Nov. 9, 2013
TENNESSEE TIDBITS Tennessee's all-time record now stands at 802-360-53.
On this date, Tennessee is 9-6-1
UT now stands at 10-5 in its last 15 games at Neyland Stadium since Nov. 5, 2011.
Auburn holds a 28-21-3 edge in the all-time series.
Auburn has won the last six times the teams have played
Butch Jones is now 4-6 at Tennessee and 54-33 in his coaching career
Auburn won the coin toss and deferred to receive in the second half. UT opponents have won the last three coin tosses. UT is 2-3 this year when opponents win the coin toss.
Today's attendance was 102,455, marking the team's second sellout of the season. The previous sellout was against Georgia on Oct. 6. The season average is now 95,310.
TENNESSEE CAPTAINS #64 James Stone (Nashville), #45 A.J. Johnson (Gainesville), #41 Dontavis Sapp (Valdosta), #1 Michael Palardy (Coral Springs) represented the Vols for the pregame coin toss.
VFL LEGEND OF THE GAME Today's Vol For Life Legend of the Game is Tony Robinson, the quarterback who guided the Vols to a 35-20 win over No. 1-ranked Auburn and Heisman Trophy winner Bo Jackson on Sept. 28, 1985.
Robinson played four seasons with the Vols from 1982-85 and threw for 3,332 yards, including a career-best 1,963 when he was named All-SEC in 1994.
AUBURN RACKS UP RUSHING YARDS Auburn tallied 444 rushing yards on the day, marking the first time an opponent has rushed for over 400 yards since Nebraska tallied 409 in the 1998 Orange Bowl.
Auburn's 444 rushing yards are the most by a Tennessee opponent since Alabama set the record at 457 in 1986.
SUTTON ON THE SACK True freshman Cameron Sutton registered his first career sack in the first quarter on Auburn's 3rd down and 13 at the Tigers' 37.
It was the first sack by a Tennessee DB this season and the first by a UT DB since Prentiss Waggner against South Carolina on Oct. 28, 2011.
OPENING SCORE For just the second time this season and the first time since the season opener. UT scored on its first drive of the game as Michael Palardy connected on a 39-yard field goal. The Vols scored a touchdown on the opening drive of the season vs. Austin Peay (8/31) on a Rajion Neal 47-yard run.
BIG DAN'S BLOCK PARTY Daniel McCullers surged up the middle to block an Auburn PAT on the Tigers first touchdown (Marshall to Uzomah). Tennessee last blocked a PAT on Sept. 29, 2012, at Georgia when McCullers swatted away a Bulldog attempt.
PALARDY DOES IT ALL Michael Palardy had two first-quarter field goals and is now 13-of-15 on the season and 36-of-48 on field goals in his career.
Palardy's 36 made field goals are now seventh all-time in Tennessee history. He passed Ricky Townsend (33, 1972-74) and Carlos Reveiz (34, 1984-86).
Next up on the list is Daniel Lincoln (51, 2007-10)
Palardy's first field goal of the day pushed him past George Hunt (1969-71, 203 points) for 10th place in Tennessee's all-time points list.
Palardy had three punts inside the 20 today, giving him an NCAA FBS-best 26 punts inside the 20-yard line. With three 50-yard punts, Palardy now has 15 on the year.
Palardy converted his third field goal of the day with 10:39 left in the third quarter from 40 yards out, tying his career high for field goals made in a single game.
TENNESSEE CAREER MADE FIELD GOALS
1. 71 Fuad Reveiz 1981-94
2. 61 Jeff Hall 1995-98
3. 59 James Wilhoit 2003-06
4. 53 Alex Walls 1999-2002
5. 52 John Beksvoort 1991-94
6. 51 Daniel Lincoln 2007-10
7. 36 Michael Palardy 2010-pres
8. 34 Carolos Reveiz 1984-86
9. 33 Ricky Townsend 1972-74
10. 32 Greg Burke 1989-90
32 George Hunt 1969-71
TENNESSEE CAREER SCORING
Pts Player (Pos) Scoring Years
1. 371 Jeff Hall (PK) 61 FG, 188 PAT 1995-98
2. 325 James Wilhoit (PK) 59 FG, 148 PAT 2003-06
3. 317 John Becksvoort (PK) 52 FG, 161 PAT 1991-94
4. 314 Fuad Reveiz (PK) 71 FG, 101 PAT 1981-84
5. 292 Alex Walls (PK) 53 FG, 133 PAT 1997-02
6. 287 Daniel Lincoln (PK) 51 FG, 134 PAT 2007-10
7. 276 Gene McEver (HB) 44 TD, 12 PAT 1928-31
8. 236 Stanley Morgan (WB) 39 TD, 1 PAT 1973-76
9. 234 James Stewart (RB) 39 TD 1991-94
10. 211 Michael Palardy (PK) 36 FG, 103 PAT 2010-pres
11. 203 George Hunt (PK) 32 FG, 107 PAT 1969-71
PRODUCTIVE DAY FOR NEAL Rajion Neal scored at the 14:50 mark of the second quarter, high stepping into the endzone on a 17-yard run. The score was Neal's 10th of the year and the 17th of his career. The 17-yard score was his longest rushing TD since scoring on a career-long 47-yard run vs. Austin Peay (8/31). At the half, Neal had 69 rushing yards. With 147 total yards on the day, Neal surpassed 100 yards from scrimmage for the fourth time this season and the eighth time in his career. With 124 rushing yards, Neal has now topped the 100-yard mark for the fourth time this season and the sixth time in his career.
DEVRIN DASHES With 58 kickoff return yards in the first half, junior Devrin Young pushed his career total to 1,135 -- past Dennis Rogan and Dale Carter for fifth place on UT's all-time list. He finished the day with 74 kick return yards to push his career total to 1,151.
UT CAREER KICKOFF RETURN YARDS
Player Yards Years
1. Willie Gault 1,854 1979-82
2. Leonard Scott 1,788 1999-2002
3. Corey Larkins 1,307 2001-04
4. David Oku 1,175 2009-10
5. Devrin Young 1,151 2011-pres.
6. Dennis Rogan 1,133 2007-09
7. Dale Carter 1,130 1998-91
8. Gary Moore 996 1977-79
PICK SIX FOR SMITH With 1:28 left in the first half, senior DL Jacques Smith intercepted Marshall and returned it 18 yards for a touchdown. The pick the first of Smith's career.
The last Tennessee defensive lineman with an interception returned for a touchdown was Wes Brown's 25-yard pick six vs. Vanderbilt on Nov. 21, 2009. That came on Brown's last play at Neyland Stadium with 25 seconds left in the game.
TIGERS OPEN 2ND HALF WITH BANG Auburn opened the second half with a 90-yard kick return for a touchdown by Corey Grant.
It was the first kickoff returned for a TD by a Tennessee opponent since Missouri's Jimmy Hunt returned one 87 yards on Nov. 10, 2012.
AUBURN PUNT RETURN YARDS Auburn's Chris Davis totaled 127 yards on two punt returns, setting a new record for most punt return yards in a single game by a Tennessee opponent.
The previous record of 111 yards was set by Kentucky's Dicky Lyons in 1966 and tied by Georgia's Jake Scott in 1968.
ODDS & ENDS With 9:51 remaining in the second quarter, Auburn's Chris Davis returned a punt 85 yards. It's the first AU punt return since 2008. It's the third-longest punt return in Auburn history.
At the half, Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall totaled 164 yards rushing, marking the second consecutive week that an opposing QB has topped 100 yards on the ground. Mizzou's Maty Mauk ran for 114 yards last week.
For the second consecutive week, a UT opponent has rushed for over 300 yards. Mizzou rushed for 338 yards on Nov. 2.
Marshall and Mason each topped 100 yards rushing, marking the first time a UT opponent has had two players with 100 yards on the ground since Sept. 29, 2012 when Georgia's Keith Marshall ran for 164 and Todd Gurley ran for 130.
UNDER REVIEW With 1:41 remaining in the first quarter, Daniel Hood forced a fumble by Auburn's Tre Mason. It was Hood's first first career forced fumble forced.
LaDarrell McNeil recovered the fumble, marking the second fumble recovery of his career. He last recovered a fumble against Missouri in 2012. The play was reviewed and upheld as a fumble