UT Postgame Notes vs. LSU

Oct. 15, 2011

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To Note

For the Record
• Tennessee Captains: Ben Bartholomew, Zach Fulton, Nick Guess, Jacques Smith.
• Tennessee Legends of the Game: 1956 Tennessee Vols football team, which went 10-1, won an SEC title and played in the Sugar Bowl (L, 13-7 to Baylor).
• LSU won the coin toss and deferred to the second half. The Vols are now 3-3 in pregame coin flips this season.
• The Vols are 20-9-3 all-time against LSU, including a 11-3-1 mark in Knoxville.
• Tennessee's all-time record is now 792-343-53 (.689).

Playing No. 1
• Tennessee is 2-8 all-time when playing the nation's top-ranked team, including 1-1 vs. a No. 1 LSU squad.
• The Vols' last win over a No. 1-ranked team came on Sept. 28, 1985, when UT toppled a Bo Jackson-led Auburn squad, 38-20.

Limited Action For Smokey
• Due to a lingering knee injury, UT canine mascot Smokey did not run through the "T" before the game. He was, however, on the sideline for the contest.

Notable Band Leaders In The House
• Tennessee's most famous quarterback and band leader, Peyton Manning, was in town for the game and took time for an interview in the CBS booth at halftime.
• Doc Severinsen, Grammy Award-winning trumpeter and long-time band leader for The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, was a featured performer at halftime with the Pride of the Southland Band.

The Offense

Da'Mailman Delivers
• Twenty-eight of Da'Rick Rogers' 35 receptions this season have gone for a first down, including all three of his catches today.

Red Zone Efficiency
• Tennessee has scored on 23 of its 25 trips inside the red zone, including 18 TDs.

Firsts & Bests
Devrin Young had his first career reception, a 21-yard gain in the first quarter.
• Marlin Lane matched his season best with an18-yard rush in the first frame.
• For the first time since the opener UT had to punt on its opening drive.

Lost & Found
Tauren Poole's second quarter TD was his second of the season and first since the Montana game.
Tauren Poole had 16 carries for 25 yards in his first two SEC games this season, but he bounced back today to tally 14 for 53 in the first half and finished with 70 yards and a touchdown on 19 tries.
Tauren Poole carried for one first down in the previous two SEC contests this season before running for three in the first half and getting four for the game.
Ben Bartholomew had his first catch since the Buffalo game in the opening stanza, good for six yards.

Upon Further Review
Rajion Neal was ruled out of bounds on a 38-yard catch along the west sideline in the first quarter. The play was reviewed, and the decision was overturned for a UT first down. The reception was the second longest of Neal's career behind a 58-yarder vs. Georgia in 2010.

The Defense

Coming Ready To Play
• UT's defense came out fighting, holding LSU scoreless in the first quarter.
• With that feat, Tennessee snapped LSU's scoring streak of 31-straight quarters that dated back to 2010.
A.J. Johnson recorded a career-high 11 tackles, matching his previous best of seven by halftime.
Brian Randolph had a career-best nine stops, including eight solos, while Malik Jackson matched his career high with eight and Curt Maggitt did so with seven.

Welcome To The Hood
Daniel Hood picked up his first career sack in the second quarter against an LSU defense that entered the game leadng the SEC in fewest sacks allowed (4).

Special Teams

Daring Devrin
Devrin Young began the game with a nifty 36-yard kickoff return, the second-longest of his career behind the 50-yarder vs. Georgia.
• Young then produced a 60-yard kickoff return in the fourth quarter, the longest since Da'Rick Rogers returned one 78 yards against Kentucky on 11/27/10.
• For five attempts, Devrin Young amassed 135 kickoff return yards, the most since David Oku's 149-yard, five-attempt outburst vs. Ole Miss on 11/14/09.

Musical Punters
Matt Darr's highlights included one punt downed at the one (by Anthony Anderson) and another inside the 20.
• Punting out of his own end zone, Michael Palardy got rid of one and booted it 42 yards in the second quarter.

Next Week
• Tennessee will return to the gridiron next Saturday with just its second road contest of the season. The Vols will travel to Tuscaloosa to tangle with No. 2 Alabama at 7:15 p.m. ET on Oct. 22. The contest will be televised on ESPN2.





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