Tennessee Postgame Notes

Nov. 14, 2009

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Today's Result

  • Tennessee falls to Mississippi 42-17, dropping to 5-5 and 2-4 in the Southeastern Conference. The Rebels improve to 7-3 overall and 3-3 in the league.
  • Tennessee now leads the all-time series 43-19-1, but loses its first-ever game in Oxford to drop to 3-1 in games played at Ole Miss. The Vols also have their winning streak over the Rebels snapped at 12 games.
  • The loss is just Tennessee's sixth regular-season loss to an SEC opponent on or after Nov. 1 since the inception of divisional play in 1992.
Noting the Tennessee Offense
  • Senior quarterback Jonathan Crompton continued his late season assault on the UT record books. He completed 20-of-37 passes for 176 yards and two touchdowns. Those numbers move him past the 2,000-yard passing mark for the season (2,124) and give him 23 touchdown passes. He is just the 11th passer in school history to post a 2,000 yard season and his 23 touchdowns is the fourth-best single-season total in school history.
  • Senior tailback Montario Hardesty carried 14 times for 55 yards. He now has 956 yards on the season and 2,002 yards for his career. He is just the 13th player in school history to rush for 2,000 yards in his career. He needs just 44 yards to reach 1,000 yards on the season.
  • Senior tight end Jeff Cottam scored Tennessee's first touchdown on a 16-yard reception in the first quarter. It was just his third reception of the season and his second career touchdown.
  • Senior wideout Denarius Moore scored Tennessee's second touchdown on a 25-yard reception in the second quarter.The touchdown was the seventh of his career and his fifth this season. His five touchdown catches lead all UT receivers. He finished the game tied with Gerald Jones with a team-high five receptions.
Noting the Tennessee Defense/Special Teams
  • Dan Williams led the Vols with a career-high nine total tackles, including two for losses. Williams has 52 tackles on the season and 6.5 tackles for loss. His 52 stops this season (10 games) surpasses his 2008 total of 48 tackles (12 games).
  • Senior defensive tackle Wes Brown posted his first career interception in the third quarter. It was Tennessee's eighth interception of the season.
  • Three other Vols posted career highs in tackles: Ben Martin (7), Herman Lathers (7), Prentiss Waggner (5).
  • David Oku returned five kickoffs for a 29.8-yard average. In the last two games he has eight returns for 271 yards, which works out to 33.8 yards per return. His season average is at 25.8 yards.
  • Junior kicker Daniel Lincoln converted his first field goal since the Alabama game, a 27-yard kick in the third quarter. Lincoln missed the South Carolina game with an injury and did not attempt a kick vs. Memphis. He has now made 41 field goals in his career, which ranks sixth in school history.
  • Tennessee surrendered 300 rushing yards to an opponent for the first time since the 2000 Fiesta Bowl vs. Nebraska (321). Ole Miss back Dexter McCluster rushed for 282 yards, which is the most ever allowed to an individual by a UT defense. His four touchdowns also tie the UT record for most scored by an individual opponent.
Miscellaneous Notes
  • Tennessee was penalized just two times for 20 yards in the game. The Vols were averaging five penalties and 38.78 penalty yards per game entering the contest. Both marks ranked in the top 20 nationally.





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