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UT-Mississippi Post-Game Notes



Nov. 13, 2010

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For Starters

Junior linebacker Daryl Vereen made first career start for the Vols.

This season, 22 players have made their first start for Tennessee: 13 on offense, eight on defense and one on special teams.

Scoring

Tennessee's 52 points Saturday were the most the Vols have scored in an SEC game since a 52-50 four-overtime victory at Kentucky in 2007.

The last time the Vols posted at least 52 in a regulation-length conference game came in a 59-21 win over Mississippi State at home in 2003.

Tennessee posted a season-best 21 points in the first quarter Saturday.

The Vols have outscored their opponents 87-44 in the first quarter this season.

In the first halves against Memphis and Mississippi combined, the Vols have held the scoring advantage 71-21.

The Vols shutout Ole Miss in the second half, marking the first time UT's defense has held an opponent scoreless through one half since the 2010 season opener against UT Martin.

The Offense

The Longest Yards

Freshman quarterback Tyler Bray completed a pass to fellow freshman wide receiver Justin Hunter for an 80-yard touchdown on the opening play, good for the longest pass completion for the Vols this season.

Prior to Saturday, the longest completion this season was a 72-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Matt Simms to sophomore wide receiver Zach Rogers for a touchdown against UAB on Sept. 25.

The play was also the longest from scrimmage since LaMarcus Coker's 87- yard run at Vanderbilt in 2006. Additionally, it was the longest passing play for a touchdown since Erik Ainge connected with Robert Meachem for an 84-yard touchdown at Memphis in 2006.

First from Scrimmage

The Bray to Hunter touchdown was the Vols' first touchdown on the opening play from scrimmage since Nov. 24, 2007, at Kentucky. In that game, Erik Ainge found Arian Foster for a 65-yard touchdown pass.

Start No. 2

After setting the UT single-half record with 308 passing yards in the first half at Memphis, Tyler Bray followed it up with 265 in the first half in his second start today, which ranks ninth all-time and is the sixth-best first-half effort.

Bray is just the second UT quarterback to produce two top 10 performances for most passing yards in one half. Peyton Manning is on that list four times, with his highest total of 285 coming in the first half against Northwestern in 1997.

Miscellaneous Notes on Offense

With two touchdowns, junior Tauren Poole recorded his first multi-touchdown game since recording a pair in the season-opener against UT Martin. With scoring plays of 36- and 35- yards, he has 12 rushes for at least 20 yards this season.

Hunter recorded his first career multi-touchdown game, scoring on the 80-yard play to start the game and a 22-play in the second quarter.

For the 44th time in UT history and the second consecutive week, the Vols had both a 100-yard rusher and 100-yard receiver. Poole ran for 107 yards while Hunter totaled 114 yards receiving. The two-game string marks the second time that the feat has been accomplished in consecutive weeks.

The Defense

Pick Six, Take Three

Sophomore defensive back Prentiss Waggner set a UT team season record with his third interception returned for a touchdown.

He caught a pass attempt by Mississippi's Jeremiah Massoli and returned it 10 yards into the end zone. His others came against UT Martin (54) and UAB (9).

And Four

Freshman cornerback Eric Gordon intercepted a pass from Masoli and returned it 46 yards in the first quarter for his first touchdown as a Vol.

The Vols have four interception returns for touchdowns this season. UT season record is seven, set by the 1971 squad.

More on Inteceptions

Sophomore safety Janzen Jackson also got in on the act in the third quarter with his third interception of the season.

Anthony Anderson also added an interception in the fourth quarter.

With four interceptions, the Vols were only halfway to the school single-game record of eight, set against Alabama in 1970.

The Vols have had seven interceptions in the last two games. They entered Saturday's game with 10 on the season, which ranked fourth in the SEC.

The Special Teams

Lincoln's Return (And Record)

After a five-game absence with a leg injury, senior placekicker Daniel Lincoln returned to the field for Tennessee and converted a PAT to give the Vols a 7-0 lead with 12:27 left in the first quarter.

He picked up where he left off by kicking a 43-yard field goal, tying his own school record with his eighth consecutive made field goal to start the season. As a freshman, he hit his first eight and finished the season 21-of-28.

He finished with one field goal and seven PATs.

 

 

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