Quarterly Report

Here's a quarter-by-quarter look at Tennessee's 27-10 defeat of Ole Miss Saturday at Neyland Stadium:

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Tennessee started like the proverbial house on fire, scoring two touchdowns in the first six minutes to take a 14-0 lead.

UT took the opening kickoff and went 56 yards in six plays. Rick Clausen hit C.J. Fayton for 20 yards and Jayson Swain for 13, then Gerald Riggs got the TD from two yards out.

On Ole Miss' third offensive play, Michael Spurlock threw a pass that was intercepted by Vol cornerback Jonathan Wade and returned 19 yards for a touchdown, boosting the lead to 14-0.

Ole Miss took the ensuing kickoff and marched from its 15-yard line to the Vol 33, from which point Will Moseley nailed a 50-yard field goal, narrowing the gap to 14-3.

KEY PLAY

Wade's interception. Rolling to his right, Spurlock was being pressured from the blind side by Jason Hall when he unloaded an ill-advised pass that hit Wade right in the hands. The converted wide receiver weaved his way into the end zone for a TD that put the Vols on the verge of an early knockout.

KEY PLAYER

Clausen. The cool-headed senior completed six of eight passes for 87 yards in the period.

KEY STAT

Tennessee doubled Ole Miss in total offense, piling up 120 yards to the Rebels' 60.



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James Wilhoit was wide left with a 44-yard field goal try on the second play of the period. He atoned on UT's next possession by hitting a 25-yarder that boosted the margin to 17-3. The big plays on the drive were an 18-yard pass to freshman Austin Rogers and a 15-yarder to Swain.

Wilhoit had a 51-yard field goal try blocked by Jayme Mitchell later in the period.

KEY PLAY

On second-and-10 at the Ole Miss 34-yard line, a Clausen pass slipped off the fingertips of Vol fullback Cory Anderson. A completion there probably would've picked up a first down and perhaps set up a touchdown. Instead, the Vols settled for the blocked field-goal try.

KEY PLAYER

The entire Vol defense. For the quarter it held Ole Miss to minus-15 yards rushing on seven attempts.

KEY STAT

Ole Miss managed just 93 yards of total offense in the first half.



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Tennessee's second possession of the period saw the Vols zip from their 41-yard line to a first-and-goal at the Ole Miss 8. Two one-yard runs and a pass that was batted by Jayme Mitchell forced UT to settle for a 23-yard Wilhoit field goal and a 20-3 lead.
KEY PLAY

Riggs made a nifty 12-yard run to the Ole Miss 8-yard line, putting the Vols in position for Wilhoit's field goal.

KEY PLAYER

Riggs. The senior tailback gained 43 yards on nine carries in the quarter.

KEY STAT

With Tennessee controlling the ball, Ole Miss ran just 10 plays all quarter, gaining a mere 17 total yards.



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Tennessee reached the Ole Miss 36-yard line but Arian Foster was stopped on fourth-and-one, and the Rebels took over on downs.

Spurred by the stop, Ole Miss drove 64 yards in 11 plays to score its only touchdown of the day. The big gains were completions of 23 yards to Mike Espy, 14 yards to Taye Biddle and 16 yards to Biddle. Mico McSwain got the TD on a two-yard end sweep, narrowing the gap to 20-10 with 10:18 left to play

Tennessee marched from its 20 to the Ole Miss 21 on the ensuing possession only to see Clausen stopped short on a fourth-and-two bootleg.

Parys Haralson shook the ball loose from Spurlock on the Rebels' first snap and Antwan Stewart recovered at the Ole Miss 13-yard line. Arian Foster got the touchdown five plays later on a one-yard dive, boosting the lead to 27-10 with 2:02 remaining.

A 56-yard run by McSwain and a 12-yard scramble by Spurlock got Ole Miss to the Vol 1-yard line. Jason Allen tipped Spurlock's pass over the middle, however, and teammate Corey Campbell intercepted in the end zone with two seconds remaining.

KEY PLAY

Haralson's strip of Spurlock, and Stewart's subsequent recovery at the Rebel 13-yard line. That enabled Tennessee to extend the lead from 10 points to 17 and seal the deal.

KEY PLAYER

Haralson. On the third play of Ole Miss' final possession, he forced another Spurlock fumble, although this one was recovered by the Rebels.

KEY STAT

If you discount Mico McSwain's 56-yard jaunt in the final two minutes, Ole Miss' other 24 rushes resulted in minus-4 yards.



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Game #: 1109
Site: Knoxville
Date: Oct. 1
Conference: SECW
Coach Match-up:
For the Vols - Fulmer and for the Rebels - Orgeron


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