Hello, November: Vols beat Memphis, 50-14

Bray throws 5 TDs (all in the first half)

Tennessee  wide receiver Zach Rogers (83) dives for extra yardage during the first half Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010 against Memphis in the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

Photo by Michael Patrick

Tennessee wide receiver Zach Rogers (83) dives for extra yardage during the first half Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010 against Memphis in the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

Game recap: UT vs. Memphis

MEMPHIS — New month. New quarterback. Big win. Fresh start.

And, to be fair, an overmatched opponent.

All of the above were true Saturday night, but there won’t be any more Memphises on Tennessee’s stretch-run schedule.

The Vols took out their frustrations from a four-game October losing streak in a 50-14 romp over the hapless Tigers before a crowd that began as 39,742 at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

It was more like 742 for the final minutes, when Memphis tacked on a meaningless score.

By then freshman Tyler Bray had long since retired to the sideline after having achieved something in his first start that no Tennessee quarterback had ever done — throw five touchdown passes in a half.

The defense accelerated Memphis’ demise with five turnovers and a combined 124 return yards on three interceptions and two fumble recoveries.

They threw five sacks in the bargain.

Tennessee (3-6) left the field victorious for the first time since a win over UAB on Sept. 25 and extended its domination over Memphis to 22-1.

The Vols, however, still are looking for their first SEC win as they turn to a homecoming date with Ole Miss. Then they finish against Vanderbilt and Kentucky.

“We outmatched them, and we did what we should do,’’ said UT coach Derek Dooley. “That was good.

“It’s been a while since we got a win, so it was a nicer scene in the locker room.’’

The Tigers (1-8) scored first and last. In between was an uninterrupted orange parade.

Bray finished 19 of 33 passing for 325 yards, 308 of it in the first half. He gave way to Matt Simms late in the third quarter.

The Vols collected 509 yards of offense, converted nine of 15 third downs and kept punter Chad Cunningham well hidden until the third quarter.

Tauren Poole rushed for 101 yards and Denarius Moore 103 receiving.

Still, not even a coin toss by Knoxville’s own governor-elect Bill Haslam could get the Vols off to a good start. The Tigers actually had the lead early.

Memphis stopped UT’s opening drive, tackling Poole short on fourth-and-2, then breezed 62 yards for a touchdown.

Ryan Williams hit Marcus Rucker with a 4-yard toss and it was 7-0.

That apparently flipped a switch on the Tennessee sideline.

From that point, the Vols shut the Tigers down — holding them to 55 yards the rest of the half — and scored on each of their remaining seven possessions before the break.

Bray spread his five first-half TD passes around to five different receivers, starting with Poole from 9 yards.

Justin Hunter was next for a 42-yard score.

Eric Gordon’s interception of a Williams pass gave the Vols a short field, but all that came of it was a 24-yard Michael Palardy field goal for a 16-7 lead.

Moore’s number was called four times in the next drive, culminating in a 14-yard TD strike.

Cannon Smith took over at quarterback for Memphis but the Tigers’ fortunes didn’t improve. On the contrary, Janzen Jackson greeted Smith with an interception and 35-yard return.

Moments later Da’Rick Rogers was making his first career touchdown catch, a 22-yarder.

A Smith turnover also precipitated UT’s next drive. Prentiss Waggner scooped up his fumble and returned it 37 yards to the 9.

From there Bray spotted Gerald Jones for the touchdown and a 37-7 lead.

“When we get turnovers, like any team, we play well,’’ said Dooley.

There was time for one last drive in the half and it produced a 32-yard Palardy field goal.

The onslaught slowed in the third quarter. The Vols added only 10 more points to take a 50-7 lead into the final period.

The touchdown came on a 21-yard Poole run, immediately after defensive tackle Malik Jackson intercepted a Memphis pass and rumbled 44 yards.

A fifth turnover soon followed when Waggner made his second fumble recovery. Simms took over at quarterback and fired a 34-yard pass to Moore, getting Palardy in range for his third field goal, a 33-yarder.

Dooley emptied the bench in the fourth quarter. Memphis capitalized with a 38-yard TD pass from Williams to Rucker with 1:26 to play.

Mike Strange may be reached at 865-342-6276. Follow him at http://twitter.com/strangemike44 and http://blogs.knoxnews.com/strange.

Get Copyright Permissions © 2010, Knoxville News Sentinel Co.
Want to use this article? Click here for options!

© 2010 govolsxtra.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • Discuss
  • Print

Related Topics

Comments » 79

TnScooby writes:

Where's that bucketmouth TigerDan???...Here kitty kitty.....

GreerVol22 writes:

always good to get a win. Nice job Tyler, salting this one early.

cloudodust writes:

May it carry forward

Down_The_Field writes:

....here's to ol-tennessee!

bcm4ut writes:

nice win. carry some of this mo into next week against ole miss.

Razor784 writes:

Ir feels good to win even if it's over our little brothers at Tiger High

VOLinMAHWAH writes:

Nice win! Bray's got a rocket of an arm. Hopefully we'll see more of the same against Ole Miss next week. The receivers all looked good, but Memphis has one of the worst secondaries we have seen, or will see all year. Good to see Poole get his legs going again, but Oku looked like Poole did a week again with short gains and easy tackles.

born2ride writes:

To quote Dooley: Memphis knows how the Nazi soldiers felt on D Day.

orangecountyvols writes:

in response to TnScooby:

Where's that bucketmouth TigerDan???...Here kitty kitty.....

TNScooby,

While we're at it, how about his kissing cousin....
"TheBlue" ?????????????

Do we get the silent treatment typical of trolls who can't back up their very unreal predictions?

And not to be outdone.............Shen24...........

Ah hem !

Connecticut_Vol writes:

The game was great except for the Mike Leach commentary. Someone should lock that guy in a closet.

FWBVol writes:

This was a nice win that was much needed, but we still have some work to do to finish the season strong.

I believe we can win out, but we will need great effort against Ole Miss, Vandy and Kentucky. The nice thing is Ole Miss and Kentucky are at home.

Now we have a positive to build from and grow as a team.

We could have easily scored on the first drive if not for a couple of penalties that wiped out first downs. Memphis didn't stop us in the first half and rarely stopped us at all.

As bad as things have been on the Hill this football season we can be glad we haven't fallen off as far as Memphis.

I loved the way we used the tight ends in the passing game tonight. I just wonder if the coaches were hoping to send a message to Cameron Clear, the second rated recruit in the state, who was suppossed to be at the game and wants to play tight end in college.

Titan writes:

Leach was so bad, I muted the television and actually started listening to Kesling!

volunteer_cowboy writes:

go vols

Razor784 writes:

in response to Titan:

Leach was so bad, I muted the television and actually started listening to Kesling!

I noticed that also, he has to be the worst color commentator ever

TNdogboy writes:

in response to Connecticut_Vol:

The game was great except for the Mike Leach commentary. Someone should lock that guy in a closet.

Leach was awful.. my ears bled

anes1946 writes:

GoVols beat ole miss

allvol9 writes:

A much needed win. Bray looked great. Let's beat an SEC team next week. Go Vols!

murrayvol writes:

in response to orangecountyvols:

TNScooby,

While we're at it, how about his kissing cousin....
"TheBlue" ?????????????

Do we get the silent treatment typical of trolls who can't back up their very unreal predictions?

And not to be outdone.............Shen24...........

Ah hem !

Methinks shen24 might be in ICU for a few days. The Tiger trolls are numb to this kind of treatment.

VolsFanInAfghanistan writes:

Faith guys, we have got to keep the faith. The young men playing out there tonight had it. It's going to be some tough going, but if they can play as a team again next week then we still have a chance. Nice to hear that they got the TE's involved as well. Would have loved to seen them play tonight. Good luck to the Vols and coach Dooley, keep em coming.

britt writes:

feels good to be back in the win column. hope everybody will stay out of trouble and carry this momentum thru the next 3 weeks

bcm4ut writes:

in response to Titan:

Leach was so bad, I muted the television and actually started listening to Kesling!

ha. I tried both and ended up watching with no sound. Imagine those two together. Puke..

TopTenn writes:

GBO!!!!!!!!!!!!

jobrando#216494 writes:

6-6 on the way

jobrando#216494 writes:

vols 35 ole miss 21

reeceb73 writes:

Leach grew on me. He was actually pretty funny. His monotone delivery is hard to get used to, but its better than Lunquist and Danielson

Voluvr writes:

Great for recruiting in Memphis.

VolzsFan writes:

Still should be a rough November

Jediphysics writes:

Just so obvious Leach is a coach first, and analyst... well, he's not an analyst. It was sort of like listening in as a coach breaks down film. In the 3rd quarter, he sounded downright bored with the game... Just think, he was 'almost' our next coach instead of Kiffin.

runninbroke writes:

in response to Connecticut_Vol:

The game was great except for the Mike Leach commentary. Someone should lock that guy in a closet.

Lol! that was Mike Leach, I thought that it was Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh. I can't imagine Leach giving a motivational speech. He needs to find another job, say at a correctional facility or something.

tennezz writes:

How many receiving yards did Moore have tonight?

tenuscvol writes:

Great win and Bray is the guy.
Also, Congrats to Coach Chavis....as an Alabama resident the LSU win was sweet...

GoVols! Beat those Ole Miss Rebels (or whatever they are...)

britt writes:

in response to tennezz:

How many receiving yards did Moore have tonight?

6 for 101 i think

Bufforange00 writes:

Leach failed to mention that Bray did something that even Peyton Manning didn't do

tennezz writes:

in response to britt:

6 for 101 i think

Thanks

govols1234567 writes:

You know whats ironic? If we win out and win a bowl game we would have the same record as last year (7-6). And that's with an even worse and inexperienced team. As well as without leaders like Eric berry and m hardesty. This seasons for shure not hopeless. Go Vols!!

tennezz writes:

Bray did great with his first start and I sure hate to lose Moore after this season!

VolinCalif writes:

in response to Jediphysics:

Just so obvious Leach is a coach first, and analyst... well, he's not an analyst. It was sort of like listening in as a coach breaks down film. In the 3rd quarter, he sounded downright bored with the game... Just think, he was 'almost' our next coach instead of Kiffin.

That might not have been too bad. I don't remember UT having any out house's with Locks on them.

tdvol1989 writes:

in response to reeceb73:

Leach grew on me. He was actually pretty funny. His monotone delivery is hard to get used to, but its better than Lunquist and Danielson

I don't have anything really against Vern and Gary except that Gary somehow works Tebow into every game.

But, I have to admit Leach was cracking me up. When he made that monotone comment about "Those guys are in camo right there. I guess they just got back from hunting." I laughed so hard. It was just such a random comment.

UTVOLSRROCKN writes:

Bray all the way! GBO! We saw a great future tonight for the UT VOLS! He is already something special, we have him 3 more years! Lord, please keep him healthy!

VOLS....TCB....KOKO.....GBO!!!!

vol98champ writes:

Help me out on this one. Are we 8-1 after the 1st quarter?

UK2K writes:

Just when I thought this was the year to beat ole Rocky Top you guys have to pull the trigger on a QB change and looks like it will be year #26 without a win over UT. sigh.... embarassing streak and uncalled for. We had you beat a few years and you keep finding a way to win. Some things never change. Bray the wonder boy does look good though.

yabadabadoo1026 writes:

in response to tweetdriver63#346474:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

Of course Bray looked good--it was Memphis------you prob would have looked good at QB too

He deserved the start , looked good and hopefully will as well against more worthy competition but Sims too would have looked good against this bad Memphis team.

The real dumba--es will be our simpletons who will come on here and hate on Sims by comparing his effectiveness against top 10 teams to Brays against Memphis----------------thats what haters do/ make irrational arguments to try to justify their hate

Bray was real good but temper your enthusiasm---it was Memphis, not Bama, Gators, LSU, SC or Ga

Heres hoping he continues it----great start and hell only get better with the experience

nextyear writes:

I thought Leach was funny ... even if he did take a little to get used to. Reminded me of Bobby Knight as a commentator. 'Heads down' referred to keep working hard and not looking at the scoreboard.

hikerdude writes:

We beat Memphis like a drum. Now, right on cue, those folks who were predicting a 9-3 season are saying we'll win out. I've got bad news. We won't win out. Vandy is the only win left. Its going to be a 4-8 season.
When the season is over, those folks who predicted a 9-3 season,will be screaming for Dooley's head. It ain't Dooley's fault. When he got here, the cupboard was bare. Few players and less talent. The only way to right this ship is to recruit good players at the right positions and play them enough to get the experience necessary to be successful in the SEC. That's going to take three to four years. Dooley may be able to recruit well enough to make UT competitive again. We just don't know yet. We have to give him time.

SummittsCourt writes:

one down three to go. All three remaining games are definately winnable. Lets go Vols!

tway14 writes:

Kentucky will be hard to beat...ole miss usually finds a way to beat themselves, they are coached by a complete idiot! Vandy can always play UT a very good game. The rest of the season is going to be interesting

TommyJack writes:

WHAT Leach had to say was good. HOW he presents it, not so much. But unlike Danielson, Leach knows when to STFU. I'd give him a B.

usnavyvolfaninva_still_getting_paid writes:

Wish I could've seen the game, but obviously love the results anyway.

looks like Bray got off to a really good start. I think the Vols can win out, but obviously won't be as easy next week against the black bears of Ole Miss. Just got to protect the QB, give him time, and he seems to make good decisions.
Nothing like a good win and a 'bama loss to keep the trolls at bay. GBO!!

TKO writes:

in response to TommyJack:

WHAT Leach had to say was good. HOW he presents it, not so much. But unlike Danielson, Leach knows when to STFU. I'd give him a B.

I wish you knew what Leach knows.

TommyJack writes:

in response to TKO:

I wish you knew what Leach knows.

Me too. And thanks for your support.

Want to participate in the conversation? Become a subscriber today. Subscribers can read and comment on any story, anytime. Non-subscribers will only be able to view comments on select stories.

Features