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UT Halftime Notes: UT 31, WKU 17



Sep 7, 2013


BUTCH HALFTIME QUOTE

"We just have to play our game. We haven't made plays in critical situations. We dropped a touchdown pass and that can't happen. We give up a blocked punt, which is inexcusable. We get stopped on third and short. That can't happen. We just have to come out and play our game."

TENNESSEE TIDBITS

• Tennessee is 1-1 in coin tosses this season after losing today's flip.

TENNESSEE CAPTAINS

• #41 Dontavis Sapp, #45 A.J. Johnson, #70 Ja'Waun James, #97 Daniel Hood.

VFL LEGEND OF THE GAME

• Today's Vol For Life Legend of the Game is Terence Cleveland, who wore No. 4 and played wide receiver at Tennessee from 1986-89.
• A native of Sweetwater, Tenn., Cleveland was a four-year letterwinner, posting 63 catches in his career for more than 1,000 yards and eight touchdowns.
• Cleveland helped the Vols win the 1989 SEC Championship and earn a victory in the Cotton Bowl, as UT finished ranked fifth in the nation that season.

PICK-SIXES ARE WILD

• Junior Justin Coleman picked off WKU's Brandon Doughty with 4:24 remaining in the first quarter and returned it 23 yards for a touchdown to put the Vols on top, 7-3.
• Not only was it Coleman's first pick-six, it was his first career interception.
• The last true freshman to record a pick-six was Eric Berry vs. Florida on Sept. 15, 2007.
• The last time a Vol returned an INT for a touchdown was on Sept. 29, 2012, when Byron Moore returned one 35 yards to paydirt.
• On the very next series, true freshman Cameron Sutton got into the act, taking an errant Doughty toss back 36 yards for a Tennessee touchdown with 3:27 to go in the first stanza.
• Those were the first TD and INT of Sutton's young career.
• The last time Tennessee had two pick-sixes in one game came in 2010 vs. Ole Miss, when Eric Gordon took one back 46 yards and Prentiss Waggner returned another 10 yards.

UT "D" FORCING TURNOVERS

• In the last 4:24 of the first quarter, Tennessee's defense forced five Western Kentucky turnovers in a span of six plays over five consecutive series.
• The NCAA record for consecutive turnovers is seven straight series, set when Florida forced those miscues (4 fumbles/3 interceptions) vs. Florida State on Oct. 7, 1972.
• After Justin Coleman downed Michael Palardy's kickoff at the one, he promptly returned the first pass attempt by WKU 23 yards for a score.
• On the second play of the next drive, Cameron Sutton added a 36-yard INT return for a TD.
Dontavis Sapp forced and recovered a fumble on the next series.
Max Arnold recovered a Brent Brewer-forced fumble on the first play of the next series and picked up 23 yards before being brought down.
• Brewer added a diving interception, the first of his career, on the next series to add the final takeaway of a busy opening stanza for the Vol defense.
Brian Randolph added Tennessee's fourth interception of the day (first of his career) and the sixth WKU turnover, picking off a second-quarter WKU pass and returning it 18 yards.
• The last time the Vols had six turnovers forced was on Nov. 27, 1999, vs. Kentucky.
• The last time the Vols had four interceptions was Aug. 31, 2012, vs. N.C. State in Atlanta.

SPOT THEM THREE, THEN POUR ON THE STEAM

• The 24 first-quarter points scored by Tennessee (over a span of 3:53) were the most in a quarter since the Vols produced 27 vs. Memphis in 2010.
• That total was the highest in the first quarter since UT scored 35 at Arkansas in 2000.

PLAYING PENALTY-FREE BALL

• Tennessee improved its streak of penalty-free football to five quarters in 2013 before getting charged with a personal foul (Corey Miller) with 34 seconds remaining in the first half vs. Western Kentucky.
• The Vols went 94 minutes, 56 seconds without a penalty during that spree, dating back to 5:30 in the fourth period vs. Kentucky.

PALARDY HANDLING ALL OF THE CHORES

• For the second game in a row, Michael Palardy's first kickoff resulted in a touchback for the opposing team. He added another in the second quarter.
Michael Palardy drilled a 49-yard first-quarter punt that UT downed at the WKU one. It marked his eighth career punt inside the 10 and 20th inside the 20. • Palardy boomed a 54-yard second-quarter punt.
• Palardy has two touchbacks this season.
• Palardy is four-of-four on PAT attempts vs. WKU and improved to 10-10 on the season and 85-90 for his career.
• Palardy connected from 23 yards out on a first-quarter field goal to improve to 2-2 on the season and 25-35 for his career.
• WKU blocked a Palardy punt with 34 second remaining in the first half, the first blocked punt since the 2012 game at Georgia.

DEFENSE SURRENDERS FIRST POINTS OF JONES ERA

• When WKU's Garrett Schwettman knocked home a 37-yard field goal with 7:55 remaining in the first quarter, it marked the first points of the 2013 season surrendered by Tennessee.
• The Vols' 67:05 stint of keeping the opposition off the board is the longest to start a season since 2010, when opponents were scoreless for the first 73:35 of that campaign.
• That span in 2010 included a shutout vs. UT Martin and keeping Oregon off the scoreboard for 13:35.
• Tennessee didn't allow its first touchdown of 2013 until 6:47 remained in the second quarter, as Leon Allen burrowed in from one yard out.

UPON FURTHER REVIEW

• A juggling first-quarter catch by Marquez North was reviewed. The officials confirmed the rookie receiver made the catch.
 

 

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