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Tennessee Postgame Notes



Oct. 24, 2009

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Today's Result
  • Tennessee falls to No. 1 Alabama 12-10 and drops to 3-4 (1-3 SEC). The Crimson Tide now leads the all-time series 49-36-7 and is 5-4 in games played in Tuscaloosa.
  • Tennessee falls to 2-8 vs. No. 1-ranked teams all-time and 0-3 vs. the No. 1-ranked Tide.
  • Tennessee is now 11-3-2 all-time on Oct. 24.
Noting the Tennessee Offense
  • After struggling offensively in the first half, Tennessee dominated in the second half time of possession, holding the ball for 20 minutes and 53 seconds. The Vols have won the fourt quarter time of possession battle in all seven games this season. After only running 28 plays in the first half, the Vols ran 40 in the second half.
  • Senior tailback Montario Hardesty finished the game with 47 yards on 17 carries. His 48 yards moved him to 17th in school history with 1,765 career rushing yards. Hardesty also posted a career-high four receptions for a career-high 66 yards.
  • Junior wideout Gerald Jones finished the game tying a career high with seven receptions, including one touchdown. In his last three games Jones has caught 19 passes for 252 yards and three touchdowns.
  • Senior wide receiver Denarius Moore also tied a career high with four receptions. In his last four games, Moore has caught 15 passes for 237 yards and two touchdowns.
  • Senior quarterback Jonathan Crompton played his second consecutive impressive game, completing 21-of-37 passes for 265 yards and one touchdown and one interception. In his last nine quarters, Crompton has completed 54-of-85 passes (.635) for 756 yards and seven touchdowns (two interceptions).
Noting the Tennessee Defense/Special Teams
  • Tennessee held the Tide without a touchdown of any kind for the first time this season. The Vols have not held an opponent without a TD since the Northern Illinois game in 2008.
  • Tennessee has not allowed an offensive touchdown in two games. It has been a total of nine quarters since the Vols surrendered a touchdown on defense.
  • The Vols held Alabama to just four first downs and 69 total yards in the second half.
  • Tennessee successfully recovered an onside kick for the first time since a 2006 contest at South Carolina. Denarius Moore made the recovery.
  • Senior linebacker Rico McCoy finished the game with a team-high 12 tackles. He has now led the team in tackles in four consecutive games and has nine career double digit tackle efforts.
  • Junior defensive back Eric Berry finished the game with five tackles, including one he shared for a loss. He also posted two pass break-ups, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. The recovery was his second this season and the fourth of his career.
  • Freshman kick returner David Oku posted three kick returns for an average of 30 yards per return. He entered the game averaging 21 yards per return. The team averaged 28.4 yards per kick return vs. Alabama after entering the game averaging 21.8 yards per return.
  • Junior defensive back Dennis Rogan posted a 23-yard punt return in the first quarter. It was the Vols' longest punt return of the season and Rogan's longest since notching a 45-yard return vs. Vanderbilt in 2007.
  • Junior punter Chad Cunningham booted a career-long 58-yard punt in the fourth quarter, surpassing his previous career best kick of 57 yards (UCLA - 2009, at Auburn, 2008). Cunningham finished the game with five punts and a 37.0 yards-per-kick average.
  • Freshman defensive tackle Marlon Walls entered the game in the first quarter. It was his first action in a Tennessee uniform.

 

 

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