Nov. 4, 2013
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, big numbers in a first start, Young shooting up the return yardage charts and a homecoming visit from an old foe.
First Down: 240 - Joshua Dobbs Passing Yards
Though the end result wasn't what Dobbs and Tennessee had hoped for in his initial start for the Volunteers, the numbers were impressive. The 240 passing yards were a season high for Tennessee and were the most by a UT QB not named Tyler Bray since Justin Worley threw for 291 against Middle Tennessee in 2011.
On the ground, Dobbs picked up 45 yards, the most by a Tennessee signal-caller since Tee Martin also ran for 45, vs. Vanderbilt on Nov. 27, 1999. His 33-yard run in the second quarter was the longest for a Vol QB since Tee Martin had a 38-yard scramble in a win over Notre Dame in 1999.
Dobbs 26 completions were also a season-high for Tennessee quarterbacks and marked the most by a freshman in his first start in program history. The 26 completions were the most by a Volunteer freshman since redshirt freshman A.J. Suggs was 37-59 for 319 yards in a loss at LSU in 2000. The mark was the second-most by a true freshman in any game, behind Bray's 27 in the 2010 Music City Bowl against North Carolina.
Second Down: 91 - Kick Return Yards for Devrin Young
Young eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark for his Tennessee career with a 29-yard return in the second quarter. The junior missed five games after an injury in the season opener, but has still managed to move from 10th to seventh on the all-time return yardage list with 1,077.
In only four games this year, Young has more kick return yards (307) than all of last year and is nearly halfway to his career-high of 628 set in nine games as a freshman in 2011. His average per return of 27.9 stands as a career-high, as does his average per game of 76.8. He needs 53 yards to pass Dale Carter for sixth, 56 to get past Dennis Rogan for fifth and just 98 to pass David Oku for fourth. Based on his current pace this season, third place, held by Corey Larkins at 1,307 isn't out of reach by the end of 2013.
Willie Gault holds the Tennessee record with 1,854, while Leonard Scott stands second at 1,788. While both of those are lofty totals, Young has the marks in his sight with the remainder of this season and a senior campaign ahead of him.
Third Down: Quick Hits
0 - Touchdowns for Tennessee, the first time the Vols have been held out of the end zone since a 14-3 loss to South Carolina in 2011.
239 - Consecutive games the Volunteers have scored, thanks to Michael Palardy's second-quarter field goal from 51 yards out. UT was last shut out by Florida on Sept. 17, 1994.
10 - Field goals on the year by Palardy, a new career-high for a season. With 58 points scored on the year, the senior stands just six points from his career-best of 64, set in 2012.
51 - Yards on Palardy's field goal Saturday, the second-longest of his career. His best was a 52-yarder at Alabama in 2011.
51 - Yards on Palardy's longest punt Saturday. The senior now has 11 50-plus yard punts on the season. four of his seven punts against the Tigers were downed inside the 20.
11 - Receptions for Pig Howard, a new career high. That equals the fifth-most in a game in Tennessee history and the most since Kelley Washington also had 11 vs. LSU in the 2001 regular-season meeting.
89 - Receiving yards for Howard, besting his previous career-high of 75 at Florida this year.
11 - Tackles for A.J. Johnson. Missouri was Johnson's 17th career double-digit tackle game and his fourth this season. After recording 10 a week ago in Tuscaloosa, it marked the first time this season that Johnson has had back-to-back 10-plus tackle games.
Fourth Down: A Look Ahead
51 - Meetings between Tennessee and Auburn. The teams met every season from 1956-1991, when the SEC's expansion to 12 teams ended the annual rivalry.
3 - The Vols will be playing a Top 10 team for the third week in a row. The last time Tennessee played three Top 10 teams in a row was in 1964, when the Vols took on No. 3 Alabama, No. 7 LSU and No. 7 Georgia Tech from Oct. 17-Nov. 7.
5 - Consecutive losses to the Tigers since a 24-0 win in Neyland Stadium in 1999.
9 - All time wins on Nov. 9, the next time UT takes the field. This will be the first time since 2002 the Vols have played on the date, a 26-3 loss to Miami. It will be the second-straight time the date has featured a homecoming game.
69 - Tennessee wins on homecoming, including four in a row, dating back to a loss to Wyoming in 2008. UT has won 27 of its last 29 homecoming games, with the only losses coming in he 2002 and 2008 games. The Vols will welcome home the alumni on Saturday when Auburn comes to town and it's once again Football Time in Tennessee!