Vol offense is on the upswing

Tennessee's offense was painful to watch at times, but at least it made progress as the season wore on. Consider;

• Vol quarterbacks haven't thrown an interception since the Alabama game on Oct. 26. That's 102 attempts without an ''oskie.'' UT QBs threw six interceptions in the first seven games.

• UT is plus-4 ih turnover ratio the last five games. The Vols were minus-1 in the first seven games.

• Tennessee was flagged for just 19 penalties over the last four games (4.8 per game), compared to 68 in the first eight games (8.5 per game).

• Tennessee averaged better than 200 rushing yards per game in November after averaging just 129.7 per game in August, September and October.

''We became more consistent,'' head coach Phillip Fulmer said. ''We've done better from the standpoint of managing the turnover game and managing the penalty game. We've run the football better, and our goal is to be more consistent and make people have to defend the field better.''

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