Quarterly Report

Here's a quarter-by-quarter recap of Tennessee's 20-16 defeat of Memphis Saturday at Neyland Stadium:

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Memphis marched from its 19-yard line to the Vol 26 on its second possession, taking a 3-0 lead when Stephen Gostkowski nailed a 43-yard field goal.

On the second play of UT's ensuing possession, Brandon McDonald returned an Erik Ainge interception 37 yards to the Tennessee 25-yard line. The defense held, however, and Memphis settled for a 37-yard Gostkowski field goal and a 6-0 lead.

Ainge threw another interception on the fourth play of UT's next possession but it was nullified by a roughing-the-passer penalty.

DeAngelo Williams, the NCAA rushing leader at 184.5 yards per game, did not play due to a sore ankle.

KEY PLAY

Rod Smith intercepted Ainge's final pass of the quarter and returned it to the Memphis 46-yard line. The Tigers already led 6-0 and would've been in great shape to build on that lead. Fortunately for UT, the Oskie was negated by the roughing-the-passer call.

KEY PLAYER

Maurice Avery. Memphis' elusive quarterback completed 5 of 10 passes for 51 yards and rushed four times for another 13.

KEY STAT

Ainge three four first-quarter passes. Tennessee caught one of them and Memphis caught two. He was benched shortly thereafter.



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Memphis went 85 yards on its first possession of the period, scoring on a four-yard scramble by Avery to go up 13-0. The Tigers had three consecutive big gainers on the drive -- a 19-yard run by Joseph Doss, a 17-yard completion from Avery to Maurice Jones and an 18-yard end-around by Taz Knockum.

A 36-yard punt return by Jonathan Hefney gave Tennessee the ball at its 44-yard line. Rick Clausen marched UT 56 yards in three plays, the big gainer being a 39-yard touchdown pass to freshman Josh Briscoe.

Tennessee got the ball back at its 6-yard line with 1:56 left to intermission. Clausen hit Robert Meachem for 15 yards and Cory Anderson for back-to-back gains of 21 and 14 yards to the the Tiger 15-yard line. Clausen then hit C.J. Fayton with a 15-yard strike 4 seconds shy of halftime. James Wilhoit's PAT gave UT its first lead of the game, 14-13.

KEY PLAY

The 39-yard TD pass to Briscoe. Tennessee's offense had shown no life to that point and desperately needed a spark. Briscoe's diving catch provided it.

KEY PLAYER

Clausen. His stats for the quarter included 9 of 14 passing for 146 yards and two touchdowns.

KEY STAT

Ainge's four first-half possessions netted 47 yards and zero points. Clausen's three possessions netted 171 yards and 14 points.



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Vol end Parys Haralson scooped up an Avery fumble and rambled 17 yards downfield but was stripped from behind by Avery. Memphis recovered at its 49-yard line.

The Tigers got another big break moments later, when a roughing-the-passer penalty on UT's Kevin Simon nullified a third-and-five incompletion. Memphis retained possession and wound up getting a 35-yard field goal that put it back on top 16-14.

KEY PLAY

Haralson recovering a fumble and losing a fumble on the same play. Had he held onto the ball, UT would've had a first and 10 in Tiger territory. Instead, Memphis got the ball back and wound up getting three points to reclaim the lead.

KEY PLAYER

Gostkowski. His field goal was the only semblance of offense in the entier quarter.

KEY STAT

UT netted just 21 yards of total offense in the period. Seven rushes gained six yards and Clausen completed just 2 of 6 passes for 15 yards.



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Tennessee moved from its 30-yard line to the Memphis 11, at which point Wilhoit booted a 28-yard field goal that put UT on top 17-16. The big plays were a third-and-nine pass to Fayton that gained 16 yards and a 24-yard strike to Meachem that advanced the ball to Memphis' 19-yard line. Arian Foster caught a swing pass on third-and-10 at the Tiger 19-yard line and appeared headed for a touchdown until he inexplicably tripped at the 11, forcing the Vols to settle for 3 instead of 7.

Phil Fulmer decided to "go for it" on fourth-and-inches at the Memphis 45-yard line with around 4:45 to play. Clausen sneaked for the needed yardage. Foster subsequently rambled 21 yards on a third-and-27 at Memphis' 38-yard line, setting up a 34-yard field goal by Wilhoit that padded the lead to 20-16 with 41 seconds to play.

KEY PLAY

Foster's 21-yard burst got UT back in field-goal range and enabled Tennessee to bump the lead from one point to four points. That left the Tigers needing a touchdown to win, not a field goal.

KEY PLAYER

Wilhoit. The Vol kicker connected on clutch field goals of 28 and 34 yards to produce the go-ahead and clinching scores.

KEY STAT

Tennessee kept the ball 11:09 of the final quarter, Memphis just 4:51. Also, UT limited Memphis to 32 fourth-quarter yards, 22 of those coming on an Avery scramble.



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Game #: 1114
Site: Knoxville
Date: Nov. 12
Conference: USA
Coach Match-up:
For the Vols - Fulmer and for the Tigers - West


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