Nov. 5, 2011
For the Record
Tennessee Captains: Malik Jackson, Ja'Wuan James, Prentiss Waggner.
Legends of the Game: Jeff Smith (1992-95) and Richard Pickens (1966-68).
Tennessee won the coin toss and deferred to the second half. The Vols are now 4-5 in pre-game coin flips this season. UT is 3-1 when winning the toss.
Tennessee's all-time record now is 793-345-53 (.688).
The Vols moved to 2-0 in the all-time series vs. Middle Tennessee.
The triumph over the Blue Raiders gave UT its seventh consecutive victory in the month of November, dating to Nov. 21, 2009, and boosted the squad's totals to 75-12 in 11th-month contests since 1990.
The Big Orange victory over Middle Tennessee ran the Vols' streak of wins over in-state opponents to 10 in a row since 2006.
The Vols are 68-17-3 all-time in homecoming games, including wins in the last three games and eight of the last nine since 2003.
Since 1984, Tennessee is 26-2 in homecoming games.
"Roll the Gold," a three-time World Grand Champion Tennessee Walking Horse ridden by Allison Thorson, continued a long-standing UT tradition by taking a trip around Shields-Watkins Field prior to the game.
This marks the sixth night homecoming game in Tennessee annals, and the Vols moved their record to 5-1 in those contests under the lights.
Finding The End Zone
After a 10-quarter drought, UT hit paydirt for the first time since the second quarter of the LSU game. The Vols capitalized on an Austin Johnson interception with a one-yard Tauren Poole plunge in the first quarter vs. Middle Tennessee.
Tennessee broke a streak of 17 quarters with no touchdown passes thrown when Justin Worley hit Da'Rick Rogers on a 47-yard strike in the first quarter.
The Vols also broke a streak of 128 passing attempts without a touchdown pass this season on that play, dating back to the third quarter of UT's win over Buffalo.
UT scored 24 points in the first half after tallying 16 points in its last three games.
Justin Worley Show
Freshman Justin Worley's first career TD pass will go in the books as a 47-yard connection with Da'Rick Rogers, putting Tennessee up 14-0 in the first quarter. Worley was 4-of-4 passing for 87 yards on that scoring drive.
Worley finished the first quarter 7-of-8 passing for 105 yards and a TD, was 16- of-21 for 202 yards by halftime and finished 23-of-32 for 291 yards and a score.
The Rock HIll, S.C., native hit nine different receivers in the contest.
Da'Rick Rogers posted his fourth 100-yard receiving game of the season by the end of the first half with seven catches for 104 yards. He finished the game with nine grabs for 137 yards and a touchdown.
M-M-M-M Good For Poole
Tauren Poole recorded the fourth multi-TD game of his career with two scores in the first half. All four of those performances came against "M" schools: UT-Martin (2010), Memphis (2010), Mississippi (2010) and Middle Tennessee (2011).
Firsts & Bests
Tennessee's third touchdown scoring drive of the game featured season bests for plays (15) and time (7:52).
Jaron Toney, a redshirt freshman from Alcoa, got his first career carry, earning a yard in the first quarter on tote number one. He led UT for the game with 52 yards on 19 attempts.
Cameron Clear, a true freshman from Memphis, hauled in his first career catch, a four-yarder in the second quarter.
Tennessee debuted its version of the Wildcat package, with tail back Marlin Lane taking the direct snaps. He wound up with 37 yards on nine carries.
Pitching A Shutout
For only the third time since 2003, UT shut out an opponent. The Vols blanked UT Martin, 50-0 in 2010, and Vanderbilt, 48-0 in 2003.
UT's last homecoming game shutout came in 1995, when the Vols whitewashed Oklahoma State, 31-0.
Tennessee picked off two passes in the first half, both leading to scores.
Austin Johnson's INT led to a first-quarter TD, and Eric Gordon's pick paved the way for a field goal to end the first half.
Dontavis Sapp added a fumble recovery to thwart a fourth-quarter Middle Tennessee drive. Jacques Smith forced the fumble.
Limiting The Ground Game
Tennessee held Middle Tennessee to 97 yards rushing, the first time since the 11/6/10 Memphis game that the Vols prevented an opponent from gaining 100.
Meet Derrick Brodus
Derrick Brodus, a redshirt freshman from Maryville, who played high school football at Alcoa, became the 19th Vol rookie to play this season when he booted the opening kickoff.
Brodus, also an all-state soccer player for Alcoa in 2009 and 2010, handled PAT chores against Middle Tennessee, drilling three in the first half and adding a field goal to close out the first half.
Not scheduled to dress for the game, injuries to Michael Palardy (Thursday) and Chip Rhome (pregame) pressed Brodus into action.