Vols improving in 'red zone'

Here's a statistical oddity for you: In each of their first five games this season the Tennessee Vols have made precisely five trips inside the opponent's 20-yard line, the so-called Red Zone.

After scoring on just 10 of their first 15 forays inside the 20, the Vols have produced on nine of the last 10 opportunities.

Here's a recap:

Wyoming ... 5 for 5 (3 TDs, 2 FGs)
MTSU ... 3 for 5 (2 TDs, 1 FG)
Florida ... 2 for 5 (2 TDs, 0 FG)
Rutgers ... 4 for 5 (4 TDs, 0 FG)
Arkansas ... 5 for 5 (2 TDs, 3 FGs)

All told, Tennessee has scored 19 times (13 touchdowns, 6 field goals) in 25 red-zone chances, a success rate of 76 percent.

Interestingly enough, the Vols rank No. 2 among SEC teams in red zone defense. Opponents have scored just eight times (six TDs, two FGs) in 14 forays inside the 20-yard line. That's a success rate of just 57.1 percent. And, remember, one of the TDs was quite controversial. UT had stopped Florida's Earnest Graham cold on fourth-and-goal at the 1, but he was credited with a score when he extended his arm with the ball in his hand, supposedly breaking the plane of the goal line.


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