Nov. 18, 2012
TENNESSEE TIDBITS Tennessee's all-time record is now 798-354-53 overall
The Vols still lead the series against Vanderbilt, 73-28-5, including a 36-18-4 record in Nashville.
The 73 wins against the Commodores are the second-most for the Vols against a single opponent (74 vs. Kentucky).
Today's contest is Tennessee's 106th against Vanderbilt, the second-most for the Vols against a single opponent (107 vs. Kentucky).
Tennessee is 6-5 in coin tosses this season after losing today's flip. Vanderbilt is the first opponent to win the toss and elect to receive against UT this year.
Today's announced attendance is 40,350.
TENNESSEE CAPTAINS #22 Rod Wilks, #24 Eric Gordon, #39 Ben Bartholomew, #64 James Stone, #74 Antonio Richardson, #78 Alex Bullard, #83 Zach Rogers and #87 Jacob Carter
All eight Tennessee captains are also Nashville-area natives.
BRAY-WATCH Tyler Bray finished 11-of-29 for 103 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions.
Bray moves up to fourth on the UT career completions chart (520), passing Andy Kelly (514). He also jumped Peyton Manning (3,287) into third on the single-season passing yards list, upping his 2012 yardage total to 3,319.
He also moved up to third on both the single-season completions (248) and single-season passing attempts (417) charts.
Tennessee Single-Season Passing Touchdowns
Name TDs Year
1. Peyton Manning 36 1997
2. Erik Ainge 31 2007
3. Tyler Bray 30 2012
4. Jonathan Crompton 27 2009
Casey Clausen 27 2003
6. Heath Shuler 25 1993
HUNTER CROSSES 1,000-YARD MARK With five catches, three on Tennessee's final drive of the first half, junior wide receiver Justin Hunter now has 70 receptions on the season, placing him fourth on the UT single-season chart.
His 39 receiving yards pushed his season total to 1,018, making him just the seventh receiver in school history to surpass the 1,000-yard mark in a single season and putting him sixth all-time on the single season receiving yards list.
Tennessee Single-Season Receiving Yards
Name Rec. Yds Year
1. Robert Meachem 1,298 2006
2. Marcus Nash 1,170 1997
3. Joey Kent 1,080 1996
4. Joey Kent 1,055 1995
5. Da'Rick Rogers 1,040 2011
6. Justin Hunter 1,018 2012
7. Kelley Washington 1,010 2001
8. Lucas Taylor 1,000 2007
Tennessee Career Receiving Yards
Name Rec. Yds Years
1. Joey Kent 2,814 1993-96
9. Carl Pickens 1,875 1989-91
10. Anthony Hancock 1,826 1978-81
11. Donte' Stallworth 1,747 1999-01
Justin Hunter 1,747 2010-
ALL-PURPOSE PATTERSON With his 81-yard punt return for a touchdown, Cordarrelle Patterson became the first player in 2012 to score a touchdown four ways; receiving, rushing, punt return for a TD and kick return for a TD.
Most recent players to do so were Jeremy Maclin for Missouri in 2008 (he also did so in 2007); T.Y. Hilton for FIU in 2008 and Phillip Livas for Louisiana Tech in 2008 (when Derek Dooley was the head coach).
Note: Maclin (2007) and Hilton (2008) are the only freshmen to accomplish this feat. With the punt return for a touchdown, Patterson became the second Vol to record both a punt return for a touchdown and a kick return for a touchdown in the same season. The last Vol to do so was Bobby Gordon in 1957.
Patterson is just the fourth to have a punt return and kickoff return for a touchdown in a career at Tennessee, joining Gordon (1955-57), Stanley Morgan (1973-76) and Willie Gault (1979-82).
It was Tennessee's first punt return for a touchdown since Mark Smith returned one 53 yards against Vanderbilt on Nov. 22, 2003, and the longest punt return for a TD since Terry Fair returned one 86 yards against Arkansas in 1996.
With 247 all-purpose yards today, Cordarrelle Patterson had the second most of his career (Troy, 275). The number also ranks 11th all-time on the Vols single game list.
CP has tallied exactly 1,700 all-purpose yards in 2012, the second-most by a Vol behind Reggie Cobb who recorded 1,721 in 1987.
Tennessee Single-Season Kickoff Return Yards
Name KOR Yds Year
1. David Oku 863 2009
2. Dennis Rogan 698 2008
3. Willie Gault 662 1980
4. Cordarrelle Patterson 639 2012
5. Leonard Scott 636 2000
6. Devrin Young 628 2011
7. Dale Carter 623 1991
8. Corey Larkins 611 2002
9. Willie Gault 606 1981
10. Carl Pickens 594 1989
Tennessee Single-Season All-Purpose Yards
Name Year Plays Rush Rec KOR PR IR Total
1. Reggie Cobb 1987 266 1,197 198 326 -- -- 1,721
2. C. Patterson 2012 82 270 690 639 101 -- 1,700
3. Arian Foster 2007 287 1,193 340 117 -- -- 1,650
4. M. Hardesty 2009 307 1,345 302 -- -- -- 1,647
5. Jamal Lewis 1997 255 1,364 275 -- -- -- 1,639
6. Travis Stephens 2001 310 1,464 169 -- -- -- 1,633
7. Jay Graham 1995 292 1,438 160 -- -- -- 1,598
8. Stanley Morgan 1974 180 723 234 375 255 -- 1,587
9. Willie Gault 1981 84 16 479 606 381 -- 1,482
PALARDY DOES IT ALL Michael Palardy unleashed a perfect 50-yard punt late in the first quarter that hugged the goal line and was downed at the 1-yard line.
He added another strong punt on the first play of the second quarter, pinning the Commodores at their own 9-yard line.
He also had a rugby-style punt travel 50 yards to the 15-yard line at the beginning of the third quarter and a 51-yarder to the 22 in the fourth quarter.
Palardy now has 12 punts of 50+ yards this season, 12 that have been downed inside the 20 and six which have ended up inside the 10-yard line.
Palardy finished with a career-high seven punts for an average of 43.6 yards per punt.
Palardy, who also serves as the team's kickoff specialist and field goal kicker, made a 28-yard field goal with 14 seconds left in the first half. He is now 8-for-11 on field goals this season.
LIFE IN THE FAST LANE Sophomore running back Marlin Lane posted his second career 100-yard rushing effort, pounding out 108 yards on 16 carries.
Since taking over as Tennessee's starting tailback against Alabama on Oct. 20, Lane has run for 398 yards on 73 carries in five starts.
RARE INTERCEPTION Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray was intercepted on his 17th pass attempt of the game, snapping a streak of 117 consecutive passes without an interception, dating back to his final pass against South Carolina on Oct. 27.
That ranks as the sixth-longest streak without an interception in Tennessee history.
Tennessee Consecutive Passes Without Interception
Name Passes W/O INT Year
1. Casey Clausen 143 2003
2. Jonathan Crompton 142 2009
3. Erik Ainge 136 2006
4. Peyton Manning 132 1995
5. Erik Ainge 118 2007
6. Tyler Bray 117 2012
A TALE OF TWO HALVES The Tennessee defense held tight in the first half today, holding Vanderbilt 1-for-8 on third-down opportunities, including two conversion attempts inside the 5-yard line. The lone third-down conversion resulted in a touchdown for Vanderbilt.
After yielding a field goal on the game's opening drive, the Vols forced three-and-outs on four of the next five Vanderbilt offensive drives.
After a 72-yard run on the Commodores' first offensive snap, the Vols held them to just 80 yards on their final 30 plays of the opening half.
In the second half, Vanderbilt scored 28 points while putting up 290 yards of offense. Vandy was also 4-of-8 on third down conversions.
JACQUES ATTACK Jacques Smith, returning to the starting line up for the first time since Mississippi State, finished the game with nine tackles, a career high, as well as 1.5 TFL.
In his five starts this season, Smith has recorded 22 tackles, 4 TFL for a loss of 17 yards and seven quarterback hurries.
HELD SCORELESS A rarity occured in both the first and third quarters as the Tennessee offense was held scoreless in a quarter for just the fourth and fifth times this season. The Vols were previously held scoreless in the second quarter against NC State, the third quarter against Alabama and fourth quarter against Missouri.
HOMETOWN HERO Nashville native and Tennessee senior Zach Rogers caught his sixth touchdown pass of the season, hauling in a 14-yard reception from Tyler Bray with 10:47 left in the first half.
JOHNSON TACKLING HIS WAY TO THE TOP A.J. Johnson led the Vols with 12 tackles, two TFLs and a quarterback hurry.
With six assisted tackles, Johnson now has 69 this season,moving him up to fifth on the Tennessee single-season chart.
This marks Johnson's ninth game with 11+ tackles in a row and 12 for his career.
Assisted Tackles - Season
Name Asst. Tkls Year
1. Jamie Rotella 90 1972
2. Carl Johnson 76 1972
3. Steve Poole 71 1974
4. Bobby Majors 70 1971
5. A.J. Johnson 69 2012
6. David Campbell 67 1973
Ray Nettles 66 1971
John Wagster 66 1971
9. Carl Zander 65 1984
Andy Spiva 65 1975
WORKING WORLEY IN Tennessee sophomore quarterback Justin Worley entered the game with 6:56 remaining in the first half.
It was Worley's fourth appearance of the season and first since the Alabama game on Oct. 20.
MORE PICKS FOR MOORE Junior safety Byron Moore picked off a pass from Vanderbilt quarterback Jordan Rodgers in the end zone in the third quarter. It was his team-leading fifth interception of the season and career.
RIVERA CONTINUES STREAK With a 13-yard reception in the fourth quarter, UT senior tight end Mychal Rivera extended his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 17.
The catch was his lone reception of the game.
EXPLOSIVE OFFENSE The Vols have scored 397 points in 11 games this season, the third-highest point total in school history through 11 games and the most since 1995.
Most Points, First 11 Games, UT History
471 points 1993
411 points 1995
397 points 2012
393 points 1990
Tennessee also has 5,254 yards of total offense through 11 games.
Most Total Offense, First 11 Games, UT History
5,292 yards 1997
5,284 yards 1993
5,254 yards 2012
5,145 yards 1991
FOR STARTERS On defense, junior Jaron Toney made his third consecutive start as a defensive back and junior Jacques Smith made his fifth start of the season, but first in five weeks and first at the SAM linebacker position. His previous four starts were at the JACK linebacker position.
Offensively, Tennessee opened in a three-receiver set with Nashville native senior Zach Rogers starting for the sixth time this season.