Quarterly Report

What follows is an in-depth look at Tennessee's 41-7 blowout of Memphis Saturday afternoon at Liberty Bowl Stadium, breaking down each quarter into a recap, a key play, a key player and a key statistic.

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After forcing a three-and-out by Memphis, Tennessee marched 67 yards in 13 plays to set up a 28-yard field goal by James Wilhoit. Quinton McCrary intercepted an Erik Ainge pass and returned it 30 yards for an apparent touchdown but an offsides play against the Tigers nullified the play. The Vols were driving again as the quarter ended.
KEY PLAY

McCrary's interception. Had that play stood, the Tigers would've had a 7-3 lead and tons of momentum. Because Cory Mills was offsides, the Vols kept the lead and kept the momentum.

KEY PLAYER

Ainge. He completed 7 of 9 passes in the quarter for 50 yards.

KEY STAT

Memphis ran just six plays all quarter and gained a measley seven yards. UT ran 23 plays and gained 127 yards.



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After buying time with a scramble, Ainge hit Jayson Swain with a five-yard TD pass on the sixth play of the quarter, capping a 17-play, 97-yard drive. A LaMarcus Coker fumble near midfield stopped UT's next possession but the Vols marched from their 1-yard line to the Memphis 32, setting up a 49-yard field goal by Wilhoit with just 22 seconds left in the half.
KEY PLAY

On second and 9 at his own 2-yard line, Ainge hit Robert Meachem for 18 yards. That got the Vols off their own goal line and headed downfield for Wilhoit's second field goal.

KEY PLAYER

Meachem. He caught three balls for 69 yards in the period.

KEY STAT

Tennessee finished the half with 259 total yards. Memphis had just 44.



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Tennessee scored touchdowns on its first two possessions of the second half, widening the lead from 13-0 to 27-0. The first score came on a five-play, 68-yard drive that ended with a 51-yard TD hookup from Ainge to Swain. The second score came on a six-play 97-yard drive capped by an 84-yard connection between Ainge and Meachem. Tennessee drove to the Memphis 1-yard line on its final possession of the quarter but Montario Hardesty was stopped on three consecutive smashes from the 1-yard line.
KEY PLAY

On third-and-three at his own 49-yard line, Ainge hit Swain along the left sidelines. Swain made a nifty cutback and scored a TD that moved the lead to 20-0.

KEY PLAYER

Ainge again. He completed 5 of 6 throws for 164 yards and two TDs in the period.

KEY STAT

The Vols outgained the Tigers 224 to 15 in total yards during a dominating third-quarter performance.



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Ainge had one more TD pass in him, hitting Bret Smith with a seven-yard strike to cap a four-play, 64-yard drive that padded the lead to 34-0. Backup QB Jonathan Crompton completed 2 of 2 passes as Vol reserves drove 57 yards in seven plays, widening the gap to 41-0. With roughly 4 minutes left Memphis recovered a JaKouri Williams fumble at the Vol 21-yard line. Martin Hankins hit Duke Calhoun on the very next play to break up the shutout and conclude the scoring.
KEY PLAY

On third-and-11 at the Memphis 37-yard line Ainge hit Josh Briscoe for a 23-yard gain. After a seven-yard roughing-the-passer penalty against Memphis, Ainge found Bret Smith for his fourth TD pass of the day.

KEY PLAYER

Not applicable. This game was over by the time the fourth period started.

KEY STAT

Tennessee's 34-point victory margin was the biggest in the series since the Vols won by 39 (55-16) in 1969.



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Game #: 1121
Site: Memphis
Date: Sep. 30
Conference: USA
Coach Match-up:
For the Vols - Fulmer and for the Tigers - West


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