Tennessee Postgame Notes

Oct. 10, 2009

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Today's Result

  • Tennessee defeats Georgia 45-19 to improve to 3-3 overall and 1-2 in the Southeastern Conference. The Bulldogs fall to 3-3 and 2-2 in the league.
  • The win improves UT to 21-16-2 in the all-time series and 11-8-1 all-time in Knoxville.
  • The 45-19 final score is the fifth in a row in the series to be at least a two-score margin. The Vols are 3-2 in those contests. The last one-score margin of victory in the series was a 19-14 UT win in 2004.
  • Tennessee is now 13-3 on Oct. 10.
  • Tennessee head coach Lane Kiffin picks up his first career league win with the victory.
Hardesty Continues Stellar Play
  • Senior tailback Montario Hardesty scored a rushing touchdown for the sixth-consecutive game and finished with 97 yards on 20 carries.
  • Hardesty moved up four spots to 20th in school history as he now has 1,718 career rushing yards. His 19 career rushing scores rank 14th in school history.
Jones Posts Big Day
  • Junior wideout Gerald Jones caught two touchdown passes, including a season-long 51-yard catch in the third quarter. The TD receptions were his first of the season and the sixth and seventh of his career.
  • Jones also caught a 28-yard pass from Crompton to set up Tennessee's third touchdown.
  • Jones finished with five receptions for 105 yards to become Tennessee's first 100-yard receiver since Lucas Taylor posted 134 yards vs. UAB in 2008. His 105 yards were a career high, surpassing his previous high mark of 75 yards set vs. Auburn on Oct. 3.
Noting the Tennessee Offense
  • The Vols scored 45 points in the game, which is their most vs. an SEC opponent since they scored 51 vs. Georgia in 2006.
  • The Tennessee offensive line did not allow a sack for the second-consecutive game and for the third time this season.
  • The Vols were a perfect 4-of-4 in the red zone, scoring four touchdowns. Tennessee entered the game having scored points in 19-of-21 red-zone possessions on the season.
  • Senior quarterback Jonathan Crompton notched his first career 300-yard passing game. He finished 20-of-27 for 310 yards.He completed 12 of 15 passes for 205 yards and three touchdowns in the first half. He threw his first interception since the Ohio game (88 attempts) in the the third quarter.
  • Crompton's passer rating on the day was 212.0, while his season rating entering the game was 114.20 and his career rating was 107.21.
  • Junior tight end Luke Stocker set a career high for receptions and receiving yards with four catches for 68 yards. He surpassed his previous career high of 46 yards set vs. Auburn on Oct. 3 and his previous career high of three receptions vs. Florida in 2008.
  • Senior wide receiver Denarius Moore caught his second touchdown of the season, a 33-yard reception in the second quarter. It was Moore's fourth career touchdown reception. He tied a career high with four receptions in the game.
  • Freshmen Bryce Brown and Marsalis Teague each scored touchdowns, Teague on a 5-yard strike from Crompton in the second quarter and Brown on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter. Brown has two rushing TDs on the year and Teague has two through the air.
Noting the Tennessee Defense
  • Tennessee held Georgia to 241 total yards and just 89 rushing yards. Tennessee has held the Bulldogs under 100 rushing yards for the second time in three meetings and for the fourth time since 2000.
  • The Bulldogs were held without an offensive touchdown, scoring touchdowns only on a kickoff return and an interception return.
  • Georgia was held to just five first downs and just 85 total yards in the second half.
  • The Vols forced three turnovers, which ties for their season high (Western Kentucky).
  • After being outscored 32-14 in the third quarter through five games, Tennessee outscored the Bulldogs 17-7. Georgia was held to just nine yards on 14 plays in the quarter.
  • Tennessee picked off two Joe Cox offerings for the Vols first multiple-interception game of the season and also added seven pass break-ups, which was a season high.
  • Junio defensive end Chris Walker registered his second interception of the season (and career) on a tipped pass in the first quarter. It was his third pass defensed of the season.
  • Dennis Rogan picked off Cox to open the second half. It was his second career pick and his first since the 2008 game at Auburn.
  • Junior safety Eric Berry posted a fumble return of 46 yards in the fourth quarter. Berry now has 101 career fumble return yards to go with his NCAA-best 487 career interception return yards.
  • Senior linebacker Rico McCoy led the team with nine tackles. He has led the Vols in stops in three-straight games and 17 times in his career.
Miscellaneous Notes
  • Denarius Moore earned the first start of his career. He had played in 30 career games prior to earning the start vs. Georgia.
  • Tennessee gave up a 100-yard kick return for the first time since Nathan Jones of Rutgers took a kick back for a score in 2002. The Vols have given up just six 100-yard returns in school history.
  • The attendance of 103,261 was the largest of the season through five home games.





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