Nov. 23, 2013
TENNESSEE TIDBITS Tennessee's all-time record is 803-361-53
Tennessee is 11-2 on this date.
Tennessee is 27-2 on Senior Day since 1985
UT is 10-7 in its last 17 games at Neyland Stadium since Nov. 5, 2011.
Tonight's kickoff temperature of 42 degrees is the coldest kickoff temperature at Neyland Stadium since it was 42 degrees when UT hosted Kentucky on Nov. 29, 2008.
The Big Orange still leads the all-time series with Vanderbilt, 73-29-5, including a 37-11-1 advantage in Knoxville.
Butch Jones is 4-7 at Tennessee and owns a career record of 54-34.
Vandy won the coin toss and elected to receive. Tennessee kicked off to open the game for the ninth time this season. UT is 2-3 when winning the coin flip and 2-4 when losing the toss.
Today's attendance is 97,223, moving the season average to 95,584
TENNESSEE CAPTAINS #41 Dontavis Sapp (Valdosta, Ga.), #58 Marlon Walls (Olive Branch, Miss.), #70 Ja'Wuan James (Suwanee, Ga.), #72 Zach Fulton (Homewood, Ill.)
AIR ATTACK GROUNDED Tennessee managed just 53 passing yards, a season low.
UT previously defeated Vandy three times with under 25 yards passing. UT had nine passing yards in a 14-0 win on Nov. 30, 1963, 21 yards in a 20-10 win on Nov. 11, 2008, and 24 yards in a 51-13 win on Nov. 29, 1980.
2ND HALF OF SEASON Coming off of an open date, Tennessee is 78-38-9 (.660) all time.
Butch Jones is 8-2 as a head coach after an open week
STARTS OF NOTE Ja'Wuan James made his 48th career start, tying Jeff Smith (1992-95) for the Tennessee record for most starts by an offensive lineman. He has started every game at right tackle since the season opener of his freshman year in 2010. James is also tied with Will Ofenheusele (99-02), Smith and Scott Wells (00-03) for most career games played by an offensive lineman (48).
Marlon Walls made his sixth career start and first start of the season.
JaRon Toney made his sixth start in year in the nickel.
Justin Coleman made his 20th consecutive start.
A.J. Johnson made his 30th consecutive start.
Joe Stocstill made his first career start at fullback.
Antonio Richardson made his 23rd consecutive start.
James Stone made his 23rd consecutive start.
VFL LEGEND OF THE GAME Today's Vol For Life Legend of the Game is three-time All-SEC running back Curt Watson.
Watson left Tennessee in 1971 as the school's all-time leading rusher with 2,364 yards -- a mark that stood until 1984. He is now sixth on the all-time list. The Crossville native also set the school record for rushing yards in a game with 197 against Georgia in 1969. That record stood until 1975.
Watson scored 23 TDs in his career with the Vols as UT captured the 1969 SEC Championship. In his three seasons, the Vols were a combined 30-5 with wins in the 1971 Sugar Bowl and 1971 Liberty Bowl. UT was ranked in the Top 15 in each of his three seasons.
SEASON ATTENDANCE Today's attendance is 97,223, moving the season average to 95,584
Including today's games, Tennessee ranks fifth in the nation in total attendance at 669,087 and sixth in attendance average at 95,584 per game.
2013 Season Attendance Rankings By Average (Including Today's Games)
Team Average Home Games Total
1. Michigan 111,272 6 667,633
2. Ohio State 104,933 7 734,528
3. Alabama 101,505 7 710,538
4. Texas 98,638 5 493,189
5. Penn State 96,587 7 676,112
6. Tennessee 95,584 7 669,087
2013 Season Attendance Rankings By Total
Team 2013 Total Home Games
1. Ohio State 734,528 7
2. Alabama 710,538 7
3. Texas A&M 697,003 8
4. Penn State 676,112 7
5. Tennessee 669,087 7
6. Michigan 667,633 6
7. Nebraska 636,206 7
SMOKEY GRAY SENIOR DAY The Vols wore their Smokey Gray uniforms on Senior Day after a vote by the team's seniors.
Today's game marks the second time the Vols have donned their new adidas Smokey Gray uniforms. They were first unveiled on Aug. 15 at UT's media day and the team wore the Smokey Grays in a thrilling 34-31 overtime loss to No. 6 Georgia on Oct. 5.
27 players will participate in Senior Day festivities: Joseph Ayres, Austin Bolen, Brent Brewer, Alex Bullard, J.R. Carr, Tyler Coombes, Raiques Crump, Tyler Drummer, Zach Fulton, Daniel Hood, Ja'Wuan James, Reggie Juin, Greg King, Daniel McCullers, Corey Miller, Byron Moore, Rajion Neal, Tyler Page, Michael Palardy, Brett Parisi, John Propst, Dontavis Sapp, Jacques Smith, James Stone, Dakota Summers, Marlon Walls, and Dylan West.
Tennessee is 27-2 on Senior Day since 1985
This marks just the fourth time since the 1930s that a UT team has worn anything other than orange at home. The other occasion came in the 2004 season opener vs. UNLV, when the Vols wore throwback white jerseys in a 42-17 conquest of the Runnin' Rebels.
4 FORCED TURNOVERS With 7:26 left the third quarter, Devaun Swafford forced fumble by Vandy's Patton Robinette that was recovered by Jacques Smith at the UT 16. It marked UT's sixth forced redzone turnover -- the most in the SEC.
Sapp's fumble recovery with 7:20 left in the second quarter gave Tennessee its fourth game with three or more forced turnovers this season.
Previous three-turnover games: WKU (7 - 5 INT, 2 FR); Florida (3 - 1 INT, 2 FR); South Alabama (3 - 3 INT); Vanderbilt (3 - 1 INT, 2 FR).
The four turnovers are the most by Vanderbilt this season. The Commodores' previous high was three (all interceptions) vs. Texas A&M.
Entering today, Vandy had lost only two fumbles all year.
Tennessee now has 24 forced turnovers on the year (14 INT, 10 FR), its most since totaling 28 turnovers in 2010 (18 INT, 10 FR).
RAJION RACKS IT UP With a five-yard run early in the fourth quarter, Rajion Neal became the 14th Vol to surpass 2,000 career yards. He finished the game with 95 rushing yards to push his career total to 2,029 yards.
He also passed Stanley Morgan (1,952 yards from 1973-76) for 14th place on the rushing list.
UT Career Rushing Yards
Player Years Yards
1. Travis Henry 1997-2000 3,078
10. Reggie Cobb 1987-89 2,360
11. Travis Stephens 1997-01 2,336
12. Charlie Garner 1992-93 2,091
13. Aaron Hayden 1991-94 2,061
14. Rajion Neal 2010-13 2,029
15. Stanley Morgan 1973-76 1,952
16. Gerald Riggs, Jr. 2002-05 1,893
With 95 rushing yards, Neal also pushed his season total to 990. Next week, he will try to become the 17th Vol to reach 1,000 rushing yards in a season and the first since Tauren Poole (1,034 in 2010).
RANDOLPH'S BIG PICK Brian Randolph had a 41-yard interception return in the first quarter. It was his fourth interception of the year, the team's 14th, and the first for Randolph that did not occur in the opponent's endzone.
The 41-yard pick return was UT's second longest of the year. The longest was a 62-yard pick six by Devaun Swafford against Florida.
BLOCKED FG Vanderbilt blocked a Tennessee field goal attempt late in the first quarter. It was the first UT field goal attempt blocked since Kentucky's Alvin Dupree blocked one on Nov. 26, 2011.
FAKE FG Early in the fourth quarter, Tennessee attempted a fake field goal and Palardy's pass was intercepted by VU's Paris Head. It was UT's first fake FG attempt since Nov. 10, 2012, against Missouri when Tyler Drummer ran in a TD in double overtime.
BIG DAY FOR A.J. At the end of the first quarter, A.J. Johnson recovered a fumble by Vanderbilt running back Brian Kimbrow. It was Johnson's fourth fumble recovery in his career.
The fumble was also UT's eighth fumble recovery of the year.
Johnson recorded 11 tackles in the first half and finished with a season-high 13 for the game. He has recorded double-digit tackles four times this season. He has tallied seven stops in 10 straight games.
BE KIND, REWIND With 7:20 left in the second quarter Vandy WR Jordan Matthews fumbled inside the UT five-yard line. The fumble caused by Brian Randolph and recovered by Dontavis Sapp. The ruling on the field was initially that there was no fumble. Tennessee won the review.
Tennessee lost on a second-half review on a Pig Howard sideline catch that was ruled that he did not have control going out of bounds.
With under a minute left in the fourth, Carta-Samuels had a one-yard run on fourth-and-1 that was ruled initially not enough for a first down. Upon review, Carta-Samuels picked up the first down. On the season, UT has had nine reviews go in its favor and seven go against the Vols.
YOUNG MOVES UP KR YARDS LIST With 45 kick return yards, Devrin Young moved to fourth place on UT's career kickoff-return yardage list, moving past David Oku (1,175 from 2009-10).
UT Career Kickoff Return Yards Player Years Return Yards
1. Willie Gault 1979-82 1,854
2. Leonard Scott 1999-02 1,788
3. Corey Larkins 2001-04 1,307
4. Devrin Young 2011-Pres. 1,196
5. David Oku 2009-10 1,175
6. Dennis Rogan 2007-09 1,133
ODDS & ENDS Vanderbilt's Jordan Matthews recorded four first-half catches, giving him 237 for his career and making him the SEC's all-time leader in receptions.
Michael Palardy's had 37-yard punt to the Vandy's 8 with 4:30 left in the third. With 4:16 left in the fourth quarter, he had a 41-yard punt fair caught at the VU 7. He now has 28 punts inside the 20 this season and 14 punts inside the 10.
Marquez North left the game in the first quarter with an injury. North had one catch for two yards. He enters next week's game on the cusp of 500 receiving yards (496).
Rajion Neal enters next week's game just 10 yards shy of 1,000 yards rushing.