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Tennessee vs. MTSU - Saturday at 7 pm




Oct. 31, 2011

TENNESSEE (3-5) vs. MTSU (2-5)
November 5, 2011   |   7:08 p.m. ET
Neyland Stadium   |   Knoxville

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THE MTSU GAME (HOMECOMING 2011)
  • The Tennessee Vols continue their 115th season with their second all-time meeting against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders. Kickoff is slated for 7:08 p.m. on FSN. UT is 792-345-53 (.688) all-time.
  • The Tennessee Legends of the Game on Saturday will be Jeff Smith (1992-95) and Richard Pickens (1966-68).
  • The Vols won the lone meeting in the series, a 26-3 victory over MTSU on Sept. 7, 2002.
  • A win over Middle Tennessee would mark the sixth consecutive win over a non-conference opponent for UT dating to a win over UAB on Sept. 25, 2010.
  • Among current Sun Belt members, UT is 2-0 vs. Louisiana, 1-0 vs. Arkansas State, MTSU, Louisiana-Monroe and Western Kentucky, and 0-1 vs. North Texas.
  • UT is 67-17-3 all-time in homecoming games.
  • Since 2006, Tennessee has won nine consecutive games over in-state opponents (5-0 vs. Vanderbilt, 3-0 vs. Memphis, 1-0 vs. UT-Martin).
  • UT is 6-1 all-time vs. current members of the Sun Belt Conference. The Vols lost to North Texas State, 21-14 on Oct. 25, 1975. The school is now known as the University of North Texas and competes as a member of the Sun Belt.
  • The Vols have won six consecutive November games since Nov. 21, 2009 and 13 of 16 in the month since 2007.

A Tennessee Win Would...

  • Improve the Vols to 4-5 overall and extend Tennessee's non-conference winning streak to six games.

  • Mark the ninth consecutive win over an in-state opponent since 2006. A win would also improve UT to 2-0 all-time vs. Middle Tennessee.

  • Give the Vols their sixth win in their last nine games at Neyland Stadium and their eighth win in the last 13 regular-season games overall.

  • Mark Tennessee's seventh consecutive win in the month of November dating to Nov. 21, 2009. A win would also improve UT to 14-3 in their last 17 November games since 2007 and 75-12 in November games since 1990.

  • Mark the first time the Vols swept their regular-season non-conference slate since 2006, when they defeated No. 9 California, Air Force, Marshall and Memphis.

Last Game - No. 14 South Carolina 14, Tennessee 3

  • The Vols fell to 3-5 with a 14-3 loss to No. 14 South Carolina at Neyland Stadium on October 29.
  • Freshman linebacker A.J. Johnson recorded 12 tackles, becoming the first UT true freshman with three 10+ tackle games. Johnson now has three of top six single-game tackle performances by a true freshman in UT history.
  • Johnson has 57 tackles this season, and his 12-tackle effort vs. South Carolina moved him past Reggie White (51 tackles in 1980) and into third place on the Tennessee freshman single-season tackle list.
  • DB Prentiss Waggner recorded his sixth career interception and his second sack of the season.
  • Five Vols made their first career starts: QB Justin Worley, LG Marcus Jackson, WR Rajion Neal, DB Byron Moore, and DT Maurice Couch. A total of 21 Vols have made their first career start in 2011 (22 Vols did so in 2010).

November Remembered

  • Tennessee begins its November schedule with Saturday's game vs. MTSU...during the last 11 seasons since 2000, the Vols are 37-9 in November (.804)...UT has won 15 of its last 18 games during the month since a 39-10 win at Vanderbilt on Nov. 18, 2006.
  • UT has won six consecutive November games since Nov. 21, 2009 and 13 of the last 16 in the month since 2007.
  • The Vols are 74-12 (.860) in November in the last 21 seasons since 1990, including an astounding 37-3 (.925) record in regular-season games in November or later during the decade of the 1990s.
  • The Vols were 51-3 (.944) in November from 1991-2003 and are 19-8 (.704) during the month since 2004...UT won 21 consecutive November games between 1990-96.

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