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Tennessee-Vanderbilt Post Game Notes

Noting Tennessee

  • Tennessee improves to 8-3 overall, 5-2 in the SEC; Vanderbilt falls to 5-6 overall, 2-6 in the SEC.
  • The Vols entered the game ranked 19th by both the Associated Press and the USA Today Coaches Poll. Vanderbilt was unranked.
  • Tennessee returns to action Nov. 24 when it travels to Lexington, Ky., to face Kentucky. The game will begin at 1:30 ET and will be televised by CBS.
Tennessee-Vanderbilt Series
  • Today???s contest marked the 101st meeting between Tennessee and Vanderbilt. The Vols now lead the all-time series 69-27-5.
  • Tennessee leads the all-time series in Knoxville 35-10-1.
Phillip Fulmer???s Record
  • Tennessee head coach Phillip Fulmer???s record now stands at 145-44 (.767) in 16 seasons with the Vols.
  • Fulmer owns a 58-18 record against the SEC East.
  • Today marked the 100th home game for Fulmer, he is 84-16 inside Neyland Stadium.
Vols Overcome 15-Point Fourth Quarter Deficit To Finish Season Undefeated At Home
  • Tennessee finished the season 7-0 at home this season to go undefeated in Neyland Stadium for the first time since 1999.
  • Under Fulmer, Tennessee has gone undefeated at home six times. (1993, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2007)
Vols Comeback Second Largest Fourth Quarter Deficit Overcome in Team History
  • Tennessee outscored Vanderbilt 16-0 in the final quarter to overcome a Vanderbilt 24-9 lead.
  • The 15-point comeback is the second largest fourth quarter comeback in UT history.
  • Tennessee overcame a 17-point deficit to LSU on Sept. 26, 2005. (UT trailed 24-7 entering the final quarter before going on to win 30-27 in overtime.)
Ainge Authors Fantastic Final Quarter In Neyland Stadium
  • Senior quarterback Erik Ainge was 12-of-15 for 107 yards and two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to lead UT back from a 15-point deficit.
  • Ainge finished the game 29-of-43 for 245 yards and three touchdowns.
  • Ainge???s 11 completions in the first quarter were a season-high in the opening quarter for the senior. Ainge completed 10 passes in the first quarter against both Arkansas State and Southern Mississippi.
Foster Rushes For Over 100 Yards; Breaks Into Top-10 On UT Career Rushing List
  • Junior tailback Arian Foster rushed 19 times for 106 yards.
  • The San Diego native now has career totals of 455 attempts for 2,190 yards.
  • Foster passed Charlie Garner (1992-93; 2,089) for 10th place all-time.
2005 Wide Receiver Signees Hit Paydirt
  • Josh Briscoe, Austin Rogers and Lucas Taylor all signed with UT in 2005 and each scored a touchdown Saturday against Vanderbilt.
  • Taylor opened the scoring with a six-yard touchdown reception from Ainge. The junior from Carencro, La., finished with nine receptions for 90 yards.
  • Briscoe opened the fourth quarter with a seven-yard touchdown grab. The junior receiver finished with 3 catches for 47 yards. The North Carolina native???s season-long 27-yard reception kept alive Tennessee???s second scoring drive of the fourth quarter.
  • Rogers brought the Vols back to within two with his five-yard touchdown reception. The redshirt sophomore from Nashville finished with a career-high eight receptions for 60 yards.
Vols Continue to Protect Ainge
  • Tennessee did not allow a quarterback today and has allowed just three on the year. The Vols lead the FBS in sacks allowed.
  • Starting quarterback Erik Ainge has been sacked just twice this year in 391 pass attempts.
  • The Vols average one sack allowed for every 130.3 pass attempt this season.
Lincoln Becomes First Vol Not Named Reveiz To Knock Home 20 Field Goals in A Season
  • Freshman place-kicker Daniel Lincoln knocked home two of his three field goal attempts Saturday. Lincoln is now 20-of-24 this season. The 20 field goals is the most ever by a UT freshman.
  • Lincoln has 102 points this season is the most by a freshman kicker.
  • Lincoln???s 20 field goals is the most since Carlos Reveiz hit 24 in 1985. Carlos and Fuad Reveiz are the only other Vols to hit 20 or more field goals in a season. Fuad hit 27 in 1982 and 20 in 1984.
  • Lincoln missed his first extra point of the season when Vanderbilt blocked his first extra point attempt of the game. Lincoln had made his first 41 extra points of the season.
Noting the Defense
  • Junior linebacker Jerod Mayo set a career-high while leading the Vols with 15 tackles. Fellow linebacker Rico McCoy had 11 tackles.
  • Sophomore defensive tackle Dan Williams tied his career-high with six tackles. Fellow defensive tackle J.T. Mapu had a season-high five tackles in his final game at Neyland Stadium.
  • In the fourth quarter, Vanderbilt had 16 offensive plays and only 16 total yards.
Miscellaneous Notes
  • Today???s attendance was 105,077. Today marks the 48th straight SEC game in Neyland Stadium played before more than 100,000 fans.
  • Today was senior day as 23 seniors made the traditional solo run through the ???T??? during pregame ceremonies.
  • Senior tight end Brad Cottam made his first start of the season.
  • The Vols scored on their opening possession of the game. UT is now 6-0 this season when it scores on its first possession.
  • Freshman punt returner Dennis Rogan provided UT a spark when he returned a Commodore fourth quarter punt 45 yards. Rogan finished the game with 72 punt return yards on three attempts.



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