Final score: Tennessee survives with a 55-48 win over Troy

Tennessee wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (84) catches a touchdown pass during the first half of their game against Troy  Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012 in Neyland Stadium.  (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (84) catches a touchdown pass during the first half of their game against Troy Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012 in Neyland Stadium. (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

Marlin Lane's 9-yard touchdown run with 1:25 to play salvaged a 55-48 homecoming victory over Troy on Saturday at Neyland Stadium.

It was a shootout from start to finish. The Vols (4-5) broke a school record for offense. Troy (4-5) broke a record for offense against Tennessee's defense.

Tennessee regained the lead 41-40 on Tyler Bray's 23-yard pass to Rajion Neal in the fourth quarter -- followed b y Michael Palardy's all-important extra point kick.

Troy struck back for a 48-41 lead on Corey Robinson's 67-yard pass to Eric Thomas and a two-point conversion.

Tennessee answered with Justin Hunter's 46 yard TD pass from Tyler Bray. It was tied 48-48 with 2:54 left.

The Vols forced a punt and then marched 66 yards for the winning score.

In the third quarter, both teams kicked a field goal but Troy added a touchdown on Deon Anthony's 3-yard pass to Thomas.

The Vols blew a scoring chance when Alton Howard fumbled at the Troy 4.

The Trojans dominated the second quarter, scoring touchdowns on three consecutive possessions to overturn a 28-10 UT lead.

Shawn Southward scored on a 1-yard run, then Anthony hit Chip Reeves for 51 yards to cut UT's lead to 28-23.

After a missed field goal from Palardy, Troy drove for the go-ahead score on quarterback Anthony's 28-yard run.

Troy led 30-28. Tennessee drove for a first-and-goal but settled for a 21-yard Palardy field goal as the half ended.

In the first quarter, the Vols got touchdowns on all three possessions. Tyler Bray threw TD passes of 14 yards to Cordarrelle Patterson and 21 to Justin Hunter.

Marvin Lane scored on a 17-yard run.

Troy got a 7-yard touchdown run from Shawn Southward and a field goal from Will Scott.

Bray and Hunter connected early in the second quarter to put UT up 28-10.

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Tippet writes:

Sorry Vols, I can't watch this defense anymore. Thankfully basketball is coming soon.

Voltransplant writes:

Quite possibly the most frustrating game I ever watched.

TNORANGEDOGDAD writes:

Receivers catch touchdown passes and we should cover spread and win with this defense 69-48

south_alabama_vol writes:

Whoever said "first one to 50 wins" was exacatly right

voldawg writes:

Is there such a thing as a moral loss?

movol77 writes:

The defense is getting progressively worse. It's not about 4/3 to 3/4 anymore. It's about the DC.

payton1 writes:

holy phooey dooly should be demoted to janitor !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

born2ride writes:

Give Sal 2 more years and we will be holding teams under 40 points per game.

Go Big Vols!

Orange For Life!

RubyBegonia writes:

Absolutely no excuse for it to be necessary to win the game in the final two minutes against Troy!

jimr07 writes:

Painful to watch.. so i didn't. This should have been Tenn 58 Troy 10

VolGrad writes:

Need a serious painkiller after this one.

CrankE writes:

You know, 55-48 is a great score . . . in basketball. Maybe that's the "second season" that Dooley is talking about.

Maybe UT could spread Dooley's buyout according to the number of "seasons" he's had.

Voltransplant writes:

If Sal doesn't get ahold of our defensive backs, we are in major trouble. I honestly believe that they are getting worse.

movol77 writes:

in response to born2ride:

Give Sal 2 more years and we will be holding teams under 40 points per game.

Go Big Vols!

Orange For Life!

This

Vols_fan_27 writes:

How ironic is it that this team goes into the record books (for multiple reasons)? Of all the great UT teams over the years, this is one that will be placed in Ink....

CrankE writes:

in response to south_alabama_vol:

Whoever said "first one to 50 wins" was exacatly right

Ting!

That was me.

dbs writes:

How many were in the stands today?

jimr07 writes:

in response to BamaGradFromMobile:

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I apologize to UT fans for respoding to this idiots post... I have never wanted LSU to win more than tonight.

HtownVol writes:

Maybe the worst Win I have ever seen.

ow is this defense so lousey? We have too much talent andh to be this bad vs Troy.
The 25 yard delay draw plays was the most pathetic display of gap maintaining that I have ever seen.
How many 3rd and 15+ plays did troy break a big play on, 4-5?

The Offense was good but still there was about 3 SIMPLE TD's that were just dropped for no reason.

4 Unsportsmanlike penalties, isnt that coaching?

4 wins and Vandy, Mizz and UK left. None of them are going to be easy at all and I have no confidence that UT will win any of them.

Today, even though UT won, I was just so depressed to see how bad the UT defense is.

I just dont know how UT will get better. Especially if we lose the reason we score (Bray, Hunter and Patterson)

GO VOLS

Colts_VolFan writes:

All you haters take that. What a display by the coaching staff today. It was pure Geneous resting the defense. Got to keep them fresh for the meat of the second season. I smell contract extension.

Supersayin1 writes:

At some point it stops being coaching and falls on the players !! It's the Players, they are soft, weak,slow,and not very smart or agressive!

This defense lacks the killer instinct and speed that an SEC Defense needs!

movol53 writes:

Do we even have a defense???? No wonder we lost to the BIG BOYS; we can't defend against Farragut High School. Why did we not run the ball more and help our so called defense by keeping Troy's offense off the field. I did not watch or listen to the game just see the result. Perhaps we could not run the ball against Troy???? I know we run some as I see the stats but why did we not run more????

Volarmy101 writes:

Where has the defense gone? Secondary absolutely terrible. Moore constantly out of position and arm tackling all day. AJ beat In the middle all day and chipped out of position. Sentimore seems to be the only one playing with a mean streak. Chaney basically afraid to throw the ball inside the twenty all third quarter. Big day by Bray, he is acting like a winner and made plays all day. O line all get game balls.

Homermoosevols writes:

Go f--- yourself bamamobilehome.

RubyRed4 writes:

in response to BamaGradFromMobile:

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I'm not a Vol fan, but I just have one word for you..... KARMA!
Classless post. I'm sure Alabama is just thrilled to have you on their side.

volhome writes:

We have a tradition of a small shot after each TN score, so today should have been a woohoo game. Instead I am just facing a horrible hangover, so I think I'll just go apply some more alcohol to it. A win's a win I reckon, and with that, Go Vols!

pcshowtime writes:

Does anyone honestly think we will beat a determined vandy team at home?

dvhill100 writes:

Hang down your head coach Dooley,
Hang down your head and cry,
Hang down your head coach Dooley,
Oh boy your career's gonna die.

orangecountyvols writes:

Vols,

A continuation of my other post. The defense should apologize to anyone who ever played defense for Tennessee............and a couple position coaches on defense need to say goodbye.

Still, the defense made a couple rare stops.
Thank goodness the Troy coaches did not run a QB draw on the 4th and 2 inches.

On this day........we were flat lucky. Bray over throwing receivers, Dallas dropping a sure TD in the endzone, Palardy kicking a poor punt, kicking off out of bounds, our having to take field goals close to the goal,
numerous offside penalties, but giving up first downs when they had it 3rd and 15 at their 5 etc...........just inexcusable.

Just very, very lucky folks. No excuses

TNORANGEDOGDAD writes:

Where does this defense go from here. No way it can get worse. I really do not see us beating MIZ. with a mobile QB. or Vandy team with confidence and revenge on their mind.

6972 writes:

in response to BamaGradFromMobile:

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Bama grad: You are right. Our defense is terrible. And by the way, glad to know you finished grammar school. Congratulations.

smokeybitesback writes:

ok so that was a sad sad defensive game, and to some point offensive with the miss throws by bray and the drops by the receivers..if they don't fire Dooley then ok, but please, please FIRE SAL!!!!! he is a terrible DC, he has NO CLUE

payton1 writes:

heart if you have a heart fire this clown now and get a real coach we are the laughing stock of football!!!!!!!!!

Clarkrm0706 writes:

in response to BamaGradFromMobile:

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Said this a few time but Bubba fans are slow. Your future depends on strength of schedule and rooting for us to suck is detrimental to your program. Oh
never mind. Just stop staring at your sister.

movol77 writes:

It's Sunseri's job to stop opposing offenses NO MATTER WHAT PLAYERS YOU HAVE. Call a defensive play that WORKS WITH THE PLAYERS YOU HAVE. It's on the DC!

wigmeister writes:

May have been a win, but this was embarrassing! Horrible defense. How can you keep asking this offense to do so much. Won't happen against Missouri!

JDX47 writes:

Sal will go to work this week to get rid of those "explosives." I think he will try to coach 'em up this week and see if those "explosives" can be resolved. 721 isn't that bad it's just because of those "explosives" and I bet they work on those this week.

mpmknox writes:

My problem is that there does not seem to be any PROGRESS being made on defense. Don't they practice between games and work on correcting errors?! This defense doesn't even rate the word "defense."

I listened to the game on the radio. Poor Tim Priest is beside himself about the missed assignments and bad angles.

redskinvol1 writes:

WHAT CAN I SAY?.....FIRE DOOLEY NOW!!

mdvol writes:

1-0 in the second season! Woo hoo! Our defense could not stop a conversation.

suggest_removal_4_all_troll_posts writes:

We need to hire a defensive coordinator that has proven that he can shut down an offense.

I say hire Dave Clawson as defensive coordinator immediately!!!!

pingkr62 writes:

in response to VolGrad:

Need a serious painkiller after this one.

Jack Daniels 07.

knoxdude32 writes:

in response to dvhill100:

Hang down your head coach Dooley,
Hang down your head and cry,
Hang down your head coach Dooley,
Oh boy your career's gonna die.

Points for a nice reference to Tom Dooley!

JDX47 writes:

in response to suggest_removal_4_all_troll_posts:

We need to hire a defensive coordinator that has proven that he can shut down an offense.

I say hire Dave Clawson as defensive coordinator immediately!!!!

Now that's funny...

arkyvol writes:

there were a lot of us who expected to be where we are today when hammy announced he was hiring a losing coach out of the bush leagues and giving him a buyout that would embarrass bill bellichick. btw: he did have a famous last name. thanks again, hammy, wherever you are.

tedstryker1980 writes:

in response to Clarkrm0706:

Said this a few time but Bubba fans are slow. Your future depends on strength of schedule and rooting for us to suck is detrimental to your program. Oh
never mind. Just stop staring at your sister.

I thought you were trying to make this place an adult board free from third grade insults. What happened?

pcshowtime writes:

why is everybody complaining about the players. 9 of 11 starters back from last years 27th ranked defense. Was Justin Wilcox that good as DC last year or is Sal Sunseri that bad.

volfanwestcoast writes:

I'd encourage everyone to email Athletic Director Hart and Chancellor Cheek at the addresses below. I can't bring myself to even watch this defense anymore.

athleticdirector@utk.edu
chancellor@utk.edu

VolzsFan writes:

10 win seasons. Packed stadiums. National relevance. All overrated. Are we all enjoying the change? You wanted it. Be careful what you ask for.

trl_x writes:

An absolute disgrace on defense. Just a disgrace.

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