today, it is 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.
- Senior linebacker Nevin McKenzie led the Vols with a career-high nine tackles.
- Sophomore safety Eric Berry grabbed his team-leading third interception of the season in the second quarter. He returned the pick 48 yards to set up UT's first score of the day. The Fairburn, Ga., native now has eight career interceptions and has returned them for 271 yards. The 271 yards puts him in fifth place on UT's all-time interception yardage list. Current Vol Network radio announcer, Tim Priest, has the most all-time interception return yardage with 305.
- Walter Fisher, Nevin McKenzie and Nick Reveiz made their first career starts tonight. McKenzie and Reveiz set career-highs in tackles while Fisher finished one short of tying his career-high.
- Senior defensive end Robert Ayers had a season-high five tackles and fellow DE starter Wes Brown tied his career-high with five tackles.
- Senior defensive back DeAngelo Willingham had a career-high three PBUs.
- The Vols had a season-high four sacks tonight.
- UT has allowed only one rushing touchdown this season and that came in the first game of the season. The defense has not allowed a rushing touchdown in the last four games.
- Today's attendance was 99,539.
- Tennessee's game captains today were seniors Walter Fisher, Ramon Foster, DeAngelo Willingham and junior Montario Hardesty.
- Sophomore placekicker Daniel Lincoln hit two of three field goals tonight and is now five of eight for the season.
- The Vols were penalized six times in the first half but were not called for a penalty in the second half.