Sept. 30, 2012
By Brian Rice
Each week, UTSports.com takes a look at the numbers from the weekend past and the weekend ahead in Four Downs. This week, we showcase a lot of points, touchdowns from an unexpected source and more than a few consecutive game streaks.
First Down: 44 - Points scored by Tennessee
Points, points, everywhere points. Though the 44 points weren't enough to take home the win in Athens, the number of points scored in the game was an impressive number for both sides. Here are a few numbers inside that number:
Tennessee lost a game for the first time when scoring 40 points or more in a game. The Vols had won 177 consecutive games when scoring more than 40 points.
This marked the fifth time in UT history the Vols have score 40+ points against UGA. Four of those games, a 46-0 win in 1936, a 41-23 victory in 1994, a 51-33 triumph in 2006 and Saturday's game all took place in Athens. The only time Tennessee has broken 40 points against Georgia in Knoxville was the 45-19 win in 2009.
The 51 points scored by Georgia were the most given up by a UT defense against the Bulldogs. The previous high was 44 in a shutout win for Vince Dooley's charges in Athens in 1981.
The teams combined for 95 points, the eighth-highest point total in SEC history, the sixth-most points in a game between SEC foes.
Second Down: 20 - Consecutive points scored by Tennessee over 4:11 of the second quarter
The scoring explosion turned a 27-10 deficit to a 30-27 Volunteer advantage and showcased the quick-strike ability of the UT offense combined with the defense forcing turnovers on back-to-back Bulldog drives.
The run started with A.J. Johnson's 1-yard touchdown run at the 4:53 mark. Moments later, Johnson would stop Georgia RB Todd Gurley for a 1-yard loss on first down, then Johnson picked up an Aaron Murray fumble forced by Herman Lathers on second down at the UGA 8-yard line.
Three plays later, Tyler Bray hit Zack Rodgers for a 4-yard TD with 2:55 left. Georgia would pick up a first down on the ensuing drive, but would get no farther as Curt Maggitt forced a Keith Marshall fumble that led to another Bray TD pass, this one covering 10 yards to Rajion Neal with 0:42 left in the half.
Third Down: Quick Hits
3 - Consecutive games with a touchdown run for Johnson. The sophomore has only carried the ball five times on the year out of the "Beast" package, but three of the runs have gone for Volunteer scores.
85 - Offensive plays run by Tennessee. This was the second-straight game with more than 80 plays for UT after running 89 last week against Akron. 85 marked the highest play total in an SEC game for Tennessee since a 2005 overtime victory at LSU, when UT also ran 85.
104 - Rushing yards for Neal, the second-consecutive 100+-yard game for the junior. Neal was also Tennessee's second-leading receiver with five catches for 53 yards and a touchdown.
9 - Interceptions for Tennessee on the season, equaling the total for all of 2011. Tennessee has intercepted a pass in four of five games this season, with Florida being the only opponent to have an interception-free game.
2 - Consecutive games with an interception for Byron Moore, after his INT return for a touchdown to give UT its first points of the afternoon. Moore had a pair of picks against Akron.
197 - Rushing yards for UT. The Vols have rushed for more than 180 yards in four of five games this season and average 177.4 yards per game on the ground. Tennessee averaged 90.1 ypg in 2011.
62 - Yards covered on a third-quarter pass from Bray to Mychal Rivera, a career-long reception for the senior, besting his previous long of 26, set against Ole Miss in 2010.
46 - Receiving yards for Justin Hunter, the first time this season the junior has been held under 70 yards.
2 - Passing touchdowns for Bray, his fifth-straight multi-touchdown game, 16th in his last 18.
Fourth Down: A Look Ahead6 - Consecutive victories over Mississippi State, the longest active streak for UT over an SEC opponent. The last MSU win was in 1994, 24-21, in Starkville. Over the six wins, the Vols have outscored the Bulldogs 237-90.
24.3 - Average margin of victory over the six-game winning streak. Three of the wins have been by 30+ points, 38-point wins in 1995 and 2003, and a 31-point victory in 2008.
28 - Total wins against the Bulldogs in series history. Tennessee is 28-15-1 against Mississippi State, 13-7 in Knoxville. UT is 22-11-1 in games played in the state of Tennessee, including 13 contests played in Memphis.