Tennessee Halftime Notes: UT 17, USC 7

Oct. 19, 2013


• Tennessee is 4-3 in coin tosses this season after losing today's flip.
• South Carolina deferred, and Tennessee received the opening kickoff for the first time this season.


• The Tennessee captains were #1 Michael Palardy, #2 Pig Howard, #14 Justin Worley, #80 Corey Miller. Worley and Miller are South Carolina natives, from Rock Hill and Wellford respectively.


• Today's Vol For Life (#VFL) Legends of the Game are the more than 200 former players who returned to Rocky Top for this contest.
• They took part in the Vol Walk, the pregame reading of General Neyland's Maxims and ran through the "T" prior to kickoff.
• With the Vol Walk starting in 1990 and the tradition of running through the "T" starting in 1965, it was the first time many of the players enjoyed those experiences.
• More than 20 members of the 1998 National Championship team were on hand, including Al Wilson, Jamal Lewis, Jeff Hall and Chad Clifton.
• Members of the 1951 National Championship team included Herky Payne and Pat Shires.
• Former head coach and player, Johnny Majors, led the Vol Walk, and former UT quarterback Tony Robinson returned to The Hill for the first time in 25 years.


• The Vols wore pink equipment on Saturday in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. The players donned pink gloves, wrist bands, socks, knee braces and more.
• Freshman Jalen Reeves-Maybin honors his late grandmother by wearing pink shoelaces every day. Classmate Malik Brown also has a grandmother who has suffered from breast cancer.




• Tennessee donned orange jerseys and orange pants vs. South Carolina, marking the first time the Vols wore an all-orange ensemble since a 26-22 home loss vs. Auburn on Oct. 3, 2009.
• UT also wore all orange in a Dec. 1 , 2007, SEC Championship Game setback to LSU, 21-14, and a 17-16 home win on Sept. 25, 1999, vs. Memphis.
• During the 1980s and the Reggie White era, orange-on-orange was a common Tennessee uniform combination.


• On a weekend that used to be known for clashes between the orange hue of Tennessee and the red shade of Alabama, this Saturday's match-up featured the familar PMS 151 battling the Gamecock Garnet of South Carolina rather than the Crimson Tide of `Bama.
• UT played a game on Oct. 19 for the first time since 1991, and for the initial occasion since 1912 it faced off against someone other than Alabama.
• The last opponent other than the Crimson Tide that the Big Orange played on Oct. 19 was Tennessee Medical School during that 1912 campaign.


• Redshirt sophomore Mack Crowder got his first career start at center, with senior James Stone moving over to left guard.
• Stone made his fifth career start at left guard, with his others coming in 2011 (once) and 2010 (three times).
• Sophomore Cody Blanc started at wide receiver, getting his first nod too.


• After a review from the booth, the replay official upheld the decision to eject South Carolina strong safety Kadetrix Marcus for targeting a defenseless player (UT sophomore Pig Howard) after a first-quarter reception.
Justin Worley's long first-quarter pass play to Cody Blanc was ruled an incompletion, and the call was reviewed and upheld.


• Tennessee quarterback Justin Worley hails from Rock Hill, S.C., and faced his home-state school for the second time in his career.
• Worley put Tennessee on top 10-7 in the second quarter, finding Pig Howard for a six-yard TD connection.
• Worley finished the first half, 11 of 17 for 57 yards and one touchdown.
• Worley now has 10 touchdown passes this season and 11 for his career.
Justin Worley scrambled for 13 yards vs. the Gamecocks in the first quarter.


• Senior running back Rajion Neal put Tennessee up, 17-7, bursting through for a five-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.
• Neal posted his eighth rushing TD this season and the 15th in his career.
• Neal ran for 57 yards and a TD on 16 first-half carries.


Pig Howard hauled in a six-yard touchdown pass from Justin Worley in the second quarter, marking Howard's third receiving TD this season and the fourth in his career.
• Howard had a career high in catches with five for 21 yards in the first half.
Brendan Downs hauled in a single-game high of three catches for 20 yards in the opening half.
Marquez North absorbed a hit and held on for a 15-yard reception in the second stanza on the scoring drive that put the Vols up, 17-7.


• The Tennessee defense put the heat on South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw and kept the wraps on receivers, forcing the senior into an 0-for-5 start in pass attempts and a 1-6 first quarter.
• Shaw finished the first half 4-11 for 114 yards and one TD, with only a 76-yard scoring pass to wide receiver Damiere Byrd preventing a dismal yardage total.
• Redshirt senior defensive end Marlon Walls had a first-quarter sack of Shaw, and redshirt freshman defensive lineman Danny O'Brien added one in the second frame.
• Redshirt senior nose guard Daniel Hood was credited with a hurry.
• Junior linebacker A.J. Johnson had a pass breakup that nearly was an interception as well.


• The Tennessee defense continues to help out the offense, generating one vs. South Carolina and 16 overall takeaways this season.
• The Vols came away with 17 opponents' turnovers in all of 2012.


• Junior running back Marlin Lane had a 10-yard carry for a first down in the first quarter, marking his return to the lineup from injury for the first time since the South Alabama game.
• Lane ran for 35 yards on four carries in the first half.
• Junior wideout Devrin Young also returned from injury, catching a pass for four yards and fielding a punt in his first action since the opener.


• Senior Michael Palardy continues to handle all of Tennessee's punting and kicking chores.
• Palardy opened the game's scoring with a 37-yard field goal on Tennessee's second drive.
• The senior now is 6 of 7 on the season and 29 of 40 in his career for FGs.
• In PATs, Palardy is two of two on the day, improving to 27 of 27 this season and 102 of 107 for his career.
• On four punts, Palardy averaged 42.8 yards per attempt and placed four inside the 20, running his total to 14 on the season and 31 for his career.
• He had two punts inside the 10, upping his tally to four in 2013 and nine for his career.
• Palardy had one punt for 60-plus yards (64) today, and has two this season.
• Palardy now has nine punts of 50 yards or more in 2013 and 23 for his career.
• On kickoffs, the senior had two touchbacks vs. South Carolina, running his streak of kicks not returned to seven in a row before it came to an end.
• Palardy has 16 touchbacks this season.


• Tennessee led South Carolina, 3-0, after the first quarter, marking the second time this season the Gamecocks were held scoreless in the opening stanza (at UCF, 7-0, on Sept. 28).
• USC also trailed 10-3 at Georgia on Sept. 7.
• Tennessee's 17-7 halftime lead today is the largest UT advantage at the half over a ranked team since a 21-3 lead vs. South Carolina on Oct. 31, 2009.


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