Oct. 22, 2011
TO NOTE For the Record Tennessee Captains: Ben Martin, Mychal Rivera, Malik Jackson and Alex Bullard. Tennessee is now 37-49-8 all-time against Alabama, including a 3-5 mark in Tuscaloosa. Alabama won the coin toss and elected to receive. The Vols are now 3-4 in pre-game coin flips this season. Tennessee's all-time record is now 792-344-53 (.688). The announced attendance of 101,821 marks the largest road crowd Tennessee has ever played in front of, topping the previous high of 92,932 at LSU on Oct. 2, 2010.
Missing Manning Today's contest marked the first Tennessee-Alabama game the Vols legend Gus Manning has missed since 1946, a 12-0 UT win. It breaks a streak of 65 consecutive games for Manning.
For Starters Sophomore Alex Bullard started at center for the first time in his collegiate career, after starting the first six games of the season at left guard. He is the fourth center in the last 19 games for Tennessee (Cody Pope, Darin Gooch, James Stone). Brian Randolph earned the start at free safety, his third of the season. With linebackers A.J. Johnson and Curt Maggitt also starting, Tennessee has now opend the game with three freshmen starts on defense three times this season (Montana, Cincinnati). Freshman tailback Devrin Young made the first start of his collegiate career.
THE OFFENSE Running Hard Alabama had allowed just 84 total rushing yards in its first three SEC games. Tennessee had 61 in the first half alone before finishing with 92. Senior Tauren Poole led the Vols with 67yards on 19 carries.
Strong Second Quarter
Palardy's 52-yard field goal marked the first points Alabama has allowed in the second quarter all season. The most yards the Tide had allowed to an opponent in the second quarter had been 11 before the Vols tallied 51 today.
Worley Makes Debut True freshman quarterback Justin Worley made his collegiate debut with 9:27 remaining in the fourth quarter. He finished with one carry for no gain. Worley became the 16th true freshman and 17th overall freshman to play for the Vols this season.
Streak-Snapping Interception Senior Austin Johnson picked off a first-quarter pass from A.J. McCarron, marking just Tennessee's second interception of the season and first in a string of 349 defensive snaps, dating back to the third quarter of the season opener versus Montana. Johnson's interception snapped a streak of 50 consecutive offensive possesions by Alabama without a turnover, including its first four SEC games. The pick also snapped a streak of 152 straight passes without an interception by McCarron, the third-longest streak in Alabama history. For Johnson, it was his first interception of the season and second of his career. His first came against UT-Martin on Sept. 4, 2010.
Explosive Plays Marquis Maze's 69-yard reception in first quarter was the seventh play of 60+ yards against Tennessee this season. A 39-yard touchdown catch by Alabama's Kenny Bell in the third quarter was the 16th play of over 30 yards allowed by the Tennessee defense this year.
Freshman Standout With 13 tackles today and 11 last week vs. LSU, linebacker A.J. Johnson became just the second true freshman in Tennessee history with two 10+ tackle games. Eric Berry is the only other player to accomplish the feat with games of 14 tackles vs. Kentucky and 12 tackles vs. South Carolina in 2007. Johnson's 13 tackles rank as the second-most by a Tennessee true freshman, behind only Eric Berry's 14-tackle game vs. Kentucky in 2007. Johnson now holds two of UT's top-four tackle games by a true freshman, joining Berry's two efforts, and a 12-tackle game by Reggie White against Virginia in 1980.
SPECIAL TEAMS Fake Punt! Michael Palardy completed a five-yard pass to Anthony Anderson for a first down on a fake punt in the second quarter. It was UT's first successful fake punt since Palardy ran for 16 yards and a first down against Kentucky on 11/26/10. The pass completion by Palardy and reception by Anderson were the firsts of their respective careers.
Palardy From Distance
Michael Palardy's career-long 52-yard field goal in the second quarter marked the longest by a Tennessee kicker since Jeff Hall made a 53-yarder against Oklahoma State on Sept. 30, 1995.
The field goal ties for the seventh-longest on the road and tied for the 14th-longest in Tennessee history.
Palardy also made a 40-yard field goal to give the Vols a 3-0 lead in the first quarter.