Nov. 5, 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, offensive records galore, career highs and a new foe on the horizion.
First Down: 530 - Tyler Bray Passing Yards
By now, you probably know that Tyler Bray set a new Tennessee record with 530 yards through the air on Saturday night. Bray bested the mark of 523 set by Peyton Manning against Kentucky in Lexington in 1997. Bray also beat his own UT record for passing yards in a half with 313 in the opening half Saturday. Bray's previous mark of 308 was set in his first-career start at Memphis in 2010.
Bray now stands second on the all-time Southeastern Conference list for yards in a single game, behind only Eric Zeier of Georgia, who threw for 544 yards against Southern Miss. in 1993.
The game was the second of Bray's career in which he threw for five touchdowns, the other being the aforementioned Memphis game in 2010. For his Tennessee career, Bray has thrown for four or more TDs on seven occasions, four of those this season.
Bray also surged past Andy Kelly (6,397) for fourth place on UT's career passing list with 6,644 yards, but he has a way to go to get to #3 Erik Ainge, whose 8,700 yards are the next stop on the list.
He has 25 TD passes this season, tied for 5th-most in a single season with Heath Shuler. Manning's record of 36 in 1997 is in reach with three regular-season games and a possible bowl game to go. Another Manning 1997 record, the 3,819 yards he threw for that season, is also well within reach as Bray, who averages 312.4 yards per game, stands 1,007 yards away with as many as four games to play.
Tennessee is now 11-3 under Derek Dooley when the team throws for over 300 yards.
Second Down: 400 - Combined Receiving Yards for Patterson and Hunter
Cordarrelle Patterson and Justin Hunter were key cogs in Bray's record-setting day. Each had a career-high in receiving yards and the 400 combined yards were the most-ever for a pass catching duo at Tennessee.
Patterson led the Volunteers with 219 receiving yards and recorded a career-long 58-yard catch. Patterson also had a 14-yard touchdown that gave UT its first lead of the day, 7-3, in the first quarter. The 219 yards ties Patterson for 18th on the SEC single-game yardage list with M.J. Garrett of Vanderbilt, who had 219 against Middle Tennessee in 2001. It was the first 200+ yard performance for a Tennessee receiver since Denarius Moore had a par of 200+ games in 2010, 228 against South Carolina and 205 against Kentucky
Hunter set a career-high with 181 receiving yards and pulled in a season-long 46-yard catch that tied the game at 48-48. For the second time in 2012, the junior tied a career-high and a UT record with three touchdown receptions, a mark he also achieved earlier this season against Georgia State. Teammate Zach Rogers also pulled in three TD catches a week ago at South Carolina.
Third Down: Quick Hits
135 - Rushing yards for Marlin Lane. The total marked the first 100+ yard game of his Tennessee career and was a new career-high. Lane also had two catches for 31 yards and scored the winning touchdown from 9 yards out with 1:25 to play.
718 - Yards of total offense by Tennessee, a new school record. Prior to today, the 1997 win at Kentucky was the high water mark in many offensive categories, including the 695 yards of total offense put up as a part of Manning's record passing day.
1,439 - Combined yard by the two teams, also a new Tennessee record. And if you're paying attention you can guess when the previous record of 1,329 was set. Troy's 721 yards were also a new record, also surpassing the mark of 634 set by Kentucky in 1997.
103 - Combined points, a new Neyland Stadium record. The Tennessee record for combined points in a game came in a decidedly more one-sided affair, a 104-0 blanking of American University in 1905. The 103 points are the fourth-highest in SEC history and second-most this season behind Texas A&M's 59-57 win over Louisiana Tech.
35 - First downs for Tennessee. The 35 first downs tie the previous record set against Georgia in 1997.
21 - 4th quarter points scored by Tennessee, the highest number of points scored in a closing period since the Vols scored 28 against Western Kentucky in the 2009 season opener.
69 - All-time wins on Homecoming on The Hill. The Vols are 69-17-3 in Homecoming games, including four in a row. Since 1984, Tennessee is 27-2 on Homecoming, with the only losses coming to #1 Miami in 2002 and Wyoming in 2008.
10 - Consecutive regular-season wins over non-conference foes, the longest run since the Vols went 10-0 in a stretch from 2000-02.
Fourth Down - A Look Ahead
0 - Previous meetings between Tennessee and its newest SEC foe Missouri. Prior to the 2012 season, Tennessee was the only SEC team the Tigers had never faced.
6-4-2 - Record against current SEC teams in the Vols' first meeting with those programs. UT defeated Arkansas 14-2 in 1907, Florida 24-0 in 1916, Georgia 5-0 in 1899, Ole Miss 11-10 in 1902, Mississippi State 11-4 in 1907 and Texas A&M in 1957. The Vols fell to Auburn 23-0 in 1900, Kentucky 56-0 in 1893, South Carolina 24-0 in 1903 and Vanderbilt 22-4 in 1892. Tennessee tied Alabama 6-6 in 1901 and LSU 0-0 in 1925.