Vols must pass better vs. UK

Tennessee's first score proved to be plenty Saturday in a 24-0 pasting of hapless Vanderbilt but the Vols may need to score points in bunches this weekend against Kentucky. The Big Orange will surely have to muster more than the 129 passing yards they mustered against the Commodores.

''We had some opportunities to make big plays in the passing game and we just didn't make them,'' Vol quarterback Casey Clausen said. ''Definitely, against Kentucky we've got to make some plays.... We moved the ball (against Vandy) but you've got to score touchdowns, especially against a team like Kentucky.''

Tennessee's ground game piled up a season-high 242 yards against the Commodores but the passing attack just never quite clicked. Freshman Jonathan Wade made a couple of nice catches but dropped what would've been a 53-yard touchdown bomb. Tony Brown made some nice grabs, as well, but dropped a pass on third-and-five at the Vandy 10-yard line that forced Tennessee to settle for a field goal.

''We need some guys other than Jason (Witten) to step up and make plays in the passing game,'' Clausen said. ''That's been our problem pretty much the whole year.''


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