Nov. 12, 2012
By Brian Rice UTSports.com
Each week, UTSports.com takes a look at the numbers from the weekend past and the weekend ahead in Four Downs. This week, running for scores, new faces and more season highs.
First Down: 3 - Rushing Touchdowns Against Missouri
Three rushing touchdowns in a game is a fairly impressive performance for a team, but not a stat that is particularly unusual. What was unusual about it for Tennessee? None of those touchdowns were scored by a player listed as a running back on the roster.
Wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson got the rushing party started with a 5-yard scamper for UT's first score of the day. It was the third rushing touchdown of the season for Patterson, who has averaged 11.7 yards on 23 carries in 2012. He has eight total TDs on the year, four receiving and one on a kickoff return to go with the three rushing scores. Patterson's 67-yard touchdown run in the opener against North Carolina State remains the longest rushing play of the season for UT.
Following a Missouri score, A.J. Johnson plowed across the goal line for his fifth rushing touchdown of the season. Johnson has carried the ball 11 times and has converted five for points. He has just 19 rushing yards and no run has gone for longer than four yards. Regardless of their length, Johnson's five TDs tie him with Rajion Neal for the team lead in rushing scores.
Tyler Drummer's 5-yard touchdown run off a fake punt was a yard longer than any of Johnson's carries of the year and put Tennessee on top in the second overtime. Drummer's only action in his UT career has come as the holder on field goals and extra point attempts, a position he sold with perfection before picking the ball up and running untouched in for the score.
As a team, Tennessee has rushed for 17 touchdowns, six more than the team posted in 2011. The Volunteers' 1,611 rushing yards thus far have also surpassed the season total of 1,081 from last season.
Second Down: 9 - BCS Conference Teams Tennessee Has Not Played
Tennessee faced Missouri for the first time in program history Saturday, a series that will become a yearly affair with the Tigers' move to the SEC East. Thanks to Tennessee's 49 bowl games and non-conference games over the years, that leaves just nine teams in BCS-affiliated conferences the Vols have yet to face.
The ACC is the only conference that has seen each of its team face Tennessee at least once. Series with Duke and North Carolina date back to 1893, while the series with Georgia Tech, a founding member of the SEC, is UT's most-contested non-conference series with 43 all-time meetings.
Tennessee has faced every current member of the Big XII, with the exception of newcomer West Virginia. From the Big East, Tennessee has yet to face Connecticut and South Florida, although UT is set to face the Huskies in 2015 and 2016. Other BCS teams UT has yet to face are Illinois and Michigan State from the Big Ten, and Arizona, Arizona State, Stanford and Washington from the Pac-12. Tennessee has played in ASU's Sun Devil Stadium, the site of the 1992, 1999 and 2000 Fiesta Bowls. The 1999 Fiesta Bowl win gave Tennessee the BCS National Championship for the 1998 season.
Third Down: Quick Hits
153 - Rushing yards for Tennessee, the sixth 150+ yard game for UT in 2012. The Vols had only one game in 2011 where they rushed for 150+ yards as a team, a 199-yard performance against Buffalo.
91 - Offensive plays run by Tennessee, a season high. Tennessee ran 89 plays against Akron, which was the most in a game since 2006. The record for plays in a game is 95, which came against Mississippi State in 1991.
32 - First downs for the Volunteers, three off the all-time record set against Georgia in 1997 and tied last week against Troy.
1 - Sacks by Missouri on Saturday, the first sack surrendered by the Vol offensive line since the South Carolina game. UT has allowed just five sacks all season, and no more than one in a single game.
37, 54 - Completions and attempts for Tyler Bray, a season and career high in each category. The 37 completions tied a Tennessee record also held by Peyton Manning (Florida, 1996) and A.J. Suggs (LSU, 2000). UT has fallen in each of those three games.
404 - Passing yards for Bray against Missouri, the sixth-best single game performance in Tennessee history. Bray and Manning have a monopoly on the top seven spots on UT's single-game passing yardage list. Bray set the single-game record with 530 yards last week against Troy and holds spots five and seven on the list, while Manning has the second, third and fourth spots on the chart.
9 - Different receivers, Justin Hunter, Mychal Rivera, Marlin Lane, Cordarrelle Patterson, Zach Rogers, Ben Bartholomew, Brendan Downs, Alton "Pig" Howard, and Ben Bartholomew, to record catches on Saturday.
12 - 300+ yard passing games for Bray in 22 career starts.
10 - Mychal Rivera receptions, a career high for Rivera and a season high for all Vol receivers. The senior also had a career-high 129 receiving yards.
11 - Tackles for Jaron Toney, a career high. Toney, an Alcoa product who started his UT career at running back, had just seven tackles in his time at UT entering Saturday.
Fourth Down - A Look Ahead
105 - Previous meetings between Tennessee and Vanderbilt, the second most contested rivalry for UT. In the two weeks after facing Missouri for the first time, UT will face its two most-frequent opponents in the Commodores and the Kentucky Wildcats, whom the Volunteers have played 107 times.
14 - Consecutive Volunteer wins against the Commodores in Nashville, dating to a 28-21 loss in 1982.
1944 - The last year Tennessee and Vanderbilt did not play.