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  1. Noknee

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    Knoxville enters the Noknee era under a shootout win!

    The Kentucky Wildcats (2-1) came in as the #14 ranked team in the country, and looked to start the Volunteers on a sour note under the reign of their new coach. Coach Noknee was unceremoniously fired by the Notre Dame Fighting Irish for failing to uphold the standards expected of him as their coach both on and off the field. It's no surprise that the Volunteers had an offensive explosion even with only a week to prepare under the new regime.

    The first quarter started out poorly for both offenses as they exchanged punts on their first possessions of the game. Kentucky would get things started with a 25 yard TD run by Jerrell Green. The Volunteer Nation would look to respond but a case of butter fingers by Tennessee's Chris Douglas would result in a pick at the 25 yard line. From there, Wildcat QB Ryan Mossakowski would lead them down the field and hit Jacob Smith in the corner of the end zone to give them a 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

    The second quarter belonged to only one player on the field really, and that was Tennessee's Rogers. The senior wide receiver was unstoppable scoring 4 TDs in this quarter to re-energize the crowd, and give Tennessee the lead. Here are the last two TDs of the half that were scored in 49 seconds by Rogers.

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    UK would score a 62 yard bomb of their own but it was the last time they saw the lead before UT would carry it into halftime up 28-21.

    The third quarter opened up with a bang when WR Chris Douglas made a selfless play by breaking 3 tackles to run up the sideline and pitching it to James Green before being tackled. Green would run it in for the score and the play can be seen here.

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    UT would pull away with a pair of long runs by Joey Oliver to make the lead nearly insurmountable at the end of the third with the Volunteers up 49-21.

    Kentucky's spread option run game gave the defense fits all day and it was even more apparent in the 4th quarter that the Tennessee defense was getting run down. Jerrell Green ran for 199 yards for the Wildcats, and had back to back TD drives in the 4th quarter to cut the deficit to a mere 14 points.
    His best runs of the day were two 68 yard runs in the 4th that can be seen here.

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    The Tennessee offense would feed Oliver the entire second half and relied on him to put the proverbial nail in the coffin when his 3 yard TD run with under 2 minutes to go would seal the deal, and start a new legacy at UT, one that hopes to be filled with championship trophies.

    Final Score
    Kentucky Wildcats 35
    Tennessee Volunteers 56

    Players of the Game
    UK - Jerrell Green 17 Car, 199 Yds, 3 TD
    UT - Joey Oliver 33 Car, 280 Yds, 3 TD

    Other Notable UT players
    Brent Smith - 14-25, 342 Yds, 5 TD 1 INT
    Zach Rogers - 4 Rec, 139 yards, 4 TD
    James Green - 3 Rec, 95 Yds, 1 TD

    Next Week: vs. Louisville (2-1)
     
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    The Tennessee Volunteers improve to 3-1 as the beat the Louisville Cardinals in Neyland stadium 37-27 in a game that was closer than the score indicated.

    The Volunteers struggled out of the gate early for the second time in 2 weeks. On the first possession by Lousville Cardinal they were able to put it in the end zone due to poor tackling by the Volunteer defense. 3 broken tackles by W. Curtis showed great individual effort to get into the end zone on a slant route thrown by J. Starks. The Volunteers and the Cardinals would exchange punts on the next two possessions. The Tennessee offense heated up thanks to a punishing ground game up the middle by Joey Oliver. Oliver would tie the score at the end of the first quarter 7-7.

    Lousville would open the second quarter with a quick TD of 67 yards by running back J. Wright. Tennessee would fight back and cut the deficit in half on the very next possession thanks to this 9 yard TD run by Oliver

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    Lousiville would take the halftime lead pf 21-14 however with a 37 yard swing pass to Wright. It would however be the last TD Lousville would score on the day as they would struggle offensively in the second half.

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    Tennessee would turn the offensive fire power on in the second half as Oliver gashed the Cardinals defense on a 50 yard TD run. Lousville would struggle to put together a drive in the second half, however a costly turnover by the Volunteers' QB Smith changed the momentum of the game.

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    Tennessee's defense tightened up as they were able to hold the Louisville offense to only a FG when given the ball on the 8. This was a huge momentum boost and the Tennessee offense responded by taking their first lead of the game on a 62 yard reception by Zach Rogers from Smith. The score at the end of the 3rd quarter was 28-24 UT.

    The 4th quarter would be a defensive battle until the final 2 minutes of the game. K. Darby who has had a quiet season all year broke out on a play action pass to put the Volunteers up 2 scores with under 2 minutes remaining.

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    This Lousville Cardinals were not completely out of it yet. A good kickoff return put them in FG range, and after 3 straight incompletions, D. Carter would cut the lead to 8 on a 51 yard FG with a little over a minute remaining. After using all the failed onside kick, UT would run 3 times forcing Lousville to use their remaining timeouts. A beautiful punt by Tennessee pinned the Cardinals on their own 2. The very next play would put the game completely out of reach and result in a 37-27 win for the Vols.

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    Players of the Game
    UL - J. Wright - 28 carries 168 yards 1 TD
    UT - Joey Oliver - 24 carries 153 yards 3 TD

    Other Notable UT players
    Brent Smith - 19-31 297 yards 2 TD
    Zach Rogers - 7 receptions 128 yards 1 TD

    Next Week: @#24 UGA
     
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    An all time classic football game occurred this week between the hedges in Sanford stadium. The Tennessee Volunteers (4-1) emerged victorious against the Georgia Bulldogs (1-4) in a 5 OT thriller 73-71 after a 2 point conversion pass fell innocently to the turf sealing the game. The game has been considered one of the best of the last 5 years, and possibly the absolute best.

    The offensive scorefest started sluggish for both teams on offense. The Bulldogs who were forced into a 3rd down passing down where Dahl had his first pick of the game and both of them were key. Here's the first that led to a Tennessee FG.

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    The Volunteers forced a punt on UGA's next possession. The Volunteer offense moved the ball swiftly down the field before sputtering in the red zone and settling for another FG. The first quarter would end 6-0 UT.

    The second quarter would prove to be slightly better for UGA as they would get on the board and take the lead with a little over 2 minutes left to play on a 6 yard run by M. Young. Tennessee would strike right back scoring with under 20 seconds to go to take a halftime lead of 13-7.

    Tennessee would get the ball to start the second half but they wouldn't have it for long. As a bad read by Brent Smith led to this interception return by P. Cade to give the Bulldogs a 13-7 lead.

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    UT would counter with a a drive headed mainly by Oliver's ground attack and would get the 2 point conversion as well to make it a 21-14 lead. The third quarter would end however on an UGA touchdown drive of which was capped of by a 2 yard TD run by Johnson. They would enter the fourth quarter knotted at 21.

    Tennessee looked to be unstoppable on offense making short work by utilizing the passing game to Green and Rogers as the main recipients. It would end in another Oliver TD run which would give UT a 7 point edge. However it wouldn't be enjoyed for long as the Volunteers would have 2 missed tackles and N. Wall for Georgia would find a crease and return it 96 yards on the ensuing kickoff for a TD. Another interception by Smith gave Georgia short field position and it would eventually give Georgia the lead of 35-28. UT would collect itself on offense and Smith would hit Tight End Hall for the tying score. UGA would drive down the field to setup a game winning FG but Dahl had his second interception on this play that gave Tennessee its own chance to win.

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    Tennessee would drive down to the 26 before Brent Smith took a sack on 2nd down to push the FG range back to a 51 yarder. UT kicker Washington fought off the nerves and kicked a beautiful accurate kick that was just 2 yards short of being the game winner. This game was headed into extra frames tied at 35-35.

    UGA would win the coin flip and go on defense first. UT and UGA would trade TDs in the first OT. In the second OT UGA would score on a 10 yard pass that gave them a 7 point lead. After another Oliver TD run the Volunteers came out looking to go for the win right then and there. Coach Noknee called timeout before the play went off however and he changed his mind electing to kick the FG and go into the next overtime. Neither defense could stop the other in the next 2 OTs. All of the 2 point conversions were converted as well which looked like the game could go on infinitely the way the 2 offenses were in a groove.
    In the 5th OT, UT would look to its Tight End across the middle on a crossing route which would give them a 6 point lead, a 2 point conversion pass extended the lead to 8. Here's the TD pass:

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    The pressure was on the Bulldogs to keep it going. They performed well driving it down the field before Johnson would run it in for his last TD of the game. With the score 73-71 UGA went to the air to beat the Volunteers weak pass defense. A pass over the middle was incomplete, however there was laundry on the field. The Volunteer defender was said to have made contact prior to the receiver touching the ball and it was declared defensive pass interference. Coach Noknee threw down his headset and broke it in disgust at the call. He was seen waving his arms at the ref and screaming at the top of his lungs, but there was still football left to play. The last play of the game UT finally got some pressure, and a DB came up to try and prevent the QB run in. The hesitation led to to the UT defense being able to catchup to the speedy QB Young and force him to throw up a bad ball. It fell to the ground and the Volunteers were able to escape with the victory.

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    Players of the Game
    UT - Joey Oliver 30 Car, 169 yards, 4 TDs
    UGA - A. Johnson 20 Car, 82 yards, 3 TD

    Notable UT Players
    Brent Smith - 29-42 390 yards, 4 TD 2 INT
    M. Dahl - 6 Tackles, 1 Sack, 2 INT
    S. Hall - 5 Receptions, 89 yards, 2 TD

    Notable UGA Players
    M. Young - 23-30, 260 yards, 4 TD 2 INT
    P. Davis - 6 Receptions, 88 yards 1 TD

    Next week: Bye
     
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    The University of Tennessee Volunteers continue to roll after a very competitive first half they were able to pull away from the Ole Miss Rebels in the second half. Joey Oliver was the star of this game for the University of Tennessee offense, while Barksdale for the Rebels proved why he deserves All American consideration. The two teams put on an offensive display in the first half combining for 63 points in the first half. Unfortunately for the Rebels after a halftime ripping by Coach Noknee, his defense stepped up and outscored them in the second half 28-0. The Volunteers improve to 5-1 on the season and here's some of the highlights

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    Players of the Game
    UT - Joey Oliver - 24 Car, 216 Yds, 3 Rec 88 Yds, 1-1 27 Yds, 4 Total TD
    UM - D. Barksdale - 26 Car, 233 Yds, 3 TD

    Notable Tennessee players
    Brent Smith - 16-25, 343 Yds, 4 TD
    C. Douglas - 5 Receptions, 128 Yds, 1 TD
    Zach Rogers - 3 Receptions, 96 Yds, 3 TD
     
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    The University of Tennessee Volunteers curb stomped the Alabama Crimson Tide this past Saturday in the heated rivalry game. The game was close in the first half but UT took the lead and never looked back, completely pulling away in the second half. Brent Smith went down for the Volunteers in the third quarter but by then it was too late for the Crimson Tide to make a real comeback effort. His prognosis his good, and he should be back next week for the top ten showdown against LSU. Oliver once again had an outstanding game on offense rushing for over 200 yards for the 3rd consecutive week. Douglas and Rogers continued their receiving hot streak combining for 290 yards and 2 TDs. Here are some of the highlights

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    Players of the Game
    UA - J. Carter - 14 Tackles
    UT - Joey Oliver - 22 Car, 237 Yards, 4 TD

    Notable UT players
    Brent Smith - 16/26, 355 Yards, 3 TD
    Zach Rogers - 4 Receptions, 137 Yards, 1 TD
    C. Douglars - 7 Receptions, 153 Yards, 1 TD

    Next Week: vs. #7 LSU
     
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    UT bounces back against a humbling defeat vs LSU last week by beating the Mississippi State Bulldogs this week. MSU put up a strong first half before running out of gas in the last 2 quarters. They took a 14-7 lead in the first quarter but they're lack of experience in big games showed as they were unable to come away with the upset. Strong games by Heisman candidate Oliver and star WR Zach Rogers led to the Volunteers pulling away in the 4th quarter. Here are the highlights.


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    Players of the Game
    UT - Joey Oliver - 27 carries, 244 yards, 3 TD
    MSU - T. Russell - 19-33, 374 yards, 4 TD

    Other notable UT players
    Brent Smith - 24-36, 410 Yards, 4 TD 2 INT
    C. Douglas - 7 Rec, 119 yards
    Zach Rogers - 6 Rec, 83 yards, 2 TD
     
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    UT notched a key out of conference win against SEC foe Oklahoma State to help bolster the conference's prestige. Tennessee came out firing on all cylinders and didn't let up until the 4th quarter. Much of the damage came from Joey Oliver in the first half which would allow the Volunteers to set it to cruise control in the second half.

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    Players of the Game
    OSU - S. Barnes - 19 Car, 24 Yds, 2 TD
    UT - Joey Oliver - 26 Car, 245 Yds, 2 TD

    Other Notable UT Players
    Brent Smith - 14-22, 222 Yds, 3 TD
    Zach Rogers - 7 Rec, 129 Yds, 2 TD

    Next week @ Auburn
     
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    The University of Tennessee Volunteers notch their last conference win of the year again Auburn to push their record to 9-2 for the year. Thanks to a fast start by the Tennessee offense the team was able to hold off a late surge by the Auburn Tigers. The game was out of reach by the end of the 3rd quarter and a lot of players were able to see playing time. Brent Smith was able to break one of Peyton Manning's records this game as he eclipsed the former Volunteer in career passing TDs. While it was a historic day for Smith, the true star was Heisman hopeful Joey Oliver who ripped off his best game yet with over 200 yards rushing and over 100 receiving. He seems to be unstoppable and has pro scouts drooling at the mouth.

    UT's defense continues to be a concern, and could fault them heading into the bowl game they're destined to, it's likely they'll face Penn State, or another Big Ten team, but it's uncertain if they'll be able to stop a high quality offense. But for now the prolific offense has carried them to a top ten ranking and will need to continue to put up big numbers. Here are the highlights

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    Players of the Game
    UT - Joey Oliver - 22 Carries, 234 yards, 3 TD, 6 Receptions, 125 yards, 2 TD
    AU - T. Rollison - 20-31 246 yards, 3 TD

    Other notable UT players
    Brent Smith - 18-29, 438 yards, 5 TD
    Zach Rogers - 5 receptions, 134 yards
     
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    University of Tennessee was able to beat up on lowly Northwestern this week to finish the regular season at 10-2 and looking to make a case to be top 5 in the country at the end of the season after their bowl game. The player of the game went to Joey Oliver but the story is of Brent Smith who is now the statistically best QB that the University of Tennessee has ever produced. After passing Peyton Manning's career TD record last week he broke Peyton's mark of TDs and passing yards in a season in this game. Smith has improved nearly every facet of his game since last season, and will be looking to prove himself at the combine to make a case to be the first QB taken. Although undersized he has solid arm strength and the best accuracy in college football.

    The game was tight until the middle of the second where the Vols would take a 17 point lead heading into halftime. Joey Oliver put up another solid game of over 200 yards and was able to achieve his own milestone by putting up over 2000 rushing yards on the season. He has now pushed his record to 700 yards over what the previous UT record was.

    The first highlight is the pass the broke both of Manning's records.

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    The last 2 highlights are of Thorpe finalist Eric Poole who is as hot as any defensive player in college football.

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    Player of the Game
    UT - Joey Oliver 21 Car, 225 yards TD
    NU - E. Watkins - 12-17, 175 yards, 2 TD

    Notable UT players
    Brent Smith - 16-22, 314 yards, 5 TD
    Zach Rogers - 5 Receptions, 122 yards 2 TD
     
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