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Game 1 recap: Tennessee 42 NC State 7
Tyler Bray starts off the season on fire, going 19-21 for 270 yards and 4 TDs. David Oku joins in on the fun as he racks up 117 yards on 25 carries and 2 touchdowns of his own while phenom wide receiver Da Rick Rogers accounts for all 4 of Bray's touchdowns, catching 5 balls for 79 yards. The defense plays lights out, limiting opposing QB Mike Glennon to a 16-30 passing performance with an interception. HB Brandon Barnes didn't fare much better on the ground, accounting for only 37 yards, but was able to score the only TD for NC State on the day.
Game 2 recap: Tennessee 52 Nebraska 38
In a game that was filled with big offensive plays, both defenses seemed unable to stop the opposing offense as the teams combined for 90 points on the day. Tyler Bray continues to lead the Vols offense, throwing for 6 touchdowns on the day (although he did throw his first interception of the year in this game). Da Rick Rogers was simply unstoppable today, going for an incredible 243 yards and 2 TDs on only 6 catches as the Nebraska defense continually left him with 1-on-1 coverage and Bray found him constantly deep downfield. Matt Milton was able to add 9 catches himself for 131 yards and 2 touchdowns as the 2 WRs really flexed their muscles against the Nebraska secondary today. The Tennessee defense really struggled on the day, especially against the run as they allowed Rex Burkhead to rush for 186 yards on only 25 carries, including a 96 yard scamper after a punt had left Nebraska deep in their own territory. QB Cody Green was also able to carve up the Tennessee defense, going 23-35 for 330 yards and 4 touchdowns. However, middle linebacker Nigel MitcllThrnton continued to impress, accounting for 8 tackles and a forced fumble on the day. Tennessee moves to 2-0 on the season and cracks into the top 25 for the first time in a long while.
Game 3: Tennessee 49 Oklahoma 17
"Tennessee go on the road and record most impressive win of the year for the team to date, clobbering #10 Oklahoma"
Tyler Bray continues to do just enough leading the team to victories, going 16-26 for 246 yards for 3 TDs and another interception (2nd straight game with 1). Da Rick Rogers continues his stellar start to the year with 4 catches for 74 yards and another TD. David Oku was able to have an impressive game on the ground as well, getting his 2nd 100+ yard rushing performance of the year with his 17 carry 108 yard performance. The defense did "just" enough, although Terrance Thompson did go 27-37 on the day for 321 yards, although the team did limit the Sooners to 17 points, which is all that mattered.
Next week the Vols start SEC play as they play the Florida Gators.
Game 5 Recap: Tennessee 38 Miss State 10
After 1 week hiatus in which his team was embarrassed by Florida, Coach Zikry returns and hands Miss State their first loss of the year. The team played with a chip on their shoulders, and were flying around on both sides of the ball today. The scoring started early for the Vols, as they decided to receive the ball off the kickoff and on 3rd and long from the Miss State 42, Tyler Bray dropped back and hit a strike to Robbie Wright, who had beat the coverage and was able to run it in the rest of the way, 7-0 Vols. After forcing Miss State to punt Tennessee were able to score again, when on yet another 3rd and long Coley White (Stepping in for Bray who had the wind knocked out of him) hit Marsalis Teague in stride as he was able to break a tackle and take it to the house for a 49 yard TD, 14-0 Vols.
Tennessee made it 3 for 3 in the 2nd quarter as their 3rd drive ended with a 3rd touchdown, this time thanks to a David Oku 8 yard run. Miss State was able to answer back though, as they scored 10 unanswered to end the half, first thanks to a beautiful 30 yard catch by Chad Bumphis, and with no time left a 20 yard field goal made the score 21-10 at the half.
With Miss State starting with the ball in the 2nd half, the crowd felt that their team could get back into the game. But any hopes of a quick comeback were dashed, as DE Jacques Smith took a pick 6 from 45 yards out to extend the Vol lead to 18, 28-10. The very next Miss State possession ended the exact same way, as free safety Prentiss Waggner intercepted Tyler Russell and returned it 34 yards for the score, putting Tennessee up 35-10. A 46 yard field goal at the end of the quarter would be all the scoring in this one, as the Tennessee defense was able to hold Miss State scoreless in the 2nd half.
QB Tyler Bray: 8-11, 113 yards, 1 TD
HB David Oku: 14 carries, 53 yards, 1 TD
ROLB Herman Lathers: 6 tackles
CB Eric Gordon: 5 tackles
*Tennessee moves to 4-1 on the season, as they look to crack into the top 15 next week (current rank - #16). Next week Tennessee stays on the road as they head to Georgia to face the top ranked team in the nation.
Game 6 Recap: Tennessee 37 Georgia 35
*Vols go into Georgia and get MAJOR scalp, ousting #1 Georgia in epic battle*
In a game where the Vols could not afford to lose (due to the fact they already had a SEC loss courtesy of Florida) Tennessee would go into Georgia and come away with a tough 2 point win. If the fans were coming in expecting a defensive game, boy were they wrong, as both teams combined to score 72 points and at times it seemed like either offense was able to do whatever they wanted. Tennessee raced out to a 10-0 lead, as they would strike quick and fast as the Vols were facing a 3rd and 10 and instead of playing it safe and trying for the first down Tyler Bray wanted it all, and he was successful as he hit Matt Milton on a 75 yard pass and catch. The Vols would force a quick 3 and out for Georgia before they marched down the field again but had to settle for a 26 yard field goal. 10-0 Vols after 1 quarter.
Georgia would respond in the 2nd as Carlton Thomas would take it in from 1 yard out, 10-7. Tennessee would put up 10 unanswered yet again as a 38 yard pass to Ted Meline was followed by a 33 yard field goal with 57 seconds left in the half, 20-7 Tennessee. Georgia would not give up on the half however and struck QUICK as Aaron Murray found Nate Andrews on a 85 yard bomb as Andrews just raced by the Vols secondary, 20-14. With 44 seconds left, some might have thought the Vols would be happy going into the half with a 6 point lead, but knowing how dangerous the Georgia offense was, The Vols knew they needed to score before the end of the half as Tyler Bray came out slinging and with 12 seconds left he would find Ted Meline for a 51 yard touchdown to give the Vols a 27-14 lead heading into halftime.
The third quarter was a rather quiet affair in terms of scoring as Georgia put up the only points thanks to a 4 yard run by Carlton Thomas, 27-21 Tennessee.
The 4th quarter started with Tennessee going up by 13 yet again as Bray would hit David Oku on the flat and with the Georgia defense blitzing Oku was able to take it in for a 57 yard score, 34-21. Georgia would respond in typical fashion thanks to a 1 yard run by guess who, Carlton Thomas to narrow the gap to 6 yet again. With 1:19 left in the game, Tennessee would take a 9 point lead thanks to a 38 yard field goal, but Georgia were able to pass it down the field in a hurry and with 32 seconds left Aaron Murray would find his favorite target on the day, Tight End Orson Charles, for a 5 yard score to bring Georgia to within two points, 37-35. However, with the onside kick being unsuccessful the Vols were able to knee it out and walk off with an impressive victory.
Player of the Game:
QB Tyler Bray (Tenn) - was on fire today and really had his way with the Georgia defense even with the run game struggling today. Bray ended the day 16-23 for 358 yards, 4 TDs, and 1 INT.
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