Oct. 20, 2012
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Tennessee-Alabama Postgame Notes
#27 Justin Coleman, #45 A.J. Johnson, #64 James Stone, #84 Cordarrelle Patterson.
LEGENDS OF THE GAME
Tonight's Vol For Life Legends of the Game are former UT head coach Phillip Fulmer and the 1997 SEC champion football team. More than 40 members of that squad were in attendance.
Fulmer also was honored tonight for his upcoming induction into the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, which will take place in December.
Tennessee's all-time record is now 797-351-53 overall.
The Vols are now 440-114-17 at Neyland Stadium.
Tennessee is 4-3 in coin tosses this season after winning tonight's toss and received the opening kickoff for the fifth time. The only other game where UT won the toss and elected to receive was vs. Florida.
Tennessee surrendered the most points to Alabama since giving up 47 in 1989 and the most at home vs. the Tide since allowing 56 in 1986.
A.J. McCarron's four TD passes were the most surrendered by Tennessee since Kentucky's Andre Woodson had six in a four-overtime game on Nov. 24, 2007.
In regulation games, the last opposing quarterback to notch four TD passes was another Kentucky signal-caller, the hefty lefty, Jared Lorenzen, on Nov. 17, 2001.
Tonight's contest was the 95th meeting in this series, with UT holding a 38-50-7 record vs. Alabama. Those 38 wins against Alabama are the most by any team in the NCAA.
Today's attendance was 102,455.
Sophomore Marlin Lane started at running back for the first time in his career, and Alex Bullard, though a previous starter on the offensive line, got the nod at tight end for the initial time.
Freshman strong safety LaDarrell McNeil earned his second consecutive start of the season and first at Neyland Stadium.
UT "D" FORCES THREE-AND-OUT ON OPENING DRIVE
Tennessee forced Alabama to punt on its opening possession, marking the third time this season the Vol defensive unit accomplished that feat vs. an opponent. UT also held NC State and Florida to first-drive three-and-outs.
It marked the third occasion this season Alabama punted on its opening possession. The other times were against Arkansas and Michigan.
VOL OFFENSE BREAKS THROUGH AGAINST DOMINANT BAMA "D"
With Michael Palardy's 32-yard field goal, Tennessee became the first team this season to score on Alabama in the first quarter. The Crimson Tide entered the contest outscoring its foes 90-0 in the opening stanza.
Tennessee also is the first team to score first-quarter offensive points on the Tide since doing so on a 40-yard Palardy field goal on Oct. 22, 2011.
UT's second-quarter TD was its first vs. Alabama since Tauren Poole rushed 65 yards for a score in 2010.
The Vols rushed for 79 yards vs. Alabama, which is the second highest total this season behind the 80 registered by Ole Miss.
SUCCESS IN THE RED ZONE VS. STINGY DEFENSE
Entering the game, Alabama had allowed its opponents only eight trips inside the red zone, with those squads connecting for points four times.
Tennessee made four trips inside the red zone tonight, coming away with points three times.
JOHNSON AND COLEMAN ON THE STOP
After recording a career-best 21 tackles vs. Mississippi State a week ago, A.J. Johnson turned in 14 tonight vs. Alabama. That's 35 stops in two games.
Justin Coleman had a career-high 13 tackles vs. Alabama.
The sophomore recorded nine last week vs. Mississippi State and now has 29 this season.
PATTERSON ON THE PROWL
Cordarrelle Patterson had a pair of nifty kick returns, one for 45 yards and another for 36, marking his third and fourth-longest runbacks of the season.
He finished the game with four returns for 111 yards (28.0 avg.).
"CP" entered the game ranked second in the NCAA this season at 38.3 yards per kickoff return.
Patterson also caught a 25-yard pass from Tyler Bray in the first half.
THE BEAST PACKAGE
A.J. Johnson lined up in the "Beast Package" and punched it into the end zone from two yards out in the second quarter. It was his fourth career TD.
Johnson bulled his way up the middle for four yards and a first down on a first-quarter drive that culminated in a UT field goal. It was his longest rush of the season.
On fourth and one in the third quarter, Johnson was stuffed for no gain.
Defensive lineman Trevarris Saulsberry recorded his first career tackle at the end of the first quarter.
Prentiss Waggner knocked down a first-half Alabama pass attempt to run his total to five this season and 23 for his career.
Mo Couch forced A.J. McCarron out of bounds for a sack and five-yard loss in the third quarter. It was Couch's first sack of 2012, and he now has 2.5 for his career.
Dontavis Sapp recovered an Alabama fumble in the fourth quarter.
SENTIMORE SQUARES OFF AGAINST HIS FORMER TEAM
Darrington Sentimore, who began his career at Alabama and played 11 games for the Tide in 2010, made his mark on the other side of the rivalry tonight.
Sentimore tallied his fourth sack of the season, dumping A.J. McCarron for a 10-yard loss in the third quarter.
Sentimore was credited with three tackles, a sack, a tackle for a loss and two quarterback hurries.
FIRST START FOR LANE
In his first start at running back, Marlin Lane rushed a career-high 15 times for 55 yards.
Lane had the second-best rushing game vs. Alabama this season.
Knile Davis of Arkansas carried 20 times for 59 yards for the best rushing effort vs. the Tide this season.
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAY
Michael Palardy booted a 50-yard punt in the second quarter and a career-long 56-yarder in the third frame, his fourth and fifth punts of 50 or more yards this season and the fifth and sixth of his career.
Palardy averaged 48.2 yards per punt for the evening, hitting two 50+ yarders and dropping two inside the 20.
Palardy booted a 32-yard field goal in the first quarter and a 21-yarder in the fourth period. He has hit five of six attempts this season and 19 of 27 for his career.
Channing Fugate recorded his team-leading 12th and 13th special teams tackles.
BIG PLAY FOR HUNTER
Justin Hunter is a big play waiting to happen, and he had his biggest one of the season vs. Alabama.
Hunter hauled in a pass from Tyler Bray and took it 44 yards before being hauled down.
The play was the longest of 2012 for Hunter and the third-longest of his career.
THROWING IT TO THE TIGHT ENDS
A 43-yard, second-quarter reception by Mychal Rivera was the second longest of his career. It proved key in UT's touchdown drive.
Brendan Downs pulled in a 15-yard pass from Justin Worley that contributed to Tennessee's fourth-quarter field goal.
BIG OFFENSIVE GAMES FOR TIDE STARS
A.J. McCarron became the first player to pass for more than 300 yards vs. the Vols since UAB's Bryan Ellis threw for 373 yards in a two overtime loss on Sept. 5, 2010. He was 17 of 22 for 306 yards and 4 TDs.
Amari Cooper caught seven passes for 162 yards, becoming the first receiver to amass more than 150 receiving yards since the Tide's Julio Jones racked up 221 on Oct. 23, 2010.
KEEPING IT CLOSE AT THE HALF
The 13-point halftime lead (23-10) that Alabama had over Tennessee was its smallest this season. The previous closest game was a 27-7 lead over Ole Miss.
The 13-point halftime lead the Tide had over UT also was the smallest since the Tide was up on LSU, 9-0, in the BCS title game.