Quarterly Report

The following is a quarter-by-quarter recap of Vanderbilt's 28-24 defeat of Tennessee Saturday at Neyland Stadium:

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Vandy marched 69 yards in seven plays on its second possession to take a 7-0 lead. Jay Cutler hit tailback Cassen Jackson-Garrison (a Knoxville native not recruited by UT) with a 35-yard swing pass that carried to Tennessee's 24-yard line. A pass interference call against Antwan Stewart gave Vandy first-and-goal at the 2, and Garrison scored on the very next play.

The lead lasted less than a minute. Tennessee needed just three plays and 57 seconds to cover 80 yards, tying the score at 7. The drive consisted of three off-tackle runs by Arian Foster that covered 66, 8 and 6 yards.

Vandy reclaimed the lead with 18 seconds to go in the quarter when Cutler hit Marion White with a five-yard slant pass to cap a seven-play, 90-yard drive. The big gainer was a 47-yard pass to George Smith.

KEY PLAY

The pass to Smith. Vol linebacker Kevin Simon and safety Antwan Stewart got their hands on the pigskin in a three-man jump ball but Smith somehow wrested it away and turned upfield for another 25 yards. Vandy scored four plays later to go up 14-7.

KEY PLAYER

TIE: Cutler, Foster and Justin Harrell. Cutler completed 8 of 13 passes for 148 yards and a TD. Foster ran nine times for 102 yards. Harrell, a Vol defensive tackle, batted down two of Cutler's passes in the quarter.

KEY STAT

With Clausen going 0 for 4, Vandy had a 148-0 advantage in passing yards.



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UT 7 Quarter 1 00:00 14 VU
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Vanderbilt moved ahead 21-7 when Marlon White made a juggling catch at the North end zone pylon. The play was reviewed but the six-yard TD stood. The controversial score capped an 11-play, 80-yard drive fueled by a 22-yard pass from Cutler to Bennett and a 17-yard run by Jackson-Garrison.

With halftime approaching, UT coach Phil Fulmer decided to go for it on fourth-and-four at Vanderbilt's 29-yard line. Clausen hit Foster with a six-yard pass and later hit Chris Hannon on a five-yard slant to cap a 16-play, 70-yard TD drive.

KEY PLAY

The fourth-and-four pass to Foster on a simple hook route out of the backfield. Five plays later Clausen found Hannon, narrowing the gap to 21-14.

KEY PLAYER

After going 0 for 4 in the first period, Clausen was 5 of 6 for 35 yards and a TD in the second.

KEY STAT

Vanderbilt's Cutler burned UT for 200 passing yards in the first half.



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Tennessee took the second-half kickoff and marched into Commodore territory before two foul-ups by UT receivers killed the drive. Robert Meachem dropped a perfectly thrown 41-yard pass at Vandy's 5-yard line. Two plays later Hannon had another strike ricochet off his shoulder pads near the 25. The ball then bounced off Vandy's Jonathan Goff and into the arms of teammate Reshard Langford, who returned the interception 20 yards.

Midway through the period Jonathan Hefney appeared headed for a 67-yard punt return touchdown only to be tripped up from behind at Vandy's 24-yard line after a 43-yard runback. Tennessee eventually drove to the Commodore three-yard line but Foster was stopped on fourth-and-one.

Tennessee got the ball back at its 46-yard line. A 26-yard pass from Clausen to Foster helped Tennessee reach Vandy's one-yard line as the quarter ended.

KEY PLAY

The failed passes to Meachem and Hannon. Meachem's drop cost UT a touchdown that would've tied the score at 21-all. Hannon's inability to reel in Clausen's next throw cost the Vols possession of the ball.

KEY PLAYER

Hefney. Although the Vols failed to score following his 43-yard punt return, they gained field position that would enable them to score on their next possession.

KEY STAT

Cutler completed just 3 of 7 passes for 14 yards in the quarter.



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Foster dived over from a yard out on the first play of the period, tying the score at 21-all.

Hefney returned Vandy's next punt 22 yards, and a 17-yard run by Foster set up James Wilhoit's 29-yard field goal that gave UT its first lead of the day, 24-21.

Vandy advanced to midfield before stalling, then punted the ball away on fourth-and-two with 4:44 to play. Three Foster runs netted just nine yards, however, and the Vols punted the ball back with 3:03 to play.

Two incompletions and a seven-yard sack by Justin Harrell forced Vandy to punt again with 2:15 remaining. The Vols ran three plays that consumed just 35 seconds, though, then punted the ball back to Vandy with 1:40 left.

Cutler hit Bennett for gains of 15 and 31 yards to the UT 17-yard line. A pass interference call on Inky Johnson advanced the ball to Tennessee's five-yard line, then Cutler hit Bennett on a quick slant for a TD that put Vandy on top 28-24 with 1:11 to play.

Tennessee started its final possession at the 20-yard line. A roughing-the-passer penalty and a 31-yard strike from Clausen to Jayson Swain helped UT advance to Vandy's 17-yard line with 35 seconds left. Under duress, Clausen scrambled rather than throw the ball away. This gained six yards but cost the Vols 21 seconds. When Clausen subsequently tried to stop the clock by spiking the ball at the 11-yard line, Tennessee was flagged for delay of game. (The official had not signalled the ball ready for play when it was snapped.)

After slightly overthrowing tight end Chris Brown and wideout Bret Smith on consecutive passes into the end zone, Clausen's desperation throw on the game's final play was intercepted at the goal line by Vandy's Jared Fagan, sealing the outcome.

KEY PLAY

The pass interference call against Johnson. Vandy might've been content to settle for a game-tying field goal until that costly penalty moved the ball to UT's five-yard line.

KEY PLAYER

Bennett. The flashy freshman had three catches on Vandy's game-winning TD drive, accounting for 51 of the 63 yards on the march.

KEY STAT

Vandy was deathly efficient inside the red zone, turning four opportunities into four touchdowns. Tennessee managed three TDs and a field goal in six red-zone opportunities.



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UT 24 Quarter 4 00:00 28 VU
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Game #: 1115
Site: Knoxville
Date: Nov. 19
Conference: SECE
Coach Match-up:
For the Vols - Fulmer and for the Commodores - Johnson


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