Aug 31, 2013
TENNESSEE TIDBITS Tennessee is 1-0 in coin tosses this season after winning today's flip and deferring.
Tonight's attendance is 97,169.
TENNESSEE CAPTAINS #14 Justin Worley, #41 Dontavis Sapp, #45 A.J. Johnson, #72 Zach Fulton.
VFL LEGEND OF THE GAME This evening's Vol For Life Legend of the Game was Chuck Webb, who wore No. 44 and played running back at Tennessee from 1989-90.
Webb, from Toledo, Ohio, owns the top two rushing days in UT history, rushing for a school-best 294 yards vs. Ole Miss in 1989 and running for 250 yards in the Vols' 1990 Cotton Bowl victory over Arkansas.
FOR STARTERS True freshmen getting their first career starts were Marquez North (WR) and Cameron Sutton (DB).
Redshirt freshman Jason Croom (WR) made his first start.
Also making his first start was Pig Howard (WR).
SCORING PARADE Tennessee scored 42 points in the first half vs. Austin Peay, which is the most points in a first half since the Vols led Memphis, 42-7, on Nov. 7, 2009.
RAJION RACKS IT UP Rajion Neal became Tennessee's first 100-yard rusher of 2013, moving past the century mark in the first quarter with 104 on eight carries.
Neal finished the first half with 141 yards on 16 carries with one TD.
Neal's rushing total ties for sixth best in a first half and 11th best in either half by a Vol.
Neal's 47-yard yard TD run with 12:43 on the clock in the first quarter was Tennessee's first score of the 2013 season.
The 47-yard rush was the longest of Neal's career, besting the 40-yard jaunt vs. UT Martin in 2010.
The rushing touchdown was the eighth of Neal's career, and he now has 13 total for his career, including receiving TDs.
IN THE FAST LANE Marlin Lane scored Tennessee's second TD of the game, rushing 14 yards to paydirt in the first quarter for his fifth career score.
Lane added another TD in the second stanza, carrying it in from four yards out to put UT on top after the PAT, 35-0.
It marked the third multi-TD game of his career.
Lane ran for the only other TD in his career vs. Montana in the 2011 opener.
WORLEY IN COMMAND In his fourth career start, his first since 2011, Justin Worley led the offense to touchdowns on its first six possessions.
Worley finished the first half 11 of 13 for 104 yards with three TDs.
Worley threw his second career TD pass, connecting with Devrin Young for a nine-yard scoring strike in the first quarter.
Worley connected with Pig Howard at the opening of the second frame, hooking up for an 11-yard TD reception.
Worley also threw three yards to Brendan Downs for a second-quarter TD. Downs' second career TD.
The only prior TD pass during his UT career came against Middle Tennessee in 2011.
PALARDY HANDLING ALL OF THE CHORES Michael Palardy was 6-6 on PATs.
Palardy's opening kickoff sailed through the end zone for a touchback. Tennessee did not punt in the first half.
FIRST TD FOR DEVRIN Devrin Young scored his first career TD for the Vols, hauling in a nine-yard toss from Justin Worley in the first stanza.
PIG FINDS THE END ZONE Pig Howard recorded his second career TD, reeling in an 11-yard toss from Justin Worley to open the second quarter.
Howard also scored on a 16-yard pass vs. Missouri in 2012.
NOT IN MY `HOOD Noseguard Daniel Hood recorded his first career interception, returning it five yards and setting the Vols up for their second touchdown of the game in the second quarter.
STINGY "D" Tennessee allowed Austin Peay past the 50 only once during the first half.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Celebrating his birthday on Saturday, Jacob Carter caught a pass in the first half, a 14-yarder from Worley.
JONES HALFTIME QUOTE"I'm still not pleased with our special teams. I think we still have to improve in that area."
"Obviously there is much improvement across, but it's consistency and performance right now that we're hunting. This second half is critical for the continued evolution of this football team."
(On second half focus)
"Playing winning football. Playing a clean game. No missed tackles. No missed assignments. Just winning football that we talk about each and everyday."