Nov. 10, 2012
LEGENDS OF THE GAME Today's Vol For Life Legend of the Game is Condredge Holloway, who was a quarterback for the Vols from 1972-74.
The first black quarterback at Tennessee and in the Southeastern Conference, Holloway also was the first black baseball player in UT history.
Holloway was also selected to Tennessee's All-Century Baseball Team, making him the only UT student-athlete named to all-century squads in both baseball and football.
After playing 13 years in the CFL, Holloway returned to UT and earned his degree. He has spent the past 14 years on the Tennessee staff and is currently UT's Assistant Athletics Director for Student-Athlete Relations and Letterman.
TENNESSEE TIDBITS Tennessee is 6-4 in coin tosses this season after winning today's flip. The Vols elected to receive for the third time this year (Florida, Alabama).
Tennessee's all-time record is now 798-353-53.
The Vols are now 441-115-17 at Neyland Stadium.
The Vols are 40-12 in November since 2000.
This marked the first meeting between Tennessee and Missouri.
UT is now 12-5 under Derek Dooley when scoring 25 or more points and 25-7 when scoring 20 or more.
UT is 11-4 under Derek Dooley when passing for 300 yards.
Today's attendance was 89,272.
VOLS IN OVERTIME This was the first overtime match-up between SEC teams in the 2012 season, and the first SEC overtime game for Mizzou.
Heading into the game, Tennessee and Missouri were tied for the most overtime wins in NCAA history with 10. Missouri now owns the most OT wins in NCAA history with an 11-4. Tennessee is now 10-4.
With the loss, Tennessee drops to 6-2 when a scoring play ends the game. It marked the first quadruple overtime game since Nov. 24, 2007 when UT beat Kentucky 52-50 in four overtimes. The Vols are 6-1 at home all-time in overtime and 4-3 on the road.
The Vols are 2-2 in overtime in the Derek Dooley era, winning over UAB in 2010 and Vanderbilt last year, while losing to North Carolina in the 2010 Franklin American Music City Bowl and today.
Tyler Drummer ran for a 5-yard touchdown in the second overtime after a fake field goal by Michael Palardy. The last time Tennessee attempted a fake field goal was at Arkansas on Nov. 12, 2011.
SETTING RECORDS The Vols were just off the record for total yards through the first 10 games with 4,951 yards. The school record set in 1997 is 4,953.
Tennessee racked up the third-most points through 10 games with 379. The record set in 1993 is 409.
This marked the fifth 500+ yard game in total offense, the most since 1997 when the Vols tallied six games of 500 or more yards in total offense.
BACK-TO-BACK 100-YARD RECEIVING DUOS For the second week in a row, Tennessee had two 100-yard receivers in the same game.
Last week, Justin Hunter and Cordarrelle Patterson combined for 400 receiving yards (Hunter -181, Patterson-219).
This week, Hunter and Mychal Rivera hauled in 270 yards as Hunter tallied 141 receiving yards while Rivera had a career best 129.
POINTS AND PLENTY OF THEM Today's overtime game was It is the fifth most combined overtime points between two SEC teams in SEC history.
The game also marked the third occasion this season that the Vols have notched 95 or more points.
Tennessee has scored at least 40 points five times in 2012, the most in a season for UT since the 1998 squad scored at least 40 four times that season. The last UT squad with five 40-plus games was in 1996.
1. 134 Arkansas (71) vs. Kentucky (63) [7 OT] 2003
2. 114 Arkansas (58) vs. Ole Miss (56) [7OT] 2001
3. 105 Georgia (56) vs. Auburn (49) [4OT] 1996
4. 102 Tennessee (52) vs. Kentucky (50) [4OT] 2007
5. 99 Tennessee (48) vs. Missouri (51) [4 OT] 2012
99 Georgia Tech (51) vs. Georgia (48) [OT] 1999
7. 98 Arkansas (50) vs. LSU (48) [3OT] 2007
8. 97 Ole Miss (48) vs. Jacksonville State (49) [2 OT] 2010
9. 94 Tennessee (51) vs. Alabama (43) [5 OT] 2003
FORCING TURNOVERS Daniel McCullers forced his first career fumble, while LaDarrell McNeil picked up his first career fumble recovery for a 33-yard return. It was the first fumble recovery return for Tennessee this year.
Combined with a Prentiss Waggner interception on the first play of the season quarter, the Vols recorded their first game with more than one forced turnover since Georgia State earlier this year.
WHEN PIG FLIES Freshman wide receiver Alton "Pig" Howard recorded his first career receiving touchdown with a 16-yard catch in the third quarter.
It was not his first involvement in a touchdown this season thought, as Howard threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Mychal Rivera at South Carolina.
RIVERA HIGHS Senior Mychal Rivera wrapped up the game with a team-high 10 catches for 129 yards and a touchdown. It is a career high for the redshirt senior in both catches and yards.
His previous career high was six catches against Cinncinati in 2011 and 85 yards against Georgia in 2011. On his eighth catch of the first half, Rivera reeled in a 21-yard touchdown for his fourth touchdown this year. It was the fifth of his career. The 21 yards put him over the 100-yard mark, for his first career 100-receiving yard game.
Rivera has recorded at least one catch for 16 games in a row.
ON THE HUNT(ER) Junior wide receiver Justin Hunter recorded his eighth 100-yard receiving game, moving to a tie for third on UT's career list, finishing the game with 141 yards receiving. The 141 receiving yards is the fifth-most in his career.
Hunter now has 979 receiving yards this season, currently the ninth most in a single-season in UT history.
With his nine catches in the game, Hunter now has 65 through the first 10 games, putting him in a tie for first with Marcus Nash (1997) for the most by a Vol in the first 10 games of the season.
UT's Most Catches First 10 Games
1. Marcus Nash 65 1997
Justin Hunter 65 2012
3. Joey Kent 62 1996
Hunter's 65 catches are the seventh-most in a single season by a Vol in Tennessee history.
UT's Top-10 Single-Season Receptions
1. Marcus Nash 76 1997
2. Lucas Taylor 73 2007
3. Robert Meachem 71 2006
4. Joey Kent 69 1995
5. Joey Kent 68 1996
6. Da'Rick Rogers 67 2011
7. Justin Hunter 65 2012
BRAY-WATCH On the opening drive, Tyler Bray was 4-for-4 which put him into a tie with Jeff Francis for fifth all-time with Jeff Francis with 476 completions.
Bray ended the first half 21-26, giving him 493 career completions, surpassing Jeff Francis in the UT record book. He is currently 21 completions away from Andy Kelly for fourth all-time (514). With 404 passing yards on the day, Bray recorded his fourth career 400-yard game, and third of the season.
Bray's 404 yards are sixth all-time on the Tennessee single-game passing yards list.
UT's Top-7 Single-Game Passing Yards
1. Tyler Bray 530 2012 (Troy)
2. Peyton Manning 523 1997 (Kentucky)
3. Peyton Manning 492 1996 (Florida)
4. Peyton Manning 408 1996 (Northwestern)
5. Tyler Bray 405 2011 (Cincinnati)
6. Tyler Bray 404 2012 (Missouri)
7. Tyler Bray 401 2012 (Akron)
The junior slinger leads all active SEC quarterbacks with 12 career 300-yard passing games. Bray has eclipsed 300 yards passing in 12 of his 22 career starts.
Bray currently has 3,216 passing yards on the season. He is only the fourth Vol to achieve the feat of 3,000 passing yards in a season.
With 54 pass attempts today, Bray now has 388 attempts on the season, fourth-most for a Vol quarterback in a single season.
With 37 pass completions today, Bray now has 237 completions this year, fifth-most for a Vol quarterback in a single season.
WHO NEEDS RUNNING BACKS? The Vols scored three rushing touchdowns none of which came by a running back. Wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson had a 5-yard rush, linebacker A.J. Johnson had a 3-yard rush Tyler Drummer raced in for a 5 yard TD on a fake field goal.
THE BEAST PACKAGE RETURNS Sophomore A.J. Johnson fought his way to his fifth rushing touchdown of the season in the Beast Package to give UT a 14-7 lead with 9:56 left in the first half. On his 11th rush attempt of the season, Johnson recorded his longest TD of the year with a 3-yard run.
TACKLING THE COMPETITION Jaron Toney and A.J. Johnson led the Vols with 11 tackles apiece. Toney led with seven solo tackles.
Toney, who walked onto the Vols as a running back set a career highwith his 11 tackles.
It was Johnson's eighth-straight game of recording 11 tackles or more, and 11th overall.
Nine different Vols had at least five tackles in the game.
BACKFIELD HITS The Vols finished with 7.0 TFL for a loss of 22 yards, their most against SEC competition this season. (6.0-32 TFL at South Carolina, 6-27 at Miss. St., 6-25 at Georgia)
Eric Gordon came up with a big hit in the backfield in the first, for a loss of five on the play and now has 3.5 TFLs on the year.
Jordan Williams notched his second sack of his career, as he dropped Missouri quarterback James Franklin for a loss of six yards.
WAGGNER ON THE DEFENSE Senior Prentiss Waggner intercepted his second pass of the season on UT 27 line on Missouri's first and 10. It was the ninth interception of his career.
He moved up to 10th on Tennessee's career passes defended list with 24.
SPECIAL TEAMS Missouri's Jimmie Hunt ran for an 87-yard kickoff return touchdown. The last time an opponent has scored off a kickoff return was Oct. 10, 2009, when Georgia's Brandon Boykin returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown.
SPREAD OFFENSE Junior Tyler Bray connected with nine different receivers in the game, as Justin Hunter, Mychal Rivera, Marlin Lane, Cordarrelle Patterson, Zach Rogers, Ben Bartholomew, Brendan Downs, Alton "Pig" Howard, and Ben Bartholomew all recorded catches.
UNDER REVIEW (TWO IN ONE DRIVE) Officials reviewed a Tennessee fourth down stop in the fourth quarter, but after further review, reversed the call in Missouri's favor. The play resulted in the game-tying touchdown.
With 2:17 left in the game, a 15-yard pass to Bud Sasser was ruled a catch. After review, the receiver was down out of bounds and it was incomplete.
In reviews of 14 plays this season, UT has had eight calls go in its favor and six against.
AT THE HALF At the 11:00 mark in the second quarter, Tennessee had tallied 13 first downs, while running 12 offensive plays.
UT garnered 20 first downs throughout the first 30 minutes of action.
Those 20 first downs equaled 383 total offensive yards compared to Missouri's 64.
Of Missouri's 64 yards of total offense in the first half, 35 came on the final drive of the half. The Tigers finished the half with four first downs, two on the final drive.
TENNESSEE CAPTAINS #8 Tyler Bray, #84 Cordarrelle Patterson, #3 Byron Moore and #97 Daniel Hood.
FOR STARTERS Vols open in dime defense for the second week in a row with Jaron Toney and Eric Gordon on the field.
It is Toney's second-straight career start. Herman Lathers and Daniel McCullers did not start.