Nov. 12, 2011
For the Record
Tennessee Captains: Mychal Rivera, Anthony Anderson and Austin Johnson.
Tennessee is now 13-4 all-time against Arkansas, including a 2-3 mark in Fayetteville and a 5-3 record in the Natural State.
Tennessee won the coin toss and elected to receive for the first time this season. The Vols are now 5-5 in pre-game coin flips this season.
Tennessee's all-time record is now 793-346-53 (.688).
The announced attendance for tonight's contest was 72,103, marking the smallest crowd Tennessee has played in front of this season by over 15,000.
Sophomore Willie Bohannon started at defensive end for the first time this season and the second time in his collegiate career (vs. South Carolina 10/31/09).
Fellow sophomore Maurice Couch also started for the second time in his career at defensive tackle (vs. South Carolina 10/29/11)
Justin Coleman earned the start at cornerback, his fourth of the season. With linebacker A.J. Johnson and safety Brian Randolph also starting, Tennessee has now opened the game with three freshmen starts on defense five times this season (Montana, Cincinnati. Alabama, MTSU)
Freshman wide receiver DeAnthony Arnett made the first start of his collegiate career.
Of Rogers and Records
With five catches today, sophomore WR Da'Rick Rogers increased his season reception total to 55, moving him into a tie with former teammate Gerald Jones (2010) for 14th all-time on the Tennessee single-season receptions list.
With his fifth career 100-yard game, he also upped his receiving yards total to 886 on the year, placing him 11th on the UT single-season chart.
Four of Roger's five receptions went for first downs. For the season, Rogers has continuously come up big for the Vols with 43 of his 55 catches resulting in either a first down or a touchdown (78.2 percent)
Rogers also recorded his second carry of the season, gaining three on an end around after rushing 16 times last season.
Ray-jion of Light
Tennessee sophomore WR Rajion Neal game up big for the Vols in the second quarter, hauling in a 50-yard catch and scoring on an 11-yard end around on a 77-yard UT scoring drive.
The 50-yard catch was the second-longest of Neal's career, behind only a 58-yard grab he had against Georgia last season (10/9/10)
The touchdown run was the second of his career while his three catches in the game tied a career-best as he also had three vs. Georgia last year (10/9/10).
Vols Top TOP Mark
Tennessee's first half time of possession of 20:24 was its most in a half this season, besting the first half against Montana when it had the ball for 20:15.
The first half TOP also marked the third consecutive half that the Vols have had the ball for 19 minutes or more. Against MTSU, UT had the ball for 19:33 in the first half and 19:41 in the second.
It was also the highest TOP since it had the ball for 20:53 in the second half against Alabama on Oct. 24, 2009.
After Further Review
The Vols were the beneficiary of an overturned call in the first quarter after it was originally ruled that Da'Rick Rogers fumbled after a 15-yard catch. A call to the video official in the press box, however, showed that his knee was down before the ball came out.
Johnson Does It Again
Senior Austin Johnson picked off a first-quarter pass from Tyler Wilson for his third interception of the season, all in the last four games.
The interception marked Tennessee's fifth in the last four games after having just one in the first six contests of the year.
Maggitt and Miller Team Up
Freshman Curt Maggitt forced a fumble, the first of his young career, late in the fourth quarter and sophomore Corey Miller recovered it. It marked the seventh fumble the UT defense has recovered this season.
Tennessee has now allowed eight plays of 60+ yards this season after a 60-yard punt return by Arkansas' Joe Adams and a 71-yard run by Dennis Johnson.
Arkansas had three other plays of at least 40 yards, putting the total of 40+ yard plays allowed by the Vol defense at 15 this year.
The Vols countered with a few big plays of their own, completing passes of 50 yards to Rajion Neal and 45 yards to Da'Rick Rogers, giving UT eight passes of 40+ yards this season, five of which have gone to Rogers.
It's a Fake!
Tennessee attempted a fake field goal on the initial drive of the game with Michael Palardy's pass intended for Channing Fugate falling incomplete.
The fake field goal was the first attempted by the Vols since Nov. 11, 2000 against Arkansas when Seth Reagen scored on a two-yard touchdown run.
Arkansas kicker Zach Hocker missed a 40-yard field goal with 7:25 remaining in the first half. Tennessee opponents had made seven straight field goals dating back to the Buffalo game on Oct. 1 before his miss. SEC teams had been a perfect 10-for-10 on field goals as well.