Quarterly Report

What follows is a quarter-by-quarter recap of Tennessee's 20-10 defeat of Vanderbilt Saturday in Nashville:

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Wasting no time, Tennessee's offense turned the ball over on the second scrimmage play. Jonathan Crompton's first pass was picked off by Vanderbilt's Myron Lewis at the Vol 34-yard line. The UT defense held, however, and Vandy wound up punting the ball. After a three-and-out on UT's second possession, Crompton was replaced by redshirt freshman B. J. Coleman.
KEY PLAY

Tennessee blew a golden scoring opportunity when an 18-yard pass from Coleman to Lucas Taylor that carried to the Vandy 26-yard line was nullified by an illegal formation penalty. It seems Vol tackle Chris Scott was not quite on the line of scrimmage before the snap.

KEY PLAYER

Vol tailback Lennon Creer. He carried on the final three snaps of the quarter, posting gains of 11, 8 and 12 yards. These runs culminated in a second-quarter TD.

KEY STAT

Neither team registered a passing yard. Tennessee was 0 for 2 throwing, Vandy 0 for 0. The Vols had 52 rushing yards, Vandy 9.



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Continuing a drive begun late in the first quarter, Tennessee capped a nine-play scoring march with an eight-yard Montario Hardesty touchdown run to go up 7-0 with 11:25 left in the period. After a short Vandy punt, Hardesty rambled 27 yards to set up a 25-yard Daniel Lincoln field goal that padded the lead to 10-0. Four plays later, Eric Berry intercepted a Chris Nickson pass and returned it 45 yards for a TD that widened the gap to 17-0. Seconds before halftime, Brent Vinson returned a Mackenzi Adams pass 69 yards to set up a 24-yard Lincoln field goal that boosted the score to 20-0.
KEY PLAY

On third and four at the Vanderbilt 27-yard line, Coleman gained 10 yards on a quarterback draw. The Vols scored their only offensive TD of the game three plays later.

KEY PLAYER

Berry. His 45-yard interception return turned a 10-0 lead into a 17-0 bulge and quieted the Vandy crowd.

KEY STAT

Vandy's 25 first-half plays gained a mere 25 net yards. The Commodores were just 1 of 7 on third-down conversion tries.



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Vanderbilt marched to the UT 14-yard line on its first possession of the second half and Bryant Hahnfeldt booted a 31-yard field goal that whittled Tennessee's lead to 20-3. Late in the quarter Reshard Langford picked off a Coleman pass in the right flat and returned it 42 yards for a TD that narrowed the gap to 20-10.
KEY PLAY

Lankford's touchdown return. Given how poorly Vanderbilt's offense was playing, a defensive score was the only way the Commodores could get back in the game.

KEY PLAYER

Adams. He provided a spark by completing 4 of 7 passes for 36 yards on Vandy's field goal drive.

KEY STAT

Tennessee used four quarterbacks in the quarter - Coleman, Crompton, Gerald Jones (in the G-Gun) and Eric Berry (in the Wild Berry). None was effective.



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A fumble by Lennon Creer gave Vanderbilt the ball at its 41-yard line but the Vol defense again rose to the occasion and forced a punt. Vandy drove to the UT 39-yard line on its next possession but came up a yard short on a fourth-and-10 pass from Adams to Sean Walker. The Commodores drove to the Vol 20-yard line in the final seconds only to see a Chris Walker sack seal their doom on the game's final play.
KEY PLAY

A seven-yard sack by Vol defensive tackle Dan Williams killed the Vandy drive following Creer's fumble. A Commodore score there could've led to a different outcome altogether.

KEY PLAYER

Vol tailback Arian Foster. He had gains of 17 and 22 yards that helped UT notch some first downs, eat some clock and wipe out Vandy's comeback hopes.

KEY STAT

Tennessee now has beaten Vanderbilt 25 times in the past 26 meetings.



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Game #: 1154
Site: Nashville
Date: Nov. 22
Conference: SECE
Coach Match-up:
For the Vols - Fulmer and for the Commodores - Johnson


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