Volunteers Control Line, Earn Victory on the Road

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  1. joshwitt

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    AP (Auburn, AL) The Tennessee Volunteers controlled numerous facets of the game saturday, most importantly the offensive line, en route to a 31-21 victory over defending National Champions, the Auburn Tigers. The Volunteer offense held the ball for 19 minutes and 12 seconds as compared to 8 minutes and 48 seconds for the Tigers. Sophomore Rajion Neal and Senior Tauren Poole carried the ball a combined 50 times for 247 yards and 3 scores to provide the only offense that the Vols needed.

    "We came in with a game plan and stuck to it." commented Josh Witt, continuing "You know, we got down 7-0, then 14-7 and it would have been really easy for Coach Chaney to start throwing the ball down field, but we knew our line had practiced well all week and we really felt we could run on 'em. Raj and Tauren really stepped up and ran hard, especially on some tough 3rd and short plays. If Tauren would learn to hold on to the damned ball, I'da said it was a flawless effort on their part. He may be carrying a ball to class with him all week."

    Quarterback Tyler Bray threw only 6 times, completing 4 passes for 64 yards. The young sophomore was well aware of the Tigers defensive prowess and chose not to force the ball, instead leaning on his running game and defense. Prentiss Wagner picked off 2 more passes, giving him 9 on the season, taking one to the house. Lineback John Propst also picked off a pass as Auburn was crossing the 50 yard line into Tennessee territory. Senior transfer Malik Jackson recorded 2 sacks, both in crucial late-drive situations.

    The Vols sported a new 3-4 defense for the game. Defensive Coordinator Justin Wilcox, when asked, responded "Well, we knew their running game and spread offense was going to be tough to stop. I liked having some faster guys in their instead of trying to bully them up front. Their O-line is big, and I just felt like putting more LB's in the game gave us a better shot."

    The strategy paid off, and the Volunteers are now bowl eligible, moving the 6-3 on the season. This was their first win as a ranked team under Witt and former coach Derek Dooley. The Big Orange will now travel to Arkansas for a huge game against the undefeated Razorbacks.

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