How UT's future foes fared

The Tennessee football team's next three opponents all posted victories over the weekend.

Alabama posted an impressive win at Ole Miss, South Carolina nipped visiting Kentucky and Memphis dusted visiting Texas-El Paso. Interestingly enough, the Vols' final three regular-season foes of 2009 - Ole Miss, Vanderbilt and Kentucky - were all victims on Saturday.

Here's a look at how each of UT's remaining opponents fared:

- Alabama (Saturday in Tuscaloosa). The Tide (6-0, 3-0) limited Jevan Snead to 11 completions in 34 attempts for 140 yards and intercepted him four times en route to a 22-3 victory at Ole Miss. Mark Ingram rushed 28 times for 172 yards to pace the Bama offense and Leigh Tiffin hit field goals of 25, 21, 22, 21 and 31 yards.

- South Carolina (Oct. 31 in Knoxville). The Gamecocks (5-1, 2-1) foiled a potential game-tying two-point conversion try with 4:34 remaining to seal a 28-26 defeat of Kentucky. Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia saw his streak of 124 passes without an interception end but finished 16 of 23 for 233 yards and three touchdowns. Counting 12 years at Florida, Steve Spurrier now stands 17-0 vs. Kentucky.

- Memphis (Nov. 7 in Knoxville). The Tigers (2-4) discovered a new offense on Saturday, and his name is Curtis Steele. Steele played a workhorse role, carrying 39 times for 240 yards and two touchdowns, as Memphis beat Texas-El Paso 35-20. Will Hudgens complemented Steele by completing 19 of 33 passes for 216 yards and three TDs. The Tiger defense limited UTEP to 2 of 12 on third-down conversions, even though Trevor Vittatoe completed 21 of 40 pass attempts for 319 yards.

- Ole Miss (Nov. 14 in Oxford). The Rebels (3-2, 1-2) were 0 for 9 on third-down conversions and managed just 72 rushing yards - a shockingly low total for a Houston Nutt-coached team - in a 22-3 loss to visiting Alabama. The Rebels were outgained 354-212 in total yards and lost the time of possession battle 38:19 to 21:41.

- Vanderbilt (Nov. 21 in Knoxville) The Commodores (2-4, 0-3) self-destructed with three turnovers and 12 penalties in a 16-13 overtime loss at Army. Vandy's Warren Norman fumbled at the 1-yard line on the first possession of overtime, then the Black Knights kicked a game-winning 42-yard field goal on their possession.

- Kentucky (Nov. 28 in Lexington). The Wildcats (2-3, 0-3) gave No. 25 South Carolina fits before bowing 28-26 in Columbia. Mike Hartline completed 9 of 14 passes for 139 yards before suffering a knee sprain in the third quarter. Backup QB Will Fidler completed just 2 of 8 passes for 16 yards after replacing Hartline.


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