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Tennessee Halftime Notes: UT 17, USC 7

Oct. 19, 2013

TENNESSEE TIDBITS

• 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.

TENNESSEE CAPTAINS

• 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.

VFL LEGENDS OF THE GAME

• 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.

VOLS THINK PINK

• 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.

 

 

ROCKIN' ALL ORANGE

• 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.

DIFFERENT OPPONENT ON THIRD SATURDAY IN OCTOBER

• 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.

FOR STARTERS

• 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.

UPON FURTHER REVIEW

• 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.

WORLEY AGAINST HIS HOME-STATE SCHOOL

• 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.

RAJION ON THE RUN

• 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.

OFFENSIVELY SPEAKING

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.

SHAKING SHAW

• 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.

TENNESSEE TAKEAWAYS

• 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.

WELCOME BACK TO THE LINEUP, FELLAS

• 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.

PALARDY HANDLING ALL OF THE CHORES

• 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.

ODDS & ENDS

• 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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