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September 7, 2013 | 12:21 p.m. ET
Neyland Stadium | Knoxville, TN
TV: SEC TV | Radio: Vol Network | Satellite Radio: Sirius Ch. 158, XM Ch. 201
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AT FIRST GLANCE: THE WESTERN KENTUCKY GAME

  • Saturday's game is the second meeting between Tennessee and Western Kentucky. The Vols won the only previous meeting, a season-opening 63-7 on Sept. 5, 2009.
  • Western Kentucky is one of two Sun Belt teams the Vols will face in 2013, as South Alabama also visits Knoxville on Sept. 28.
  • Tennessee is 7-0 all-time vs. the current Sun Belt schools, including two wins last season (51-13 over Georgia State, 55-48 over Troy).
  • Tennessee has won 11 consecutive regular-season games vs. non-conference opponents, the longest such streak for the Vols since they won 18 consecutive regular-season games out of conference from 1997-2002.
  • Tennessee has won 13 in a row vs. opponents from non-BCS conferences since the 2009 season opener vs. WKU.
  • The Vols have also won nine consecutive home games vs. non-conference foes since UAB in 2010.

THE 800 CLUB

  • The Vols opened the 2013 season with a 45-0 win over Austin Peay, the 800th win in UT history, and the first win for head coach Butch Jones as the leader of the Vols. Jones is the fifth consecutive UT coach to win his first game as the leader of the program, and Vol coaches are now 20-4 all-time in debuts.
  • Tennessee became the eighth college football program to reach the 800-win plateau, and only the second in the SEC (Alabama).
  • UT won its 18th consecutive season opener at home.
  • Tennessee scored on seven consecutive drives (first 7 of the game) for the first time since 2010 vs. Memphis.
  • The Vols were not called for a penalty for the first time since the 2007 SEC Championship Game vs. LSU.

TURNSTILE TICKER

  • Tennessee drew an opening-game crowd of 97,169 to Neyland Stadium vs. Austin Peay, which was the fourth-largest crowd in the nation on Saturday (Michigan, Ohio State, Texas). More than 10,000 UT students attended.
  • 97,169 marks the largest UT home crowd vs. a non-conference opponent since 2010, when 102,035 attended the Oregon game.

SEE YOU IN SEPTEMBER

  • The Vols are 57-24-1 (.701) in September over the last 23 seasons since 1990 but are 11-12 (.478) during the month over the last six seasons since 2007.
  • All time the Vols are 133-64-9 (.667) in September.
  • The Vols have won eight consecutive games vs. unranked opponents during the month since a 34-23 win over Ohio in 2009.
  • Tennessee has won its first two games in each of the last two seasons but has not started 3-0 since 2004.

OFFENSIVE OUTPUT/STINGY D

  • The Vols scored 42 points in the first half vs. Austin Peay, the most in a half since scoring the same number in the first half of a 42-7 win over Memphis in 2009.
  • Tennessee rushed for 315 yards a team, its highest total in 36 games. The Vols rushed for 332 yards in the season-opening win over UT Martin in 2010.
  • The 45-0 win marked the first shutout for UT since a 27-0 win over Middle Tennessee on Nov. 5, 2011.
  • The Vols were one of seven FBS teams to post a shutout in the first week of the season (Arizona, Duke, Georgia Tech, Wisconsin, San Jose St., Oklahoma).

LEAGUE LEADERS

  • The Vols lead the nation in kickoff return average (58.0) and also rank atop the SEC in scoring defense (0.0), sacks against (T1-1.0), fewest penalties (0), and red zone defense (0.0%).
  • Tennessee ranks 2nd in the SEC in the following categories: rushing offense (315.0), rushing defense (79.0), total defense (211.0), pass defense (132.0), punting (47.0), opponent 1st downs (11.0), first downs (30.0), and opponent 3rd down conversion (16.7%).

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