Report Card: UT vs. Vanderbilt

Quarterbacks B

Jonathan Crompton managed the game well and was efficient, completing 20 of 34 passes for 221 yards and two touchdowns. A drop by Gerald Jones cost Crompton a touchdown and a bobble by tailback David Oku resulted in UT's lone interception.

Running Backs A-

UT's offensive line calls it riding the "Deuce Train," and the Vols did just that. Montario Hardesty rushed for 171 yards on 32 carries and looked like his usual consistent self. Fullback Kevin Cooper laid a nice lead block on UT's first touchdown.

Receivers B

Jones' drop could have hurt if Vanderbilt's offense was more potent. The Vols spread it around well. Luke Stocker had five catches for 47 yards and a touchdown. Denarius Moore caught four passes for 35 yards and a score. Jones and Hancock each had three catches.

Offensive Line B

The Vols were solid in pass protection and opened running lanes against a defense determined to stop the run. They also provided solid protection in the passing game and Crompton was rarely hurried.

Defensive line A-

The Vols might have been pushed around a little against the run, but they routinely supplied pressure and eventually put the game away with a 25-yard interception return by defensive tackle Wes Brown. The other tackle had another productive outing with Dan Williams adding two tackles for a loss.

Linebackers B

There might still be a few alignment issues, but Herman Lathers and Rico McCoy erased a few of them with pure athleticism. Lathers finished with 12 tackles in his second start in the middle, and McCoy closed out his home career on an achy knee with a team-high 15.

Secondary B

UT couldn't play as much man coverage as it normally would, and that helped eliminate any real threat of getting hit for big gains. The Vols were mostly content to give up short passes underneath and rely on its tacklers, and for the most part the backline was better at it against the Commodores.

Special teams B+

The Vols found a surprising contributor in walk-on kicker Devin Mathis, who filled in for Daniel Lincoln and made a 25-yard field goal and four extra points - without having one blocked. The return game was a bit better, but the unit still hurt itself with penalties, including a rare interference-with-the-snapper flag.

Coaching B

UT's defensive coaches are to be commended for playing with a patchwork group due to all the injuries they've had to overcome. Still, the Vols could have been more aggressive on defense, and likely would have forced more turnovers. Offensively, the Vols should have relied even more on the run.

Overall B-

UT beat Vanderbilt in typical fashion - ugly. Still, it's a win and the Vols are bowl eligible and perhaps closing in on a nice postseason destination.

HOW THEY SCORED

First Quarter

UT: Montario Hardesty 5 run (Devin Mathis kick).

Drive: 7 plays, 60 yards, 2:58.

Big play: A 22-yard Jonathan Crompton pass to Kevin Cooper made it first-and-goal at the 5.

UT: Mathis 25 field goal.

Drive: 12 plays, 53 yards, 4:34.

Big play: Crompton converted fourth-and-4 with a 9-yard pass to Tauren Poole to the Vandy 11.

VU: Ryan Fowler 31 field goal.

Drive: 9 plays, 48 yards, 3:16.

Big plays: A 21-yard run by Zac Stacy moved the Commodores for a first down at the UT 28.

Second Quarter

VU: Ryan van Rensburg 2 pass from Mackenzi Adams (Fowler kick).

Drive: 11 plays, 92 yards, 6:04.

Big plays: Vandy's drive was aided by two penalties, a personal foul on Eric Berry and pass interference against Rico McCoy.

UT: Denarius Moore 11 pass from Jonathan Crompton (Mathis kick).

Drive: 11 plays, 72 yards, 5:08.

Big play: A 20-yard completion to Quintin Hancock was good for 20 yards to the Vandy 15.

UT: Luke Stocker 16 pass from Crompton (Mathis kick).

Drive: 4 plays, 61 yards, :30.

Big play: A roughing-the-passer penalty tacked on 15 yards to an 11-yard completion to Hancock with only 26 seconds left in the half.

Third Quarter

VU: Fowler 27 field goal.

Drive: 9 plays, 34 yards, 3:58.

Big play: Jamie Graham's interception gave Vandy the ball at the Tennessee 44.

Fourth Quarter

VU: Fowler 32 field goal.

Drive: 11 plays, 55 yards, 3:00.

Big play: Wes Brown sacked Adams and an intentional-grounding penalty on the play forced the field goal.

UT: Brown 25 interception return (Mathis kick).

Drive: 1 play, 25 yards.

Big play: With the clock running out Brown intercepted Adams' desperation pass and lumbered to the end zone.

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Orangeblood13 writes:

eh, gona have to play better men to beat Kentucky

bigorangebluegrass writes:

crompton had 2 tds, one to moore, one to stocker.

bigorangebluegrass writes:

says one td @ beginning of the article...i'm just sayin'.

colt writes:

We will have to play a lot better on defense to beat KY. Too many players out on defense. If it can be done, Kiffin will find a way.

FWBVol writes:

Who would have believed that 11 games into the season Wes Brown would have more yards and touchdowns in interceptions returns than Eric Berry?

I'd say these grades are about right.

keepitreal4vols writes:

OK KNS, your fuzzy math is: 2A- + 1B+ + 6B = B-

If the lowest grade is a B, how does the overall grade = B-??? I guess that explains why journalism majors only take 1 math class.

VolWoman writes:

in response to keepitreal4vols:

OK KNS, your fuzzy math is: 2A- + 1B+ + 6B = B-

If the lowest grade is a B, how does the overall grade = B-??? I guess that explains why journalism majors only take 1 math class.

Haha, that was funny! I would like to have seen the officials get a big fat F-.

JV67 writes:

WES BROWN!!!! What a way to close out the last home game of his career. Blue collar guy that gave his all for Tennessee and won't get a chance to play in the pros because of injuries he's played through in college. LOVED watching him drag that Vandy defender 5 yards draped over his back into the end zone!

jboyle5555#228112 writes:

Defense is full of holes, they made Vanderbilt look pretty good. That will not work against Kentucky. When is Lane going to make a decision on Janzen ? We need him back there, hopefully Lamarcus is back next week too.

cltvol writes:

Vandy grade

QB F; RB C - inexperienced freshman not fully trained on how to fail consistently; Receivers F-; O line F ; D line F; LBs F; 2ndary F; kicking C - a soccer school should have decent kicking. Coaching F. School colors F. They would be better off changing from black and urine stain to black and pink.

Game highlight. Kicking field goal after converting lst and goal @ 2 into 4 and 22.

Long live Joe Thompson. God Rest G. Cafego.

vol98champ writes:

in response to VolWoman:

Haha, that was funny! I would like to have seen the officials get a big fat F-.

I saw 3 or 4 calls that looked like a plan had been devised to show Kiffin that the SEC officiating is not to be messed with. I wonder what the commentators really thought. I guess they can't afford $30,000 fines.

6MillionDollarPumpkin writes:

in response to vol98champ:

I saw 3 or 4 calls that looked like a plan had been devised to show Kiffin that the SEC officiating is not to be messed with. I wonder what the commentators really thought. I guess they can't afford $30,000 fines.

The BS interference call on the interception and the BS call on the punt. What, you cant hit the long snapper now? Terrible officiating!

thevoice writes:

Hmmm. Not sure if you know your ABC's of grading, but how can you give them a B- overall when you didn't give them less a B individually?

Coaching: B-
Offense: B/C (first half/second half)
Defense: C+
Special Teams: B
Crowd Support: C

pdhuff#552644 writes:

An A to Monte for calling Wes Brown's # on that last Vol play.

memtownvol writes:

in response to vol98champ:

I saw 3 or 4 calls that looked like a plan had been devised to show Kiffin that the SEC officiating is not to be messed with. I wonder what the commentators really thought. I guess they can't afford $30,000 fines.

I also was thinking that the officials had devised a plan to show CLK. Saw several BS calls throughout the game.

scvol12 writes:

Apparently your grading standards have fallen with the team's record over the last few years. As I sat in the stadium I cound not help but think how far this once proud powerhouse has fallen. A's and B's on this performance against a 2-9 team shows that we must be grading on a curve. This was one of the worst and most boring games I have watched in a while. After going to Ole Miss and then seeing this game......is it worth the money.

ctownvol writes:

How great was that last play for a kid who truely gives his all for Tennessee? Way to go Wes Brown!

99gator writes:

wonder what georgia's report card looks like this morning?

GerryOP writes:

A little generous but who cares? How many players do we have left that are not patched up, stitched up, or hobbling?

Good job guys!

gslaton#227127 writes:

I thought the long-snapper interference call was bogus. I understand protecting the guy, but the replay was clear that he had his head up and was blocking. I would be interested in knowing how many times that's been called this year...in the entire Div I.

vol98champ writes:

in response to Radman1:

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From what I saw the long snapper was standing up and blocking. At any rate there was no hit made by anyone.

crimsonviper writes:

in response to ctownvol:

How great was that last play for a kid who truely gives his all for Tennessee? Way to go Wes Brown!

+1000...GBO

Lostvolinhighweeds writes:

in response to scvol12:

Apparently your grading standards have fallen with the team's record over the last few years. As I sat in the stadium I cound not help but think how far this once proud powerhouse has fallen. A's and B's on this performance against a 2-9 team shows that we must be grading on a curve. This was one of the worst and most boring games I have watched in a while. After going to Ole Miss and then seeing this game......is it worth the money.

Feel free to keep your money and your fanny at home.

inthefort writes:

I'm glad the Sentinel staff knows more about what the staff should've done with their gameplan. Hacks.

Sovol writes:

OFFICIALS= F-

GhostofRobertNeyland writes:

in response to JV67:

WES BROWN!!!! What a way to close out the last home game of his career. Blue collar guy that gave his all for Tennessee and won't get a chance to play in the pros because of injuries he's played through in college. LOVED watching him drag that Vandy defender 5 yards draped over his back into the end zone!

Amen!! Play of the year (so far)!!!

rootin4volz writes:

"Quarterbacks B

Jonathan Crompton managed the game well and was efficient, completing 20 of 34 passes for 221 yards and a touchdown."

Uh...Crompton had TWO touchdowns. Ding-dongs. Check that...SLOPPY ding-dongs.

richvol writes:

in response to vol98champ:

I saw 3 or 4 calls that looked like a plan had been devised to show Kiffin that the SEC officiating is not to be messed with. I wonder what the commentators really thought. I guess they can't afford $30,000 fines.

I thought exactly the same thing...the interference penalty in the endzone and the hitting the snapper penalty were ridiculous.

Did you see the Ole Miss penalty for diving into the end zone when trying to avoid a tackler? The officiating is becoming a joke.

TommyJack writes:

All BS aside, the officiating in the SEC has deteriorated.

Ringside writes:

in response to TommyJack:

All BS aside, the officiating in the SEC has deteriorated.

True. I cannot remember another year with so many bad calls. Hopefully they have a good recruiting class as well.

cc623 writes:

You can hit the long snapper you morons as long as his head is back up and he moves forward or initiates contact.

PrimeTime writes:

Wes Brown is the man!! This guy can barely walk around off the field without a limp. His knees will give him trouble and pain for the rest of his life, yet he shows up and puts on the pads and plays his heart out every single game. Congrats to BIG WES on his first TD!!! No one deserves a better senior night than him. He is what you call a VOL warrior. This guy should have an award named after him, and be offered a job on this football team when he graduates! You are THE MAN WES!!!

Rugby2 writes:

Got the win. Bowl bound. Great play by Wes Brown, what a way to end your last home game! Need to improve our tackling against Kentucky.

What bowls could we be headed to? A Florida bowl? I would love to see the Vols play again this year (got to see the Florida game).

Give Blood, Play Rugby

jhayes0926#638474 writes:

Very generous grading. Our linebackers could cost us the Ky game if they don't improve. For the Crompton bashers of 2 months ago - he will probably make an NFL roster, similar to Ainge.

GreeneVol_TN writes:

in response to bigorangebluegrass:

says one td @ beginning of the article...i'm just sayin'.

I was there, it was two! Both were really nice throws and catches. KNS can't count.

GreeneVol_TN writes:

in response to jboyle5555#228112:

Defense is full of holes, they made Vanderbilt look pretty good. That will not work against Kentucky. When is Lane going to make a decision on Janzen ? We need him back there, hopefully Lamarcus is back next week too.

My guess is that if Janzen survives and does not get kicked off the team you will not see him until next year at the earliest.

FEARinSEC writes:

Anybody watch the Lane Kiffin Show? He'll get fined for what he said to Kesling. Kiff was being such a smartazz, talking about how "great the officials were" and how "all the penalties were definately our fault", then when they showed the pass interference/interception play, Kiff asked Kesling what he saw and told him, "Say what you think, he can't fine you"!!
I Love it!!! Sukk it, Slime, uhhh, Slive!!!
GO VOLS!!!!

rockytopatl writes:

Methinks the KNS needs to leave the grading to someone who knows football. Linebackers B? Maybe for effort. But virtually all the yardage generated by Vandy's previously horrible offense came by their working on Tennessee's scrubs at linebacker. I'd give them a C-, D+ at best. But as I noted, you can't criticize the effort and the guts they showed. McCoy played quite well considering his gimpy physical condition. Lathers has the tools but needs to learn a lot to be the middle linebacker in Monte's scheme.

linebam writes:

in response to GreeneVol_TN:

My guess is that if Janzen survives and does not get kicked off the team you will not see him until next year at the earliest.

As it should be... suspension for the year (including the bowl game) for really poor judgement to be in that situation in the first place. If not a contributor to the crime, I definitely want to see him back next year.

kman29 writes:

in response to 99gator:

wonder what georgia's report card looks like this morning?

Richt has got to get rid of Martinez if he wants to keep his own job. Their defense is just awful. I believe the defensive cordinator at Bama (Smart) is a UGA alumn. If Im Richt Im calling him up and saying, "come back home."

rusty_shackleford writes:

in response to keepitreal4vols:

OK KNS, your fuzzy math is: 2A- + 1B+ + 6B = B-

If the lowest grade is a B, how does the overall grade = B-??? I guess that explains why journalism majors only take 1 math class.

EXACTLY what I was thinking. What a bunch of idiots!

FEARinSEC writes:

in response to dthenc:

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Didn't surprise me at all, either. Unlike you, Kiff does not seem content "hiding behind a keyboard" and chooses to let the public know when he feels something isn't right!!

You seem content living behind your keyboard, wasting your life away on some chat board.

Have a great day, dthenc......

allvol32 writes:

Officiating Report Card F

The four worst calls/no calls:

1. Pass interference on Rico McCoy when Rico was a full step behind the receiver. The announcers commented about the call calling saying that they didn't see the foul.

2. The pass interference NO call when Luke Stocker was running down the sidelines and the Vandy defender was holding his right arm down with it appeared to be both of his own hands while Stocker was attempting to catch the ball. The announcers commented about the no call and the holding of Stocker's right arm by the Vandy defender.

3. The interfering with the snapper call that gave Vandy the ball deep in UT territory - announcers were calling it a gift after watching replays. I find it very telling that this penalty was called earlier in the day in the Alabama - UT Chattanooga game. I've never seen this penalty called ever and to see it called in two games on the same day by SEC officiating crews smells worse than fishy.

4. The pass interference call on I think Anthony Anderson on the play where Dennis Rogan intercepted the ball in the end zone apparently ending a Vandy drive. Again several replays from several angles showed Anderson with both hands in front of the Vandy receiver tipping the ball into the air. It was a great defensive play. Once again the announcers were quite perplexed by the call commenting on it at length.

Every one of these plays was critical but numbers 2 through 4 above were undeniably game changers. In a game that was fairly close until Big Dan's interception return for a touchdown while carrying a Vandy would-be tackler on his back for the last 8 yards these calls very well could have given Vanderbilt a huge win against TN.

The officiating this year in the SEC is the worst that I can remember ever seeing in 40 years of watching SEC football. The guys on Sports Talk this morning suggested that the SEC with it's billions of revenue from ESPN must spend whatever it takes to make sure that the SEC officiating is professional and above reproach.

The SEC touts itself as the premier college football conference in America and I agree with that. Unfortunately the SEC appears to have a level of officiating that wouldn't be tolerated at the high school level. The replay booth is an absolute joke in that it doesn't even use high definition monitors to view the replays. You can buy an HD monitor for about $300 and almost all SEC games are already broadcast in HD- this is absolutely inexcusable.

It's kind of like owning an expensive sports car that you're driving around that's never been washed, has bald tires and still has the original oil in the engine. If you're a car guy or a football guy then either one of these situations is absolutely unacceptable.

OrangePride writes:

Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh...........6 B's, 2 A-'s, and a B+ averages out to a B- there Griff?? Good thing you don't do the averages in any of my classes, you wouldn't have any tires left on your car! lol. Looks to me more like a B+ish for the night. Vols got victimized by the zebras a few times (again) or this game would have been a little less a nailbiter. Overall, a great night and a great effort by our seniors.........the whole team for that matter! GO VOLS!!

daniellovesutfootball writes:

in response to marc_ash#231781:

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I saw that last night and was lmao!!!! Wasn't sure who he had pushed until watching again...Good ol Crompton lol In all regards though, I believe that's the first time I've seen Kiffin show any kind of emotion this season!!! lol Go Vols...loved the game, hated the officiating.

I do agree we gotta do a lot better on D against KY...Cobb is mobile, and I believe they have a variation of the wildcat, not the team name lmao.

GO VOLS!!! Soak this win up, eat some good turkey thursday come back ready to beat the Wildcats!!!

OrangePride writes:

in response to BIGGEST_UT_FAN:

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Noo, "anyone" can not make sure tackles. I think Rico had something like 13 or something tackles on the night.......and yes, a few misses. So B is not too high for this group.

TommyJack writes:

in response to dthenc:

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Speaking only for ol Teej, I don't give a chit who you root for.

jhayes0926#638474 writes:

in response to marc_ash#231781:

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If he had played for Kiff for 2 yrs, you would have seen what the coaching staff saw 5 yrs ago, a number 2 qb in the country playing for Heisman type stats. I mentioned 2 months ago I was hoping that Cheyney could do with JC what he did with Brees.

chrisw2967 writes:

in response to dthenc:

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Liar crier doesnt whine about officating ? didnt he get fined for 30k for doing what you said he doesnt do?
he isnt called Liar Crier for nothing.

wayoutwill writes:

Wes Brown and the men like him are all that is good about sports.The culture today of THUGS,OUTLAWS,LIARS,BULLYS,CROOKS,and LOWLIFES have nearly ruined the game,make you go on fishing or hunting or see a movie with your wife instead of planning your weekend around going to the game or watching it on the Tube.Wes Brown and his kind are what keeps us coming back,THANK YOU WES BROWN!

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