Nov. 19, 2011
For the Record
Tennessee Captains: Austin Johnson, Ben Martin and Tauren Poole.
Tennessee Legend of the Game: Jason Allen (DB, 2002-05)
Tennessee won the pre-game coin toss and deferred. The Vols are 6-5 in pre-game coin flips in 2011. UT won the OT coin toss and went on defense first.
Tennessee's all-time record is now 794-346-53 (.688).
Tennessee is 73-27-5 all-time vs. Vanderbilt, including 37-10-1 in Knoxville.
The Vols have won six consecutive games over the Commodores since 2006.
Tennessee is now 10-3 in overtime games, including 6-0 at home, and tied with Missouri for most OT wins in the NCAA D-I FBS.
A total of 16 Tennessee seniors ran through the "T" for the final time Saturday night. The list included DB Zack Allen, WR Anthony Anderson, WR Chris Cates, WR Cory Eichholtz, DB Art Evans, DB C.J. Fleming, DS Nick Guess, DL Malik Jackson, LB Austin Johnson, DL Ben Martin, RB Tauren Poole, LB Shane Reveiz, PK/P Chip Rhome, QB Matt Simms, LB Jake Storey and LB Daryl Vereen.
True freshman Cameron Clear drew his first career start, lining up in a double tight end set. Rajion Neal earned his second start, while Mo Couch and Willie Bohannon received starting nods for the third time.
Bray Back In The Saddle
It didn't take long for the Tyler Bray to Da'Rick Rogers connection to resume. In Bray's first action since breaking his thumb vs. Georgia, the sophomores combined 10 times for 116 yards and two touchdowns. For the season, the two have combined for 42 times for 629 yards and eight scores.
Bray now has 34 career TD passes, taking sole possession of seventh on UT's all-time list.
Bray improved his record as a starter to 8-3, including 6-1 at home.
Da'Rick Movin' On Up In The Record Book
Da'Rick Rogers cracked the 1,000-yard receiving mark for the season (1,002), becoming the sixth Vol to hit that total and the seventh time it has been achieved.
Rogers carded his sixth 100-yard receiving game of the season, becoming just the fourth Vol to achieve that feat.
He caught his eighth TD pass of the season, tying him for 10th all-time (in a season) at UT with Alvin Harper (1990) and Cotton Letner (1959).
Rogers had his third multi-TD game of the season and ran his total of receiving touchdowns to nine for 2011, tying him for seventh on UT's all-time list.
Rogers ran his single-season total to 65 receptions, placing him sixth all-time at UT.
Tauren Poole rushed for 100 yards (107) for the third time this season and the ninth time in his career.
Tauren Poole rushed for his fifth TD of the season and the 16th of his career.
Poole's scoring run gave Tennessee its initial first-quarter touchdown against an SEC opponent this season.
Vandy Pick-Six Equals Record
Archibald Barnes picked off a Tyler Bray pass in the third quarter and took it back 100 yards for a score to help Vanderbilt tie the game at 14. The return matched the UT opponent record set in 1962 by Louis Guy of Ole Miss.
Waggner, Gordon To The Rescue
On Vanderbilt's first possession of overtime, Eric Gordon ended the contest by picking off a Jordan Rodgers pass and racing 90 yards for the game-winning score.
Gordon's interception return for a touchdown in overtime was the first defensive score in OT since Sept. 9, 2005, when Ohio DB Dion Byrum picked off Tyler Palko of Pittsburgh and took it to the house.
With Vanderbilt driving for a potential game-winning field goal with less than a minute to play in regulation, Prentiss Waggner grabbed his seventh career interception and second this season.
Austin's All Over The Field
Austin Johnson picked off his fourth pass in the past five games, running his career total to five interceptions.
His total of four INTs this season is the most by a UT linebacker since Jackie Walker had five in 1970.
Johnson also collected seven tackles by halftime and finished with nine, as well as having a sack (-13 yards) and a PBU.
Malik Jackson produced a half sack on Vanderbilt's opening drive, giving him a team-leading 2.5 this season and 13 for his career.
Jackson forced a fumble in the first quarter, also on Vandy's opening drive. It was the fourth of his career, and it led to a one-yard Tauren Poole TD plunge.
After Malik Jackson forced a first quarter fumble, Rod Wilks came up with his first career recovery and returned it 25 yards to set UT up for its first score of the game. Wilks added seven tackles and a half sack.
Second And A Long, Long Way To Go
After Austin Johnson sacked quarterback Jordan Rodgers at the Commodore one, Vanderbilt faced second and 46. It was a reminder of the Georgia game, when the Vols had the Bulldogs facing a third and 57.
Tennessee's three interceptions were its most since Nov. 13, 2010, when it tallied four in a 52-14 victory over Ole Miss.
The UT defense forced Vanderbilt QB Jordan Rodgers to throw a career-high three interceptions and held him under 200 yards passing for just the second time in his five career starts.
The Vols held Zac Stacy, how has had 100+ yard rushing yards in three of his last four games, to just 69 yards on the ground.
Odds & Ends
Rod Wilks had his team-leading eighth special teams stop on the opening kick.
Matt Darr posted his ninth punt inside the 20, making Vanderbilt start its third drive of the game at the seven yard-line after Anthony Anderson downed it.
Darr had a 52-yard punt in the second quarter, his third of 50 yards this season.