Oct. 23, 2010
Freshman Justin Hunter (Virginia Beach, Va.) made his first career start at wide receiver. He became the fifth true freshman -- the fourth position player -- to start for the Vols this season.
Seventeen Vols have now made their first career starts this season: 10 on of¬fense, six on defense and one on special teams.
For the fifth time this season, the Vols outscored their opponent in the first quarter with a 7-3 lead against Alabama. On the season, UT has outdone its op¬ponent in the first quarter 50-37, including a 43-13 advantage at home.
Tennessee allowed 21 points in the third quarter, matching the season-high 21 points allowed in the fourth quarter against Oregon.
The Vols were shut out in the second half for the third time this season (Oregon and UAB).
Freshman tight end Mychal Rivera (Valencia, Calif.) had a career-long 16-yard catch in the fourth quarter.
Senior wide receiver Gerald Jones (Oklahoma City, Okla.) matched a career high with seven receptions. He finished with 52 yards.
Junior tailback Tauren Poole (Toccoa, Ga.) broke loose for a 59-yard touch¬down run in the first quarter. It was Poole's longest rush of his career and his sixth touchdown.
Poole's run was the longest rush Alabama has allowed this season. South Caro¬lina's Lattimore had a 32-yard run against the Crimson Tide in the Gamecocks' 35-21 victory on Oct. 9.
100 Yards Again
Poole finished with 117 yards on 14 carries, an average of 8.4 yards per rush. It was his fourth 100-yard rushing game of the season.
Alabama had not allowed a 100-yard rusher in 41 games, dating back to Oct. 13, 2007, when Mississippi's BenJarvus Green-Ellis rushed for 131 yards.
Reveiz Leads Again
Senior Nick Reveiz finished with 11 tackles to lead the Vols for the fifth time this season. In all five of those games, he has finished with at least 10 tackles. He leads the team with 65 tackles.
The Special Teams
Best of the Season
Senior Chad Cunningham (Dawsonville, Ga.) averaged a season-best 48.2 yards per punt on six kicks Saturday. His career best was a 49.7 average against UCLA in 2009 on only three punts.
His first punt of 56 yards was a season-high and pinned Alabama at its own 18 to start its first drive.
He finished with three punts inside the 20-yard line and three punts of 50 yards or more.
The First Field Goal
Freshman placekicker Michael Palardy scored his first career field goal on a 33-yard kick as time expired in the first half. He finished 1-for 2, after missing a 52-yard attempt in the third quarter. The lefty from Coral Springs, Fla., had only attempted one kick prior to the Alabama game, missing a 45-yarder against LSU.
Palardy has made all five PAT attempts since coming in three games ago for injured senior Daniel Lincoln.