Bray Suffers Fractured Thumb
Vols At Alabama Set For 7:15 Kickoff
Palardy & Rivera Earn CFPA Honors
Rally On Rocky Top A Big Success
Vol Network Announcer George Mooney Dies
- The Vols lost at Baton Rouge a year ago, 16-14, and the teams are playing in Knoxville for the first time since 2006.
- Tennessee owns a 20-8-3 edge in the all-time series but has lost three consecutive since 2006, all of which have been decided by seven points or fewer.
- UT is 11-2-1 vs. LSU in Knoxville, and this year's meeting is only the fourth in Knoxville since 1993. Tennessee and LSU met in the 2007 SEC Championship Game in Atlanta, a game won by the Tigers 21-14.
- LSU is No. 1 in the nation in the AP poll. Tennessee is 2-8 all-time when playing the top-ranked team, including 1-0 vs. a top-ranked LSU team.
Tennessee Vs. #1 LSU
- The Tennessee Vols continue their 115th season with their 32nd all-time meeting against the No. 1-ranked LSU Tigers. Kickoff is slated for 3:39 p.m. on CBS. UT is 792-342-53 (.690) all-time.
- The last time UT played a No. 1 team came in a narrow, 12-10 loss to #1 Alabama (10/24/09). One of Tennessee's two wins against a No. 1-ranked team came against LSU, as the Vols pulled off a 14-13 upset of No. 1 LSU on Nov. 7, 1959 in Knoxville. That game was the first in UT history vs. a No. 1 team and only time the teams have played when the Tigers were No. 1. The Vols' other win over a No. 1-ranked team came vs. Auburn, a 38-20 win on Sept. 28, 1985.
- A win over LSU would give the Vols consecutive wins over SEC West opponents for the first time since 2005 (at LSU, Ole Miss). The Vols won their last game vs. an SEC West team, 52-14 over Ole Miss, on Nov. 13, 2010. Tennessee is 5-11 in its last 16 games vs. SEC West opponents since 2006.
- Tennessee is 48-24 (.667) in October since 1990, including a 25-14 (.641) record at home. The Vols will attempt to reverse a recent trend in which they have lost eight of their last 11 during the month since Oct. 25, 2008 and five of the last six.
A Tennessee Win Would...
- Improve the Vols to 4-2 for the first time since 2007. A win would also improve UT to 1-2 in the SEC.
- End a three-game losing streak for Tennessee against LSU and improve UT to 21-8-3 all-time vs. the Tigers. A win would also be the sixth in the last seven home games for the Vols.
- Represent consecutive wins for Tennessee over SEC West opponents for the first time since 2005 (at LSU, Ole Miss).
- Give the Vols their first win over a No. 1-ranked team since Sept. 28, 1985 (UT 38, #1 Auburn 20).
- Mark the eighth win for Tennessee in its last 10 regular-season games and the fourth SEC win for the Vols in their last six conference games dating to the Ole Miss game on Nov. 13, 2010.
- UT's Last Win Over Ranked Team: W, 31-13 vs. No. 21 South Carolina (Oct. 31, 2009)
- UTs' Last Win Over Top-Five Team/Ranked LSU Team: W, 30-27 at No. 4 LSU (Sept. 26, 2005)
- UT's Last Win Over Top-10 Team: W, 51-33 at No. 10 Georgia (Oct. 7, 2006)
Last Game: Georgia 20, Tennessee 12
- Tennessee fell to 3-2 with a 20-12 loss to Georgia at Neyland Stadium on Oct. 8. The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for home teams in the series. UT and UGA have now split their last six meetings.
- QB Tyler Bray was 18-of-33 for 251 yards, and his school-record streak of 10 games with multiple TD passes ended. Bray left the game in the fourth quarter after suffering a fractured right thumb and his estimated recovery time is six weeks.
- A pair of true freshmen turned in solid performances for the Vols, as TB Marlin Lane caught six passes for 84 yards and Devrin Young led the team with 127 all-purpose yards (108 kick return, 19 punt return).
- Young's 50-yard kickoff return was the longest for the Vols since Da'Rick Rogers' 78-yard return vs. Kentucky in the final regular-season game of 2010. His total of 114 kickoff return yards in the game were also the most by a Vol since D. Rogers had 114 in that same contest against Kentucky.
- DB Prentiss Waggner and LB Austin Johnson each led UT with a career-high 11 tackles.
- TE Mychal Rivera recorded his third five-catch game of the year, for a career-best 85 yards receiving. It marked the most receiving yards by a tight end since Jason Witten had 125 yards on six receptions in the Citrus Bowl vs. Michigan (1/1/02).