Nov. 18, 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, touchdowns different ways, running for a hundred and Tennessee's most-contested rivalry.
First Down: 81 - Yards Covered on Cordarrelle Patterson's Punt Return TD
If it seems like Patterson has done it all this season for Tennessee, well, that's pretty accurate. Patterson's first punt return touchdown of his Volunteer career marked the fourth different way the junior has scored a touchdown this season.
"CP" started off the season strong against NC State, scoring his first TD as a Vol on a 41-yard pass from Tyler Bray less than four minutes into his UT career. Later in the game, he ran 67 yards for his first rushing score. Patterson returned a kickoff 98 yards against Mississippi State, the first conventional kickoff return for a TD since Mark Jones against Alabama in 2002.
Patterson's punt return for a score was the first by a Tennessee player since Jones had one, also against Vanderbilt, in 2003. He also became the first player in all of college football to score a touchdown four different ways in a season since 2008, when three players, Jeremy Maclin of Missouri in, T.Y. Hilton of FIU and Phillip Livas of Derek Dooley-coached Louisiana Tech, accomplished the feat.
Patterson nearly had touchdowns five ways this season when Mychal Rivera caught Patterson's only pass attempt of the year and fell just five yards short of the endzone against Missouri. Appropriately, Patterson scored on a 5-yard carry one play later.
Patterson has 1,700 all-purpose yards on the season and needs just 21 more to break Reggie Cobb's Tennessee record of 1,721, set in 1987.
Second Down: 108 - Marlin Lane Rushing Yards
Lane rushed for over 100 yards for the second time in his Tennessee career, the second 100+ yard performance in the last three weeks after running for 132 yards and two TDs against Troy. Lane has rushed for 583 yards this season.
If the sophomore can eclipse the 100-yard mark in the season finale against Kentucky, he would have as many individual 100-yard games in 2012 as the entire team had in 2011, all three coming from Tauren Poole last season.
As a team, Tennessee has had seven games with more than 100 yards on the ground, which matches the total from 2011.
Third Down: Quick Hits
1,018 - Receiving yards for Justin Hunter in 2012. Hunter finished the night with 39 yards on five catches. The yardage total leads all receivers at Tennessee this season; his eight touchdown catches also lead the Vols.
17 - Consecutive games with a reception for Vol tight end Mychal Rivera after his 13-yard snag in the 4th quarter.
103 - Passing yards for Tyler Bray, the lowest total in Bray's career in a start. Bray's previous low as a starter was 189 against the Commodores last season. The last time Bay threw for fewer than 100 yards was against Alabama in 2010, when he completed five passes for 39 yards in relief of Matt Simms.
117 - Consecutive completions by Bray without an interception before a tipped pass was picked off in the second quarter. The streak dated to Bray's final pass against South Carolina and represented the sixth-longest streak in Volunteer history.
6 - Receiving touchdowns on the year for Zach Rogers after his 14-yard TD catch against Vandy. The grab was his only touch of the night.
2 - Sacks given up by Tennessee, the first multi-sack game surrendered by the Vols in 2012.
12 - Tackles for A.J. Johnson, his ninth consecutive double-digit tackle performance.
5 - Interceptions on the year for Byron Moore after he pulled in an INT in the end zone off the hands of a Vanderbilt receiver. The total is the highest for a Tennessee player since Prentiss Waggner and Janzen Jackson each had five in 2010.
Fourth Down - A Look Ahead
107 - Previous meetings between Tennessee and Kentucky, the most-contested rivalry for UT. Only 17 other rivalries have been played more often.
1892 - The first meeting between the teams, making UT-UK the eighth-oldest rivalry in college football, a spot the teams share with seven other matchups.
13 - Consecutive Volunteer wins against the Wildcats in Knoxville, dating to a 17-12 loss in 1984.
1943 - The last year Tennessee and Kentucky did not play, as UT did not field a team that season due to World War II. The teams met twice in 1944 to make up for the lost game.