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Vols Staying Positive Ahead of Key Matchup with Georgia
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Oct. 5, 2009

Tennessee's Monday practice inside the Neyland-Thompson Sports Center once again was brief, and afterward Vols head coach Lane Kiffin talked about the few bright spots from the weekend loss to Auburn.

"There are some positives in there," he said. "We held their offense to the fewest points they have scored all year. The first five series of the game, they only had two field goals. On offense, we gave up zero sacks and had four scoring drives of 62 yards or more. So there's some stuff to build on.

"Obviously, there are a lot of things we need to fix. We need to continue improving and continue working on our depth."

The Vols (2-3, 0-2 SEC) host Georgia (3-2, 2-1 SEC) Saturday in a pivotal game at Neyland Stadium. Kickoff is set for 12:21 p.m. Eastern time, with the Vol Network and SEC Network providing the coverage.

Both teams are looking to snap mild losing streaks, making this Saturday's tilt one that could have plenty of postseason implications. The Bulldogs lost to LSU two days ago and still face games against Florida, Auburn and Georgia Tech. UT needs a win heading into its bye week before looking ahead to games against Alabama, South Carolina and Mississippi.

-- Tennessee on Saturday converted all three of its fourth-down conversions, lifting the Vols to 6-of-10 for the season in do-or-die situations. The last time UT converted as many as three fourth down tries was 1999, when the Vols went 3-for-4 against Vanderbilt in a 38-10 victory. UT this season is tied for 10th nationally in fourth-down conversions made and trails only Mississippi State's eight inside the SEC.

-- The Vols continue to be a disciplined football team. Tennessee leads the SEC and is third nationally in fewest yards penalized per game at 28.8.

LIMITED NUMBER OF TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR SATURDAY -- The UT Athletics Department ticket office announced Monday that student returns are being made available to the general public and can be purchased via the UTtix.com Web site. Fans also can visit the Thompson-Boling Arena ticket office, or call (865) 656-1200 or (800) 332-VOLS.

 

 

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