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Sept, 14 2013 | 3:30 p.m. ET
Autzen Stadium | Eugene, Ore.
TV: ABC | Radio: Vol Network | Satellite Radio: Sirius Premier Ch. 85, XM Ch. 85
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AT FIRST GLANCE

  • Saturday's game is the second meeting between Tennessee and Oregon. The Ducks won the only previous meeting 48-13 in Knoxville on Sept. 11, 2010.
  • Tennessee is 17-14-4 all-time vs. the current Pac-12 schools. The last win over a Pac-12 team for UT was in the season opener in 2006, when the No. 23 Vols beat No. 9 Cal in Knoxville, 35-18.
  • The Vols will attempt to snap a two-game losing streak on the West Coast, falling at Cal in 2007 (45-31) and at UCLA in 2008 (27-24, OT).
  • The last win on the left coast for the Vols happened on Sept. 6, 1997, when Peyton Manning led Tennessee to a 30-24 win at UCLA.
  • Tennessee is 7-7-1 all-time vs. No. 2-ranked opponents. The last meeting vs. a No. 2 team was a 37-6 loss to Alabama in 2011, and the last victory for UT over the No. 2 team was a 34-32 win at Florida in 2001.
  • The Volunteers have won three of their last five vs. 2nd-ranked teams.

TURNOVER TALES

  • Tennessee is tied for first in the nation with nine turnovers forced in 2013 (Tulane).
  • With seven interceptions, the Vols are also tied with Northwestern for first in the NCAA.
  • The Vols' turnover margin of +7 (+3.5/game) ranks tied for third nationally.
  • UT forced seven turnovers against Western Kentucky (five INTs, two fumbles), the team's most since seven vs. Memphis on Nov. 10, 1984 (five fumbles, two INTs).
  • Against Western Kentucky, the Vols carded five interceptions marking the first time since Nov. 20, 1999 vs. Kentucky that the Vols have achieved that feat.
  • The Vols forced turnovers on a NCAA-record four consecutive plays in the first quarter.
  • Since 2011, Butch Jones-coached teams have forced 70 turnovers, ranking Jones tied for first nationally among head coaches from BCS conferences during that time. Overall, Jones ranks tied for third in all of FBS during that span (Darrell Hazell 73, Mike McIntyre 71).

OUTSIDE THE LEAGUE

  • Tennessee has won 12 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.
  • The last regular season loss to a non-SEC team was vs. Oregon on Sept. 11, 2010.
  • The 18-game streak began with a season-opening win over Texas Tech in 1997 and continued through the win over Rutgers in 2002. The streak ended vs. Miami (Fla.) on Nov. 2, 2002.

OFFENSIVE OUTPUT

  • The Vols have scored 97 points (45 vs. Austin Peay, 52 vs. WKU), tying the 1996 squad, led by Peyton Manning for the most points by a UT team through two games since 1915 (122 through two games).
  • Through two games. UT has outscored last year's high-scoring offense, which has five of those players currently on NFL rosters, 97-86.
  • The Vols scored 24 points in the first quarter vs. Western Kentucky, the most for UT in a single quarter since scoring 27 at Memphis in 2010 and the most in the first quarter since scoring 35 vs. Arkansas in 2000.
  • UT 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.
  • The Vols lead the SEC in red zone defense (50.0%), turnover margin (+3.5), fewest penalties (8.5), and in opponent penalties (77.5). UT ranks tied for first in scoring defense (10.0, 15th nationally).
  • Tennessee ranks second in the SEC in scoring offense (48.5, 13th nationally) and pass defense efficiency, and is also tied for second in sacks against (1.00).

DISCIPLINED FOOTBALL

  • Tennessee has committed only two penalties this season, tied for the fewest in the nation with Arizona State. The Vols rank second in the nation (also behind ASU) with 8.5 penalty yards per game.
  • Tennessee improved its streak of penalty-free football to nearly six quarters in 2013 before getting charged with a personal foul by 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 remaining in the fourth period vs. Kentucky in 2012.
  • UT opened the Butch Jones era by not committing a single penalty vs. Austin Peay.
  • The Vols have only recorded three no-penalty games in the history of the program: 1990 vs. Miss State, 2007 vs. LSU (SEC Championship game), 2013 vs. Austin Peay.

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