Tennessee Postgame Notes

Nov. 21, 2009

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Today's Result

  • Tennessee defeats Vanderbilt 31-16 to improve to 6-5 overall and 3-4 in the Southeastern Conference. The Commodores finish the season 2-10 and 0-8 in the SEC. Tennessee is now 36-10-1 in games vs. Vanderbilt in Knoxville and has won four in a row in the series overall. The overall series stands at 71-27-5 in UT's advantage.
  • The Vols are now 191-42-10 all-time vs. in-state opponents.
  • Tennessee is now 59-11 overall and 45-6 vs. SEC opponents on or after Nov. 1 since 1992.
  • The win makes UT bowl eligible for the eighth time since 2000 and for the 48th time in program history.
  • The Vols finish the season 6-2 at Neyland Stadium. Tennessee has finished at or above .500 at home for 21-straight seasons.
Crompton Climbs Passing TD Charts
  • Senior quarterback Jonathan Crompton completed 20-of-34 passes for 221 yards and two touchdowns. His two passing scores give him 25 on the season, which is tied for the fourth most in school history.
  • Crompton also moved into the all-time UT top 10 in season passing yards with 2,345. That mark ranks as the 10th most prolific effort in school history.
  • Crompton was intercepted on his 24th attempt of the game, breaking his streak of attempts without a pick at 142. That mark falls one attempt shy of the school record of 143 set by Casey Clausen in 2003. Crompton's streak began on his sixth attempt of the Alabama game.
Hardesty has Career Day; Reaches 1,000 Yards on Season
  • Senior Montario Hardesty reached the 1,000 rushing yards for the season in the first quarter of the game and finished the contest with a career high 171 yards on a career-high 32 carries and one touchdown. He has 1,127 yards on the season and has scored nine rushing touchdowns.
  • The 171 yards give Hardesty his fourth 100-yard effort of the season.
  • Hardesty now ranks 11th in school history with 2,173 career yards. His 2009 season is the 14th 1,000-yard rushing season in program history. His 1,127 yards is the 11th-best single-season rushing total in school history.
  • Hardesty posted his 22nd career rushing touchdown on UT's opening possession, carrying five times for 29 yards on the drive. His 22nd rushing score moves him into a tie for ninth in school history.
McCoy's Career Numbers Reaching Rare Air
  • Senior linebacker Rico McCoy posted a game-high 15 tackles. It was his fourth double-digit tackle effort of the season, and he has led the team in tackles six times this season.
  • McCoy's 15 tackles give him 330 for his career. That mark ranks tied for 12th in school history. He is the first UT defensive player to reach 330 tackles since Earnest Fields notched the last of his 407 career stops in 1991.
Noting the Tennessee Offense
  • Junior Denarius Moore scored UT's second touchdown on an 11-yard pass from Jonathan Crompton. Moore finished the game with four receptions for 35 yards. He has a team-high six TD receptions on the season and has caught at least four passes in six of the last eight games.
  • Junior Luke Stocker scored UT's third touchdown on a 16-yard reception from Crompton. He finished the game a career-high five receptions for 47 yards and has scored four touchdown receptions on the year, which is tied for the second most on the team.
  • Nine UT receivers caught passes vs. Vanderbilt, which ties for the most to catch a pass in a game this season. Nine receivers also caught passes vs. Western Kentucky and Memphis.
  • Sophomore Tauren Poole caught his first pass of the season in the first half, a nine-yard grab.
Noting the Tennessee Defense/Special Teams
  • Senior defensive tackle Wes Brown grabbed his second interception of the season and returned it for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. He now is tied for the team lead with two picks on the season. Brown finished the game with three tackles, including a sack for nine yards.
  • Senior defensive tackle Dan Williams finished the game with four tackles, including two total TFL and a sack. Williams has 56 stops on the year and has equaled his 2008 TFL output with 8.5.
  • Freshman linebacker Herman Lathers posted a career high 12 tackles. His previous career high was seven at Ole Miss.
  • Two other Vols set or tied career highs for tackles: Greg King (6) and Stephaun Raines (4).
  • Junior kicker Devin Mathis handled the placekicking duties, converting a 25-yard field goal and going 4-of-4 on PATS in his first career action. The junior from Chattanooga (The Baylor School) was a squad member in 2008 and re-joined the team midway through the 2009 season.
  • Freshman Bryce Brown returned his first career kickoff for 19 yards in the second quarter. Brown is filling in on kick returns due to an injury to safety Dennis Rogan and the dismissal of Nu'Keese Richardson earlier in the week.
  • Chad Cunningham finished the game with his second-best single-game average of the season at 46.0 yards per punt. He punted three times fort 138 yards and a long of 52 yards.
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