Oct. 22, 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, a few points, a few more yards and another packed house in Knoxville.
First Down: 32 - Yards covered on Michael Palardy's 1st Quarter Field Goal
Palardy's 32-yard field goal with 3:38 remaining in the first quarter capped an 11-play, 65-yard drive to pull Tennessee within four points. The field goal marked the first points scored on Alabama in the first quarter of a game this season. The Tide entered the game outscoring opponents 90-0 in the opening quarter.
Tennessee's junior kicker also scored the most recent first-quarter points, by an offense, against Alabama with a field goal in the teams' 2011 meeting. UA went 363 days without allowing a first-quarter point by an offense.
The 10 points scored by Tennessee in the first half were a season low for the Vols, but represented the highest point total given up by Alabama in a first half this season. UT's previous low in points in a first half was 14 against Florida and Mississippi State. Alabama had given up seven points to Michigan, Ole Miss and Missouri, all on second-quarter touchdowns.
Second Down: 103 - All-Purpose Yards for Marlin Lane
Lane made the more of his first-career start by gaining 55 rushing yards on a career-high 15 carries. Lane also pulled down five passes for 48 yards. The 103 all-purpose yards for Lane marked a season high and represented the high total of his career for combined rushing and receiving. His career high for all-purpose yards came in 2011 against Florida when he rushed for nine yards, had 26 receiving and returned four kicks for 77 yards.
Lane was a yard away from his season high in receiving yards after gaining 49 yards against Akron. The 55 rushing yards marked his second-highest total on the ground this season after a 75-yard performance in the season opener against N.C. State.
For the season, Lane is averaging 4.6 yards per carry, nearly a yard better than his 2011 average of 3.7. He needs just 45 more yards to equal his season total from a year ago. Through the air, his 11.1 yards per reception outpaces last season's average of 9.5.
Third Down: Quick Hits
111 - Kick return yards for Cordarrelle Patterson on four attempts. A week after retuning his first kick for a touchdown, Patterson again impressed in the return game. His 45-yard return of a second quarter kick gave Tennessee great field position at the Alabama 48. The short field set up the Volunteers' only touchdown drive of the game, drawing UT within 10 points.
In the third quarter, Patterson returned a kick 36 yards to the UT 38, giving the Vols the field position needed to drive down the field before an interception in the end zone closed the drive without a score.
102,455 - Attendance at Neyland Stadium Saturday night, the second sellout crowd of 2012. It was the largest crowd either team had played in front of this season, breaking the mark of 101,821 that saw each of Alabama's three home games.
5,796 - Number of tweets to feature the #BeatBama hashtag on Twitter in the lead-up to Tennessee-Alabama.
5,219 - Number of times Tennessee fans used the #GoVols hashtag on Twitter leading up to the Alabama game.
58 - Plays run by Tennessee, tying the season low set a week ago at Mississippi State.
56 - Yards covered on a 3rd quarter punt by Michael Palardy, a career-long.
19.1 - Average receiving yards per catch for Mychal Rivera, a team high. The senior has 305 yards on 16 catches.
4 - Rushing touchdowns for A.J. Johnson in 2012 on just eight carries. Johnson has scored a touchdown in each of the four games in which he has had a carry.
1 - Games Tennessee has not led this season. After holding a lead in each of the first six games, the Volunteers failed to lead on Saturday and trailed at the half for just the second time in 2012.
1 - Combined losses by the four teams to defeat Tennessee this season.
Fourth Down - A Look Ahead
11 - The Vols are 11-0 all-time in games played on Oct. 27, the date of Saturday's contest.
22 - All-time wins against South Carolina. Tennessee is 22-6-2 against the Gamecocks dating back to 1903. The teams had met just 10 times before USC joined the Southeastern Conference in 1992, but have met every year since.
2 - Consecutive wins in the series for Carolina. Last season's 14-3 Gamecock win marked the first time the Vols had fallen in consecutive games to USC.
23 - Consecutive completions for UT quarterback Tee Martin in the 49-14 win over USC in 1998, then an NCAA record, and still an SEC record for consecutive completions in a single game. When combined with his final completed pass a week earlier against Alabama, his mark of 24-straight completions set an NCAA and SEC record.