Sept. 17, 2012
By Brian Rice UTSports.com
Each week, UTSports.com takes a look at the numbers from the weekend past and the weekend ahead in Four Downs. This week, a legend, a big play and a whole lot of tweets.
First Down: 45 - Johnny Majors and A.J. JohnsonSaturday morning, the Tennessee Athletics Board voted to retire the number of Vol legend Johnny Majors prior to the game against Florida. The number became the eighth at Tennessee to be so honored, but the number 45 will remain in circulation this season and beyond.
The current Vol to wear the number, A.J. Johnson, turned in a performance to match the prestige behind it. Johnson led the Vols with 11 tackles, one for a loss. He also made his first appearance as quarterback in Tennessee's wildcat package, picking up a key first down on a 4-yard run to keep a drive alive and scoring a 1-yard touchdown to cap the drive.
Majors, who fans in more recent generations remember as head coach from 1977-92, was a Heisman Trophy runner-up who ran for 1,622 yards and 15 touchdowns in his three-year Tennessee career from 1954-56.
Second Down: Quick Hits
42 - Yards covered on a first-quarter pass from Tyler Bray to Justin Hunter. The throw and catch marked the sixth play this season that has gone for 40 or more yards for Tennessee. It was the first time Hunter had been involved in one of those plays.
102,455 - Attendance. The number marked UT's first sellout since last season's contest against Georgia.
16 - Plays in a second-quarter drive that was the longest of the season. The drive covered 76 yards and took 6:20 to complete, capped by a 6-yard touchdown catch by Mychal Rivera that put Tennessee ahead, 14-7. The drive also marked the longest led by Tyler Bray in his Tennessee career.
41 - Yards covered by Tyler Bray's first-career punt, a called pooch punt in the first quarter.
65 - Passing attempts by Bray this season before throwing his first interception.
75 - Receiving yards for Cordarrelle Patterson. "CP" has had more than 70 yards receiving in each of his three games as a Volunteer.
Third Down: #Vols Social Media Quick Hits266 - Tweets on game day from @Vol_Football.
8979 - Retweets by fans and media of tweets sent out from @Vol_Football.
1740 - Tweets from @Vol_Football favorited by fans.
297 - Total tweets sent out by @Vol_Football, @Vol_Photos and @Vol_Sports
9,670 - Retweets by fans and media of tweets sent out from the three accounts
2,017 - Total tweets favorite by fans from all three accounts.
7,909 - Times the #BeatFlorida hashtag was used by fans on Twitter on game day.
Fourth Down: A Look Ahead
1-0 - The Vols are 1-0 all-time vs. Akron, winning 52-9 in 1989.
2-0 - The Vols are 2-0 all-time against Akron coach Terry Bowden, with both wins coming when he served as head coach at Auburn.
4-0 - All-time record for Tennessee against current members of the Mid-American Conference, including a 1-0 mark against Akron, Saturday's opponent.
8 - Consecutive victories over non-conference opponents, dating back to the 2010 loss to Oregon.