Nov. 3, 2012
LEGENDS OF THE GAME Today's Vol For Life Legend of the Game is Reggie McKenzie, who played linebacker at Tennessee from 1981-84.
McKenzie played in the NFL from 1985 to 1992 before moving to the front office, serving the Green Bay Packers from 1994-2001. He currently is the general manager of the Oakland Raiders, for whom he started as a rookie player.
Reggie and his twin brother, Raleigh, who both graduated from Knoxville's Austin-East High School, played alongside each other at Tennessee.
TENNESSEE TIDBITS Tennessee is 5-4 in coin tosses this season after winning today's flip. The Vols deferred to the second half.
2012 Lady Vol Hall of Fame inductees Pat Summitt and Michelle Marciniak (basketball), Young-A Yang (golf) and Jane Haist (track & field) were recognized on the field at the end of the first quarter.
Tennessee's all-time record is now 798-352-53 overall.
The Vols are now 441-114-17 at Neyland Stadium.
The Vols are 40-11 in November since 2000.
This marked the first meeting between Tennessee and Troy.
UT is now 12-4 under Derek Dooley when scoring 25 or more points and 25-6 when scoring 20 or more.
Tennessee now has won 10 straight regular season non-conference games dating back to the UAB game on Sept. 25, 2010.
UT is 11-3 under Derek Dooley when passing for 300 yards.
Tennessee had its first game-winning drive of the season, capped off by Marlin Lane's nine-yard run with 1:25 remaining.
Today's attendance was 84,189
TENNESSEE CAPTAINS #34 Herman Lathers, #46 Channing Fugate, #81 Mychal Rivera, #83 Zach Rogers.
HOMECOMING DAY Tennessee is 69-17-3 all-time on Homecoming.
The Vols have won four consecutive Homecoming games and 27 of their last 29.
A Daring Affair, a flat-shod walking horse, circled the field before kickoff with rider Kimbrell Hines aboard, continuing a Tennessee Homecoming tradition.
During a first quarter timeout, Smokey X made his Neyland Stadium debut. He will take over duties for Smokey IX, beginning with the 2013 Orange & White Game.
FOR STARTERS Freshman defensive back Daniel Gray got his first career start and had three stops.
Gray is the second freshman to start this season and it was the fourth overall start by a rookie with defensive back LaDarrell McNeil (10 tackles) carding his third start today.
Jaron Toney also earned his first start, appearing in the dime package and finishing the game with 10 tackles, two pass break-ups and one tackle for a loss.
Tight end Brendan Downs got his second career start. He also was in the starting lineup vs. Buffalo last season.
POINTS AND PLENTY OF THEM The total of 103 combined points is the most in Neyland Stadium history.
It is the second most combined points in UT history, ranking behind the 104 in a 104-0 UT victory over American University on Oct. 7, 1905.
The 103 combined points also marked the fourth highest scoring game (non-overtime) in SEC history and the fourth game with over 95 points scored this season.
1. 116 -- Texas A&M (59) vs. Louisiana Tech (57) 2012
2. 108 -- Auburn (65) vs. Arkansas (43) 2010
3. 104 -- South Carolina (65) vs. Mississippi State (39) 1995
4. 103 -- Tennessee (55) vs. Troy (48) 2012
5. 102 -- Kentucky (68) vs. Louisville (34) 1998
6. 99 -- Florida (62) vs. Tennessee (37) 1995
8. 98 -- East Carolina (56) vs. South Carolina (42) 1994
9. 97 -- Georgia (62) vs. Vanderbilt (35) 1984
97 -- Ole Miss (31) vs. Texas (66) 2012
11. 95 -- Georgia (51) vs. Tennessee (44) 2012
12. 94-- Alabama (59) vs. Ole Miss (35) 1980
94-- Kentucky (77) vs. Texas-El Paso (17) 2002
LOTS AND LOTS OF OFFENSE The sum of 718 yards of total offense is a Tennessee record, topping the previous best of 695 it registered in a 59-31 win vs. Kentucky on Nov. 22, 1997.
The 1,439 combined total yards is a Tennessee record, overtaking the 1,329 yards amassed by Tennessee and Kentucky on Nov. 22, 1997.
Troy's 721 yards of opponent total offense toppled the 634 rolled up by Kentucky on that same date in history.
Tennessee tied a school record for first downs in a game, matching the 35 it had vs. Georgia on Oct. 11, 1997.
BRAY-WATCH Tyler Bray threw for a school-record 530 yards, racking up a career-high-tying five touchdowns and completing 29 of 47 passes with no interceptions vs. Troy. He averaged 18.3 yards per completion.
Bray surpassed Peyton Manning's previous UT single-game record of 523 yards (1997 vs. Kentucky), which had stood as both the passing yards and total offense school record.
Bray's passing yardage total of 530 yards ranks second in SEC history. Only Georgia's Eric Zeier had a better day, piling up 544 vs. Southern Miss in 1993.
It was the second time Bray tallied five scoring passes, posting the second-highest total in school history and matching his effort vs. Memphis on Nov. 6, 2010. Erik Ainge holds the UT and SEC record with seven vs. Kentucky in 2007.
Bray threw for a UT single-half record off 313 yards in the first half, breaking his previous best of 308 at Memphis on Nov. 6, 2010.
Bray overtook Andy Kelly (6,397, 1988-91) to move into fourth on the Tennessee career passing yards list. Bray now has 6,644 yards in 25 games.
In the first half, Bray moved past Jeff Francis (768, 1985-88) into place on the Tennessee career passing attempts list. Bray finished the half with 783 career attempts and the game with 805.
Tyler Bray's five touchdown passes improved his totals to 25 this season and 60 for his career.
Bray stands fourth on UT's career passing touchdown list with 60 and is sixth on the career completions chart with 472, just four behind Jeff Francis (476, 1985-88).
Bray hit Cordarrelle Patterson on a 14-yard strike in the first quarter, connected with Justin Hunter on 21- and 40-yard passes in the second frame and added a 23-yard toss to Rajion Neal and a 46-yard TD to Hunter in the fourth quarter.
Bray now has 11 games of three or more TD passes, including three this season, eight contests with four or more scoring tosses, including four in 2012, and two games with five TDs.
In 10 career games against non-conference foes, Bray has completed 67.3 percent of his passes (222 of 330) for 3,275 yards (327.5 avg.) with just five interceptions to 35 touchdowns. Tyler Bray has moved on to the top 10 for the single-season records in several categories with his performance against Troy.
Bray is tied for fifth in single-season touchdown passes with 25 (with Heath Shuler in 1993).
Bray is eighth in single-season passing yards with 2,812.
Bray is 10th in single-season completions with 200.
Bray is 10th in single-season passing attempts with 334.
PATTERSON PROVING IT Cordarrelle Patterson broke the 100- and 200-yard single-game receiving plateaus for the first time in his career on the same day. The junior wideout finished with nine catches for 219 yards.
That total ranks as the fourth-best ever recorded by a Vol and is the second-most in the SEC this season behind the 303 yards registered by Cobi Hamilton of Arkansas vs. Rutgers on Sept. 22.
In the first half alone, Patterson recorded his first career 100-yard receiving game as a Vol, catching four balls for 150 yards.
Patterson hauled in his fourth touchdown reception of the season and scored his seventh TD of the year on a 14-yard strike from Tyler Bray in the first quarter.
"CP" displayed his illusive abilities on a 41-yard second-quarter reception, making eight Troy defenders miss before a ninth brought him down.
He also had a nifty 58-yard catch in the second period.
Patterson added a 14-yard carry for a first down in the fourth quarter and finished with two carries for 13 yards.
In all, Patterson ended the game with a career-high 275 all-purpose yards, adding 43 kick return yards to his 219 yards receiving and 13 yards rushing.
He averaged 21.2 yards per per play in 13 attempts, which would have been an NCAA record had he had the minimum number of attempts (25).
He previously had games of 195 yards of total offense vs. Georgia State and Mississippi State.
100-YARD RECEIVING DUO Prior to today, Tennessee last had two 100-yard receivers in the same game on Sept. 10, 2011, when Justin Hunter (156 yards) and Da'Rick Rogers (100) accomplished that feat vs. Cincinnati.
The 400 combined receiving yards by Cordarrelle Patterson and Justin Hunter today were the most in school history by a receiving duo.
Cordarrelle Patterson finished with 219 yards on nine catches.
The last Vol to hit 200 yards receiving was Denarius Moore, who had 205 vs. Kentucky on Nov. 27, 2010.
Justin Hunter finished the contest with 181 yards on nine catches.
HUNTER HIGHLIGHTS Justin Hunter caught nine passes for 181 yards and three touchdowns, posting the No. 4 receiving yardage total in the SEC this season.
Justin Hunter scored on 21-, 40-, and 46-yard touchdown passes. It marked the second time this season he hauled in three TD tosses and it marked UT's third occasion this season, with Zach Rogers (South Carolina game) adding the other effort.
Hunter is the second UT player to have two three-TD games in his career. Donte Stallworth was the first to do so in 2001.
His 46-yard catch was the longest of his career.
With three touchdown catches, Hunter tied Alvin Harper (1987-90) at 16 for the most career touchdown receptions.
Pulling down six passes for 102 yards in the first half, Hunter now has seven career games of 100-plus receving yards. That ties him for fifth on UT's career list with Robert Meacham (2004-06) and Larry Seivers (1973-76).
Through nine games, Hunter ranks third with 56 receptions, trailing only the nine-game pace of Marcus Nash (58, 1997) and Joey Kent (1996).
Hunter has seven touchdown catches in 2012 after adding three today.
Hunter's 56 receptions are tied for 13th-most in a single-season in UT history. Austin Rogers (2007) and Josh Briscoe (2007) also had 56.
FAST DRIVING Tennessee now has completed eight scoring drives this season of under 37 seconds.
Four of the six first-half scoring drives were under 91 seconds
NEAL THROUGH THE AIR Rajion Neal caught his third touchdown pass of the season and the fourth of his career.
Neal now has eight total touchdowns for his career.
SPECIAL TEAMS REPORT Dontavis Sapp recorded UT's first punt block since Oct. 25, 2008, when Montario Hardesty got his hands on one against Alabama.
Michael Palardy connected on two of three field goal tries, making from 21 and 31 and missing from 39.
TACKLE KINGS A.J. Johnson went over 100 tackles on the season. After getting in on 13 stops, he now has 101 for the year.
Johnson now has 10 career games of double figures in tackles, including the past seven games this season.
Byron Moore recorded a career-high 12 tackles vs. Troy and was credited with a 1/2 tackle for a loss.
Moore, who had 10 stops at halftime, turned in his fourth double-figure tackle total in 2012.
His previous career best of 11 came last week vs. South Carolina.
UNDER REVIEW Officials reviewed a fumble by Alton "Pig" Howard, and replay confirmed that Howard lost the ball before hitting the ground.
In reviews of 12 plays this season, UT has had seven calls go in its favor and five against.
ON THE SEC LISTS Here's a look at some of today's marks and how they stand in terms of all-time SEC records:
Tyler Bray's 530 passing yards rank as the second-most by an SEC quarterback in a game. The recod of 544 was set by Eric Zeier for Georgia in 1993 against Southern Miss.
Tyler Bray's 530 yards of total offense rank fourth-most in a game in SEC history. The record of 540 is held by Archie Manning (Ole Miss vs. Alabama in 1969) and Rohan Davey (LSU vs. Alabama in 2001). Third on the list is Tim Tebow with 533 for Florida vs. Cincinnati in 2009.
Tennessee's 530 passing yards are the fifth-most in a single-game in SEC history. The record is 585 set by Kentucky vs. Vanderbilt in 1998.
Tennessee's 718 yards of total offense are the sixth-most in a single-game in SEC history. The record is 833 by Alabama vs. Virginia Tech in 1973.
Tennessee's 35 first downs are tied for the 10th-most in single-game in SEC history. The record is 40, by Vanderbilt vs. Davidson in 1969.
FOR COMPARISON If you were wondering how close some of the numbers from Saturday's game came to NCAA records, here's a look.
Total passing yards by a team (530 by Tennessee), record 771 by Houston vs. SMU in 1989.
Most total passing yards by two teams (1,026 by Tennessee and Troy), record 1,253 by TCU (690) and Houston (563) in 1990.
Most plays both teams (175 by Tennessee and Troy), record 209 by Houston (115) and Louisiana Tech (94) in 2012. This game was in regulation and is more than the record for an overtime game.
Most points by both teams (103 by Tennessee and Troy), record is 136 by Navy (74) and North Texas (62) in 2007.
Most Total Yards gained by both teams (1,439 by Tennessee and Troy), record is 1,640 by San Jose State (849) and Nevada (791) in 2001.
Most FIrst Downs (35 by Tennessee), record 45 by Texas Tech vs. Iowa State in 2003.
Most First downs by both teams (69 by Tennessee and Troy), record 78 by Houston (40) and Louisiana (38) in 2012.