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Tennessee Postgame Notes



Oct. 8, 2011

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TO NOTE

For the Record
• Tennessee Captains: Tyler Bray, Malik Jackson, Austin Johnson and Tauren Poole.
• Tennessee Legend of the Game: Charlie Garner (RB, 1992-93).
• Tennessee won the coin toss and deferred to the second half. The Vols are now 3-2 in pregame coin flips this season.
• Tennessee is now 21-18-2 all-time against Georgia, including a 11-9-1 mark in Knoxville.
• Tennessee's all-time record is now 793-342-53 (.690).
• A four-year streak of wins by the home team in this series came to an end, with Tennessee dropping a game to the Bulldogs at Neyland for the first time since a 27-14 setback in 2005.

Full House
• The attendance for the game was a season-high 102,455.
• It marked Tennessee's first sellout since the Alabama game on Oct. 23, 2010.

Third and 57...
• After multiple penalties, Georgia found itself running a play from scrimmage in the fourth quarter, facing third down and 57 yards. The Bulldogs gained a yard and then punted to Devrin Young, who fielded the ball in front of the first down marker.

THE OFFENSE

Bright Spots
• Tennessee's second-quarter scoring drive for a field goal was its longest of the season (time wise) and the longest scoring drive of Tyler Bray's career at 7:22. The drive was the longest since the Vols opened the game vs. South Carolina with a drive totaling 8:52 in 2010.
• Tennessee put itself into position for points on its opening drive for the fourth straight game (TD vs. Cincinnati/Missed FG vs. Florida/TD vs. Buffalo/Missed FG vs. Georgia).
• Senior quarterback Matt Simms entered the game when Tyler Bray was shaken up in the fourth quarter. He completed his first two passes and proceeded to cap a scoring drive with a one-yard TD plunge.
• Marlin Lane' s 27-yard catch in the second frame is the longest of his career. He matched his previous season total with six receptions and had a team-high 84 yards.

Big Target
Mychal Rivera recorded the third five-catch game in his last four contests.
• With his diving 19-yard catch in the fourth quarter, Rivera eclipsed his career high in yardage with 85. His previous best was 71 vs. Florida this season.

Tough Sledding
Tyler Bray eclipsed the 200-yard passing mark for the 10th-straight game, but his streak of 10-consecutive games with two or more TD passes came to an end. He had no scoring tosses for the first time since last year's Alabama game.
• The Vols' scoreless first quarter was only the second time in 17 quarters this season it hadn't scored. UT also was blanked in the third stanza. The other occasion this season was the first quarter vs. Florida.
• Tennessee fumbled four times vs. Georgia but recovered all of them. UT has put the ball on the ground 18 times this season and lost only four of them.

THE DEFENSE

Noses For The Ball
Prentiss Waggner posted a career high in tackles with 11 and added two passes broken up and a forced fumble. Austin Johnson had a career-best 11 hits as well.

For Openers
• For the third time in five contests in 2011, Tennessee surrendered points on the game's opening drive (Cincinnati - TD/Florida - TD/Georgia - FG).
• On Georgia's opening series, Tennessee allowed the most plays (15) and time of possession (6:13) on any drive this season.

Fourth Down Conversions
• UT had held its opponents to only one fourth-down conversion in seven tries entering the game, and Georgia converted two on its opening drive. It added another one during the game to go 3 for 3.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Busy Night For Palardy
Michael Palardy matched his career high for attempted field goals in the first half vs. Georgia with three (made two). He also attemped three (and made three) last season vs. Memphis.
Michael Palardy recorded his fourth touchback of the season, doing so on the opening kickoff. He had none in 2011.
• The 51-yard first quarter field goal attempt by Michael Palardy was the second-longest try of his career. He had an unsuccessful 52-yard attempt vs. Alabama last season.

Extra Points
Devrin Young had a 50-yard kickoff return, the longest by UT this season.
Matt Darr had two punts downed inside the 20 in the third quarter after having only one in the first three games.

 

 

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