The Volunteer Review First game of the season for the #23 ranked Tennessee Volunteers was a tough one, against THE Ohio Stare Buckeyes, preseason ranked 4th in the nation. Luckily for the Vols, the game took place in front of 100,000+ Volunteer faithful who even in the midst of a torrential downpour that never let up, were deafening from before kickoff And what a kickoff it was. The Vols elected to kick, which proved to be a grave mistake as OSU senior Duron Carter, took the opening kickoff 75 yards for the Bucks first score of the new season. The special team woes continued for Tenn. as after driving downfield kicker D. Washington missed a 51 yard attempt, badly. Ohio State had no such kicking issue and added a 47 yard kick that sliced through the rain to go 10-0 after one quarter of play. Tennessee's Junior Quarterback Brent Smith would respond with touchdown throws on consecutive drives, ultimately ending the 1st half down 17-14 after another Ohio State kick. The third quarter was ruled by defense for both teams as both teams failed to put up points. That is until, C. Hyde burst through Tennessee's D for is second score of the day, an 18-yarder that came with 10 seconds remaining in the third. Beginning the fourth quarter down 24 to 14, the Volunteers rallied back, first with a Brent Smith touchdown pass to Aaron Douglas, a converted Tackle, now playing Tight End. On the Bucks ensuing possession, Freshman Quarterback Lance Clark (playing in place of Junior signal caller Justin Siems who was knocked out of the game in the first half), threw a crucial pick to Senior Strong Saftey, the undisputed leader of the D Prentiss Waggner. And what a timely interception it would prove to be as with 5 minutes in the ballgame the offense took over at midfield for the go ahead drive. And after a 10 play drive the Vols hit paydirt when Smith threw his fourth and final touchdown time to halfback Toney Williams. Not out of the woods yet and clinging on to a four point lead Tennessee's D took the field with just under 2 minutes in the game needing a stop. And, they got it, for the first two plays. On third and ten Clark found Carter for a gain of 16 yards. And then, Clark found J. Jackson for 17 yards, and then Stoneburner for 5, and then Clarke rushed for four, and then Hyde rushed for five, and then Clark found Carter again for a gain of 10 yards and a first and goal. And then, finally, from his own three yard line Clark found Prentiss Waggner in the endzone. Unfortunately for Clark, Prentiss was still wearing a Tennessee jersey. And with that Ohio State's valiant effort came to an end as the true Freshman's comeback attempt came up just three yards short, and the Tennessee Volunteers upset the number 4 team in the nation, 28-24. Brent Smith, finished 26-30 for 294 yards, 4 touchdowns and 1 interception (a hail mary at the end of the first half.) Toney Williams added 19 carries for 88 yards and also had a reception for six. Wideout Zach Rogers led all Tennesse receivers with 6 receptions for 98 yards and a score. He filled in for Nukeese Richarson, number one receiver and impact player who was injured on a screen pass. Nukeese joined back up tailback David Oku, on Tennessee's injury list and neither player are expected back anytime soon. Prentiss Waggner, savior of the day, led the team in tackles with 7, to go along with his two INTs. Keith Jackson, the Junior Left Outside Linebacker also added an interception.