Tennessee Postgame Notes

Oct. 4, 2009

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Today's Result

  • Tennessee falls 26-22 to Auburn and drops to 2-3 overall and 0-2 in the Southeastern Conference. The Tigers improve to 5-0 and 2-0 in the SEC.
  • The loss drops UT to 22-27-3 all-time vs. Auburn and 14-9-2 vs. the Tigers in Neyland Stadium.
  • The final margin of 26-22 makes tonight's game the 10th in the last 13 of the series to be decided by 10 points or less.
  • Tennessee is now 13-3 all-time on Oct. 3.
Hardesty Climbing Rushing Charts
  • Senior tailback Montario Hardesty rushed 21 times for 90 yards and a touchdown. He has now scored a touchdown in five consecutive games.
  • Hardesty's 80 rushing yards moves him into 24th place on UT's career rushing list with 1,621 yards.
  • Hardesty also caught a career-high three passes for 56 yards and a touchdown. It is his second career two-touchdown game (2 rushing at UCLA 2008). His 56 yards were also a career high.
Noting the Tennessee Offense
  • Senior quarterback Jonathan Crompton attempted 43 passes, which was a career high. His previous career high was 41 at UCLA in 2008. It was also his first game without an interception this season.
  • Crompton hit junior wideout Denarius Moore on a 32-yard touchdown strike as time expired. The touchdown was Moore's first of the season and the third of his career.
  • The Vols opened the game in a special formation featuring Nu'Keese Richardson at quarterback. Richardson carried on the first play for 41 yards, which was UT's second-longest play from scrimmage this season (Hardesty 43-yard TD rush vs. WKU).
  • Junior tight end Luke Stocker caught a 40-yard pass from Jonathan Crompton at the close of the first half. It was a career-long reception for Stocker and the Vols' longest pass play of the season.
  • Junior wideout Gerald Jones' seven receptions for 75 yards were both career highs. His previous career high of five receptions came vs. Wyoming and Florida in 2008. His previous high of 68 receiving yards came at Georgia in 2008.
Noting the Tennessee Defense/Special Teams
  • Tennessee held Auburn to a season-low 26 points. Their previous low was 37 vs. Louisiana Tech.
  • Tennessee held Auburn to just six points and no touchdowns in the first quarter. It was Auburn's lowest-scoring first quarter of the season and the first in which they did not score a touchdown.
  • Senior linebacker Rico McCoy posted a career-high and game-high 16 tackles. His previous career high of 14 came vs. South Carolina in 2007. He has now led the team in tackles 16 times in his career and in two-straight games this season.
  • Junior safety Eric Berry finished the game with 14 tackles, which tied a career high (at Kentucky in 2007), including one for lost yardage. It was his third double-digit tackle effort of the season and the seventh of his career. He has 4.5 total TFL on the season.
  • Junior linebacker Savion Frazier posted a career-high 11 tackles including one for a loss. It surpassed his previous top mark of four set on two occasions.
  • Junior defensive back Dennis Rogan tied a career high with nine tackles, equaling his effort at Georgia in 2008.
  • Sophomore defensive back Art Evans tied a career high with five tackles, equaling his effort last week vs. Ohio.
  • True freshmen Nu'Keese Richardson and David Oku combined to return seven kickoffs for 176 yards, good enough for a per-return average of 25.1 yards. That mark is the Vols' best single-game average of the season.
Miscellaneous Notes
  • Savion Frazier earned his first career start at middle linebacker in place of the injured Nick Reveiz. Frazier had played in 27 career games entering the contest
  • Gerald Jones made his first start of the season at wide receiver, while Quintin Hancock returned to the starting lineup after missing the Ohio game with a broken jaw.
  • Nu'Keese Richardson started the game at quarterback, but took only the first snap of the game.
  • Tennessee wore orange pants with orange jerseys at home for the first time since the 1999 contest with Memphis. The Vols have worn three different uniform combinations in five games this season.





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