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Tennessee's D Ground Garica en route to 51-14 Win

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  1. joshwitt

    joshwitt Walk On

    May 30, 2011
    AP (Knoxville, TN) The Tennessee Volunteers' defense showed up to play on Saturday, holding the #9 South Carolina Gamecocks to only 14 points. 3 interceptions, 1 fumble, 6 sacks and 3 defensive touchdowns spanned the box score, making defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox a happy man. "Well, we really came to play today. I was very impressed with how we got after the ball. If we could only have figured out how to keep Garcia from running on us." commented Wilcox.

    The Volunteer offense didn't have to do much, but executed multiple big plays when needed. Tyler Bray had a bad day if you look at the box score, but accomplished what needed to be done to win. His 4-10 for 148 yards, 1 TD and 2 INT doesn't look great on paper, but both of his passes to Justin Hunter were audibled to at the line, both going for long yards, 1 for a touchdown.

    Rajion Neal and Tauren Poole again shared the load at running back, both running for 113 yards. The offensive line opened up huge holes for each back, as they both rattled off 50+ yard touchdown runs.

    The star of the day, however, was the defense. Marsalis Teague had two interceptions, returning one for a touchdown. Prentiss Wagner took his only interception to the house, over 70 yards down the sideline to end a potential scoring drive, and Marlon Walls recovered a fumble for a touchdown to seal the victory.

    The lone question mark of the day was Coach Josh Witt's decision to kick a field goal with under a minute left rather than turning the ball over on downs and letting the clock run out. Witt had this to say "Spurrier would've done it in the 90's to Fulmer" referencing SC Coach Steve Spurrier's dominance of Fulmer while at Florida in the 90's. There is obviously still a lack of admiration between the Volunteers and Spurrier.

    The Vols, now 5-3, host Auburn next week, then go on the road to face an undefeated Arkansas squad, before ending the season with Kentucky and Vanderbilt.


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