Offensive notebook

When Tennessee failed to run the ball effectively in Game 10 vs. Ole Miss it cost the Big Orange nothing. The Vols completed enough big passes to win handily.

When Tennessee failed to run the ball effectively in Game 11 vs. Vanderbilt, however, it almost cost the Big Orange dearly. With the passing game unable to bail out the ground attack, the Vols got quite a scare before subduing the Commodores 24-10 Saturday night in Nashville.

"We're not good at running the ball, and that's why we struggled," UT head coach Derek Dooley said. "We played really well for being not good running the ball. We stink at running the ball. I don't know what else to say."

Tailback Tauren Poole finished with 99 yards on 23 carries but got 28 of those yards on his final rush, a game-clinching touchdown run with 1:22 remaining. His 22 previous carries included five that gained a yard, two that produced no gain and three that lost yardage.

Basically, Vandy's defensive front whipped Tennessee's offensive front most of the night.

"My hat's off to Vanderbilt because they played extremely hard," Poole said. "They out-efforted us tonight. We give it all to them because they played hard, and we have to play harder to beat Kentucky."

Only if the Vols want to win.

CLIMBING THE CHARTS

Senior wideouts Gerald Jones and Denarius Moore are moving up on Tennessee's all-time receiving charts.

With six catches for 80 yards vs. Vandy, Jones moved from ninth to fifth place on UT's all-time receptions list with 127 career grabs. Saturday night he eased past Tim McGee (123), Thomas Woods (124), Robert Meachem (125) and Jason Swain (126). Jones would need 20 catches vs. Kentucky and in a bowl game to catch Peerless Price (147) for fourth place.

Moore caught two passes for 31 yards Saturday night and needs just 17 more yards to tie Donte' Stallworth for 10th place on UT's list for career receiving yards (1,747).

VOLS CATCHING ON

Moore, who had a 20-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter vs. Vanderbilt, has caught a TD pass in four consecutive games. The last Vol to turn this trick was Meachem in 2006.

Freshman wideout Da'Rick Rogers achieved career bests in catches (three), receiving yards (59) and longest reception (27 yards) against the Commodores.

Senior tight end Luke Stocker end caught a pass for a loss of two yards on Tennessee's first play of the fourth quarter. Still, that grab enabled him to remain the only Vol with a reception in every game this season.


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