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Halftime Notes: Tennessee 7, Vanderbilt 7

Nov. 23, 2013

TENNESSEE TIDBITS

• Tennessee's all-time record is 803-360-53
• Entering tonight's game, Tennessee is 11-1 on this date.
• Tennessee is 27-1 on Senior Day since 1985
• UT is 10-6 in its last 16 games at Neyland Stadium since Nov. 5, 2011.
• Tonight's kickoff temperature of 42 degrees is the coldest kickoff temperature at Neyland Stadium since it was 42 degrees when UT hosted Kentucky on Nov. 29, 2008.
• The Big Orange leads the all-time series with Vanderbilt, 73-28-5, including a 37-10-1 advantage in Knoxville.
Butch Jones is 4-6 at Tennessee and owns a career record of 54-33.
• Jones is 1-2 in overtime games and stands 11-8 all-time in games decided by four points or fewer and 40-6 when his team scores 30 or more points.
• Vandy won the coin toss and elected to receive. Tennessee kicked off to open the game for the ninth time this season.
• UT is 2-3 when winning the coin flip and 2-3 when losing the toss.
• Today's attendance is 97,223, moving the season average to 95,584

TENNESSEE CAPTAINS

• #41 Dontavis Sapp (Valdosta, Ga.), #58 Marlon Walls (Olive Branch, Miss.), #70 Ja'Wuan James (Suwanee, Ga.), #72 Zach Fulton (Homewood, Ill.)

STARTS OF NOTE

Ja'Wuan James made his 48th career start, tying Jeff Smith (1992-95) for the Tennessee record for most starts by an offensive lineman. He has started every game at right tackle since the season opener of his freshman year in 2010. James is also tied with Will Ofenheusele (99-02), Smith and Scott Wells (00-03) for most career games played by an offensive lineman (48).
Marlon Walls made his sixth career start and first start of the season.
JaRon Toney made his sixth start in year in the nickel.
Justin Coleman made his 20th consecutive start.
A.J. Johnson made his 30th consecutive start.
Joe Stocstill made his first career start at fullback.
Antonio Richardson made his 23rd consecutive start.
James Stone made his 23rd consecutive start.

 

 

VFL LEGEND OF THE GAME

• Today's Vol For Life Legend of the Game is three-time All-SEC running back Curt Watson.
• Watson left Tennessee in 1971 as the school's all-time leading rusher with 2,364 yards -- a mark that stood until 1984. He is now sixth on the all-time list. The Crossville native also set the school record for rushing yards in a game with 197 against Georgia in 1969. That record stood until 1975.
• Watson scored 23 TDs in his career with the Vols as UT captured the 1969 SEC Championship. In his three seasons, the Vols were a combined 30-5 with wins in the 1971 Sugar Bowl and 1971 Liberty Bowl. UT was ranked in the Top 15 in each of his three seasons.

SEASON ATTENDANCE

• Today's attendance is 97,223, moving the season average to 95,584 • Including today's games, Tennessee ranks fifth in the nation in total attendance at 669,087 and sixth in attendance average at 95,584 per game.

2013 Season Attendance Rankings By Average (Including Today's Games)
Team Average Home Games Total
1. Michigan 111,272 6 667,633
2. Ohio State 104,933 7 734,528
3. Alabama 101,505 7 710,538
4. Texas 98,638 5 493,189
5. Penn State 96,587 7 676,112
6. Tennessee 95,584 7 669,087

2013 Season Attendance Rankings By Total
Team 2013 Total Home Games

1. Ohio State 734,528 7
2. Alabama 710,538 7
3. Texas A&M 697,003 8
4. Penn State 676,112 7
5. Tennessee 669,087 7
6. Michigan 667,633 6
7. Nebraska 636,206 7

SMOKEY GRAY SENIOR DAY

• The Vols are wearing their Smokey Gray uniforms on Senior Day after a vote by the team's seniors.
• Today's game marks the second time the Vols have donned their new adidas Smokey Gray uniforms. They were first unveiled on Aug. 15 at UT's media day and the team wore the Smokey Grays in a thrilling 34-31 overtime loss to No. 6 Georgia on Oct. 5.
• 27 players will participate in Senior Day festivities: Joseph Ayres, Austin Bolen, Brent Brewer, Alex Bullard, J.R. Carr, Tyler Coombes, Raiques Crump, Tyler Drummer, Zach Fulton, Daniel Hood, Ja'Wuan James, Reggie Juin, Greg King, Daniel McCullers, Corey Miller, Byron Moore, Rajion Neal, Tyler Page, Michael Palardy, Brett Parisi, John Propst, Dontavis Sapp, Jacques Smith, James Stone, Dakota Summers, Marlon Walls, and Dylan West.
• Tennessee is 27-1 on Senior Day since 1985
• This marks just the fourth time since the 1930s that a UT team has worn anything other than orange at home. The other occasion came in the 2004 season opener vs. UNLV, when the Vols wore throwback white jerseys in a 42-17 conquest of the Runnin' Rebels.

RANDOLPH'S BIG PICK

Brian Randolph had a 41-yard interception return in the first quarter. It was his fourth interception of the year, the team's 14th, and the first for Randolph that did not occur in the opponent's endzone.
• The 41-yard pick return was UT's second longest of the year. The longest was a 62-yard pick six by Devaun Swafford against Florida.

BLOCKED FG

• Vanderbilt blocked a Tennessee field goal attempt late in the first quarter. It was the first UT field goal attempt blocked since Kentucky's Alvin Dupree blocked one on Nov. 26, 2011.

BIG DAY FOR A.J.

• At the end of the first quarter, A.J. Johnson recovered a fumble by Vanderbilt running back Brian Kimbrow. It was Johnson's fourth fumble recovery in his career.
• The fumble was also UT's eighth fumble recovery of the year.
• Johnson recorded 11 tackles in the first half. He has recorded double-digit tackles four times this season. He has tallied seven stops in 10 straight games.

BE KIND, REWIND

• With 7:20 left in the second quarter Vandy WR Jordan Matthews fumbled inside the UT five-yard line. The fumble caused by Brian Randolph and recovered by Dontavis Sapp.
• The ruling on the field was initially that there was no fumble. Tennessee won the review. On the season, UT has had nine reviews go in its favor and five go against the Vols.

3 FORCED TURNOVERS

• Sapp's fumble recovery with 7:20 left in the second quarter gave Tennessee it's fourth game with three or more forced turnovers this season.
• Previous three-turnover games: WKU (7 - 5 INT, 2 FR); Florida (3 - 1 INT, 2 FR); South Alabama (3 - 3 INT); Vanderbilt (3 - 1 INT, 2 FR).

RAJION RACKS IT UP

Rajion Neal had 26 rushing yards in the first half needs 40 yards to become the 14th Vol to surpass 2,000 career yards.
• He passed Stanley Morgan (1973-76) for 14th place on the rushing list.

UT Career Rushing Yards
Player Years Yards
1. Travis Henry 1997-2000 3,078
10. Reggie Cobb 1987-89 2,360
11. Travis Stephens 1997-01 2,336
12. Charlie Garner 1992-93 2,091
13. Aaron Hayden 1991-94 2,061
14. Rajion Neal 2010-13 1,960
15. Stanley Morgan 1973-76 1,952
16. Gerald Riggs, Jr. 2002-05 1,893

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