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Tennessee Survives Scares at Home

Discussion in 'Thread Archive' started by tothevictors56, Sep 12, 2012.

  1. tothevictors56

    tothevictors56 Walk On

    Jul 31, 2012
    The Bulldogs of Mississippi St. came roaring into Knoxville playing some of the toughest defense Tennessee had seen all year. Both teams were unable to establish any form of a run game and one of the nations best Marlin Lane was held to under 50 yards. The game was eventually decided on a long seam route by star WR Justin Hunter for a 57 yard touchdown where a bulldog defensive back misjudged the ball that led to a 17-12 Volunteer Victory.

    Bulldogs best player Jonathan Banks did his best to keep the team in the game intercepting 2 Tyler Bray passes in the 1st and 3rd quarters. Tennessee was down one of their premier playmakers when Da'Rick Rogers went out with a minor ankle injury in the first. Both teams appear to be in the elite class of the SEC this season.

    Tennessee Stats

    Tyler Bray-15/24 206 TD 2INT
    Justin Hunter- 3REC 110 YDS TD
    Brent Brewer- 9 TKLS 1SACK

    Mississippi St. Stats

    Dak Prescott- 16/32 184YDS TD INT
    Jonathan Banks- 4 TCKLS 2INTS
    Cameron Lawrence- 12 TCKLS 2TFL

    Tennessee and Alabama waged war for 60 minutes on Saturday and the Volunteers emerged through the dust in a 28-21 survival of the fittest. Both offenses worked very efficient registering 7 totals TD's but also had issues holding onto the ball with 5 turnovers.

    The difference in this one was the Tennessee's willingness to establish a strong run game, and that they did. Marlin Lane had 91 yards on 16 attempts midway through the 3rd quarter when he went out with a rib injury. One of their deepest positions, they ran out another talented back Raijon Neal who tallied another 95 yards on 12 carries including a huge touchdown down late in the third.

    Tennessee also capitalized on an injury to star Crimson Tide QB AJ McCarron who sat out the second quarter with an ankle injury which drastically slowed the Bama offense. Tennessee is emerging as a real national championship contender as we enter a important part of the schedules.

    Tennessee Stats

    Tyler Bray- 15/24 232 YDS 3TD INT
    Marlin Lane- 16car 91 YDS
    Raijon Neal- 12car 94 YDS TD
    Da'Rick Rogers- 6REC 60 YDS 2TDS
    Justin Hunter- 4REC 72 YDS

    Alabama Stats
    AJ McCarron- 16/26 245 YDS 2TD 2INT
    Eddie Lacy- 13CAR 80 YDS TD
    DeAndrew White- 4REC 82YDS
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