Another dubious record for UT's defense

Tennessee defensive lineman Corey Miller (80) stops Missouri quarterback James Franklin (1) during the first half at Neyland Stadium Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee defensive lineman Corey Miller (80) stops Missouri quarterback James Franklin (1) during the first half at Neyland Stadium Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

Even a dominant first half didn’t stop Tennessee’s defense from setting another dubious record in Saturday’s 51-48 loss to Missouri in four overtimes.

The Vols became the first team in SEC history to allow 38 or more points in six consecutive games.

Starting with the game against Georgia on Sept. 29, the Vols have allowed scores of 51, 41, 44, 38, 48 and 51.

"We came out knowing the calls and running them to a ‘T’," said linebacker A.J. Johnson. "In the second half, we ran the same calls. (Missouri) just made plays on us."

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Tennessee appeared to be settling for a field goal on the first possession of the second overtime when coach Derek Dooley opted for a little trickery.

The Vols perfectly executed a fake field goal and holder Tyler Drummer dashed into the end zone nearly untouched.

The incredible play was nearly forgotten by the time the game was over, but at the time the fake looked like it could be a game-changer.

"I was thankful Coach put me in that spot," Drummer said. "It was a great snap and we had great blocks."

Drummer, a junior and graduate of Powell High School, is a walk-on receiver who played at the University of the Cumberlands before transferring to Tennessee. He has been the regular holder for five games.

He said the Vols began practicing that particular fake just this week.

"It was a surprise (when it was called), but we had prepared for that," Drummer said.

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The earthquake that rattled some homes in East Tennessee was felt at Neyland Stadium. The brief shaking coincided with the playing of the Star Spangled Banner just before the 12:21 p.m. kickoff.

The 4.3 magnitude quake was centered near Whitesburg, Ky., and also was felt in Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Indiana, Ohio and Georgia, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. No damage was reported.

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Condredge Holloway, the first black quarterback in the SEC and the first black baseball player in UT history, was honored as the Vols’ legend of the game.

Holloway has spent the past 14 years on Tennessee’s athletics staff and currently serves as assistant athletic director for student-athlete relations and lettermen.

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Johnson is now tied for the team lead in rushing touchdowns after running for another short-yardage score out of the "Beast" formation in the first half.

Johnson has five touchdowns in 11 carries. That ties Rajion Neal, who has five touchdowns in 134 carries.

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Tennessee was 6-0 in overtime games at home until losing Saturday. Missouri is 11-4 in overtime games, the most overtime wins in NCAA history. Tennessee is in second place at 10-4.

The Vols are 2-2 in overtime under Dooley, beating UAB in 2010 and Vanderbilt in 2011 and losing to North Carolina in the 2010 Music City Bowl.

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Missouri didn’t cross the 50-yard line until 2:34 was left in the second quarter ... UT linebacker Curt Maggitt left the game late due to an apparent right knee injury. There was no immediate word on his status. ... Tennessee has 4,951 yards through 10 games, just off the pace of the record-setting 1997 season, when the Vols had 4,953 through this point. ... Former Tennessee receiver Da’Rick Rogers was honored at Tennessee Tech’s Senior Day after informing the school he would enter the NFL draft after this season.

Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him at www.Twitter.com/TennesseeBeat.

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NeedForSpeed writes:

Another ad nauseum repeat headline stating the obvious. Go do some real journalism and figure out what the hell is really going on in the AD office. Do they know their football team is the joke of the country?

GloryDays writes:

Alabama got their sorry rear end kicked today, their defense hasn't been the same since Sal Sunseri left. I will pay the bus fair for a one way tcket for Sal to go back to bama! Roll Tide! Way to choke!!!

whatthe84 writes:

Come on need for speed give the guy a break. His is just stating the obvious. The big orange defense is kinda like swiss cheese. The offense is tasked with having to score everytime they get the ball. In the first half they racked up quite a bit of yardage but did not have a large number on the scoreboard and that hurt them in the end. The big orange nation needs to drop their expectation level several notches. I think we should look to our immediate west and north to see what our future looks like. That would be Vanderbilt and Kentucky. I do believe that Vandy is actually on the upswing and their past might be more relevant to the future of UT. We are now on par with them in the east and don't have a chance of seeing Atlanta in December for a long, long time. George, South Carolina and Florida are light years ahead of us. Missouri is better, and Vandy has more excitement than UT. Kentucky is the only program that is below UT and if they hold their nose and nod their head to Bobby "P" they will on the road to better days. That could leave ole smoky behind. Ole Smoky is huring with a bad case of hemmoroids and he is walking with a limp, and rocky top is littered with manure. If you go up there I would suggest wearing a pair of old boots and watch your step. Bowl elgible...are you kidding me who would want to invite the vols? I would be ashamed to go to a bowl if I were invited. The entire athletic program is falling flat on its face. The once might lady vols lost to Chattanooga of the Southern Conference. Granted they have had a good team for that second tier but come on. The men BB, no, baseball, no, lady vol softball, no, track, no, golf, no, no,no,no......

beaus27 writes:

Any word of John Chavis on the short list for HC?

brokendownoldvol writes:

Duh Johnson, They made adjustments at halftime. Dooley never has.

ULTIMATEVOLUNTEER writes:

Bad "journalism". Overtime points can distort all kind of records.

gobigorange5090 writes:

in response to beaus27:

Any word of John Chavis on the short list for HC?

Why would he be? We dont need to hire an assistant coach. We need to hire a proven HEAD coach. We cant afford to make another mistake!

6972 writes:

I wish we were playing Auburn Sat instead of the Dores.

shorttail writes:

in response to gobigorange5090:

Why would he be? We dont need to hire an assistant coach. We need to hire a proven HEAD coach. We cant afford to make another mistake!

i wish you had a proven head coach, with this defense, in 3 years you would need another proven coach

Vol_in_Mich writes:

in response to beaus27:

Any word of John Chavis on the short list for HC?

Quite a few of my LSU friends say they would gladly give him back. Most of you know why. 3rd & Chavis is alive & well in B.R. & the coonasses don't like "playing not to lose"

GBO - Wait till year after next

VolinVirginia writes:

in response to beaus27:

Any word of John Chavis on the short list for HC?

Sure, why not? Let's get Fulmer back as well.
As far as Offensive Coordinator, do we go with Randy Sanders or go back to the Clawfense????

tnvol34 writes:

Don't drag this out, tell Dooley to resign, or get fired, on MONDAY! Don't let all the good coaches get hired by other teams!

VolinVirginia writes:

From the article:
"The Vols became the first team in SEC history to allow 38 or more points in six consecutive games."

I can't watch anymore. How many of you think the Vols will extend this record to eight consecutive games?

MikeNPS writes:

in response to beaus27:

Any word of John Chavis on the short list for HC?

Yes, the word is that we don't want him.

JonGrudensAgent writes:

One constant under the Dooley regime, falling flat on their faces in the second halves of games.

fearthehound writes:

in response to VolinVirginia:

Sure, why not? Let's get Fulmer back as well.
As far as Offensive Coordinator, do we go with Randy Sanders or go back to the Clawfense????

No wait, let's try this. Let's all climb into our time machine, we'll make Doug Dickey head coach, Johnny Majors our offensive coordinator, Phil Fulmer our offensive line coach, Chavis our defensive coordinator, and Gruden our graduate assistant. Great times in K-town.

WinkeyVol writes:

It's not so bad when someone in the defensive backfield or a linebacker gets beat in pass coverage , but what is so frustrating is the coverage confusion leaving a receiver all by himself for a completion.No one around! It means the defense is not prepared or they don't understand the logistics of the defensive scheme.

VolzsFan writes:

in response to VolinVirginia:

Sure, why not? Let's get Fulmer back as well.
As far as Offensive Coordinator, do we go with Randy Sanders or go back to the Clawfense????

Now why in the world we we go back to averaging 10 wins per year in 11 game regular seasons, the most kids drafted in the SEC, and SEC Championship game every 4 years, national relevance, winning recruiting battles against the big teams, etc.? I like the 60K in the stands sub 500 version...I mean really, hire our own Hall of Famer? UT fans cannot stand success so that would be going against the grain. LOL LOL LOL LOL!

DwayneElizondoMountainDewHerbertCamacho writes:

Best tweet of the night that I've seen:

"Quick reminder: Mike Hamilton chose Lane Kiffin over Brian Kelly and Derek Dooley over Kevin Sumlin."

To all of you out there bellyaching over there not being any available coaches, the trick is to find a coach that is a winner. It is difficult, but not as hard as Mike Hamilton made it out to be. Rule 1: Don't hire a coach with a career losing record even if he interviews well.

VolinVirginia writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

Now why in the world we we go back to averaging 10 wins per year in 11 game regular seasons, the most kids drafted in the SEC, and SEC Championship game every 4 years, national relevance, winning recruiting battles against the big teams, etc.? I like the 60K in the stands sub 500 version...I mean really, hire our own Hall of Famer? UT fans cannot stand success so that would be going against the grain. LOL LOL LOL LOL!

Oh, I am sure we will be in the BCS Bowl the first year they are back. But do you think we can lure Fulmer back to Tennessee? Do you think he will leave his current coaching job to return to UT? After all, someone with the track record you listed above would have been hired instantly. After all, Houston Nutt was hired less than a month after being let go at Arkansas.

I sincerely hope you get your wish, VolzFan.

OrangePride writes:

Well.....so much for the experiment of Dooley taking more command of the defense. Basically, no change; we do well here and there, but suffer a total collapse somewhere else. But here is one inescapable fact: NO second half adjustments ever seem to be effective....if in fact there are any. The other thing is that Chaney will abandon the run game the moment he senses danger. I have been supporting this staff and team all year, but it is just obvious we need a change. NOTHING will change next year if we keep this head coach. Pittman has done a GREAT job with the O-line and Graham has worked some pretty good stuff with the backs. But, we have totally lost ALL credibility at the top (HC, OC, DC)....and trust me, I take no joy in making that statement. Hart needs to announce the change next week and lets get on with finding a new head coach sooner rather than later. And Vols.........let's go out and win these last two! GO VOLS!!

Ironcity writes:

in response to whatthe84:

Come on need for speed give the guy a break. His is just stating the obvious. The big orange defense is kinda like swiss cheese. The offense is tasked with having to score everytime they get the ball. In the first half they racked up quite a bit of yardage but did not have a large number on the scoreboard and that hurt them in the end. The big orange nation needs to drop their expectation level several notches. I think we should look to our immediate west and north to see what our future looks like. That would be Vanderbilt and Kentucky. I do believe that Vandy is actually on the upswing and their past might be more relevant to the future of UT. We are now on par with them in the east and don't have a chance of seeing Atlanta in December for a long, long time. George, South Carolina and Florida are light years ahead of us. Missouri is better, and Vandy has more excitement than UT. Kentucky is the only program that is below UT and if they hold their nose and nod their head to Bobby "P" they will on the road to better days. That could leave ole smoky behind. Ole Smoky is huring with a bad case of hemmoroids and he is walking with a limp, and rocky top is littered with manure. If you go up there I would suggest wearing a pair of old boots and watch your step. Bowl elgible...are you kidding me who would want to invite the vols? I would be ashamed to go to a bowl if I were invited. The entire athletic program is falling flat on its face. The once might lady vols lost to Chattanooga of the Southern Conference. Granted they have had a good team for that second tier but come on. The men BB, no, baseball, no, lady vol softball, no, track, no, golf, no, no,no,no......

You asked who would want to invite Vols to a bowl game? Everyone! We are the only team that guarantees a shootout. No matter how bad the other teams offense is they are going to score at least 40 points. Individual plays will be made all over the field. You seem accepting of being a lower class citizen in the SEC. We fans don't have to accept it. If the next coach doesn't get it done after Dooley, you move on again. but one thing is for sure, we do not have to accept nor will we accept poor play.

gillblog writes:

in response to tnvol34:

Don't drag this out, tell Dooley to resign, or get fired, on MONDAY! Don't let all the good coaches get hired by other teams!

Agree.
It's cruel and unfair to everyone to let Dooley just twist in the wind waiting for a 'end of the season evaluation'. The evaluation is complete and more games will not change the obvious facts.
IF Hart has not made a decision by now, he's either blind, foolish, or lazy, or all three.

For heavens sake, do it now and let the recovery process get started.

orangepowerT writes:

Well we just lost a great shot at getting Derrick Green, the number one running back in the country because of all this talk of firing. Makes me sick that folks get on here and pound the team and coaches knowing recruits are watching these boards. Its a shame> These post are killing our team and our schools rep. Please stop......we all can see we have problems with our football team right now and it will be fixed, but please stop all the negative talk because it will do nothing but heart the next coach coming in to take over the program. You all are so harsh with words that a good coach as you all call it will not want to come to Tennessee.

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

Try and forget for a moment Dooley's shortcomings,the 2 easy TDs given up,Lane's fumble and Palardy's FG' that was 25 yards wide right..Any one of these goes the other way and it's a WIN! None the less the TOTAL inept of this sorry excuse for a secondary cost us the game!! It took Pinkel almost 4 quarters to figure out any pass over 20 yards is an automatic 1st down or TD..In 40 years of watching Vol football I have never seen a secondary even close to this BAD!! How in the H@LL does 12 players not realize that looking back for the ball would result in a break up..NOT once did one of these bums turn their head to see the pass coming..At this point you could put Alcoa's secondary on the field and get better results

underthehill writes:

Because UT lost ..some positive things will not be noticed..I thought McCullers had by far his best game of the year and showed the NFL folks something they have previously seen in him..at times he pushed the line..even when double teamed..but the others didn't close on the qb...

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

in response to underthehill:

Because UT lost ..some positive things will not be noticed..I thought McCullers had by far his best game of the year and showed the NFL folks something they have previously seen in him..at times he pushed the line..even when double teamed..but the others didn't close on the qb...

Agreed McCullers did have a good game but as usual the DLine was totally gassed in the 4th quarter and I watched in total amazement this nobody QB stand in the pocket literally like a statue and convert more 3rd and 4th downs than you can count..It also amazes me how Sal see's the same thing and doesn't blitz or stunt a LB to help with the rush

arkyvol writes:

thanks again, hammy.

caliperman writes:

I know the defense didn't play well, but has anyone else noticed the last two games, officials have called penalities on UT, but look the other way when the other taems does the same thing?? Are they pee wee officials??

crappieking writes:

FIRE DOOLEY!
FIRE SUNSERI!
FIRE HART!
FIRE CHEEKS!

ASAP!!!!!!!

bigal728 writes:

in response to GloryDays:

Alabama got their sorry rear end kicked today, their defense hasn't been the same since Sal Sunseri left. I will pay the bus fair for a one way tcket for Sal to go back to bama! Roll Tide! Way to choke!!!

glorydays, you have a short memory. Last time I checked we've kicked your butts 6 years in a row. You mentioned choke in your post. Mo? Talk about choking. You guys have invented the word this year. I'm glad to see all the grief you and your team are experiencing. Paybacks are hell.

Geofffourmyle writes:

in response to caliperman:

I know the defense didn't play well, but has anyone else noticed the last two games, officials have called penalities on UT, but look the other way when the other taems does the same thing?? Are they pee wee officials??

The better and better known teams get the breaks, often. Recall the grotesque pass interference no-call against Vandy playing South Carolina early this year.

The game hinged on that call.

Walt

UT '81

drone#208075 writes:

Maybe we consider Syracuse's coaches since they beat Strong's team - oh wait.........

west_tn_volfan writes:

in response to bigal728:

glorydays, you have a short memory. Last time I checked we've kicked your butts 6 years in a row. You mentioned choke in your post. Mo? Talk about choking. You guys have invented the word this year. I'm glad to see all the grief you and your team are experiencing. Paybacks are hell.

bi gal728 why are you on a UT web site? No bama web sites?

VolinVirginia writes:

in response to fearthehound:

No wait, let's try this. Let's all climb into our time machine, we'll make Doug Dickey head coach, Johnny Majors our offensive coordinator, Phil Fulmer our offensive line coach, Chavis our defensive coordinator, and Gruden our graduate assistant. Great times in K-town.

Laughed out loud at that one.
Your idea is even better!

VolinVirginia writes:

OOPS, did someone just post using the wrong screen name???

BigBadVol writes:

I can not believe that the program I have supported for so long has reached such sad times. It breaks my heart. I find it hard to watch the games anymore. It's no fun. Gruden, five million, now please come and take us back to prominence.

MinisterOfDefense writes:

One name I haven't heard thrown around in the coaching discussion that I think needs serious consideration is one David Cutcliffe. Before anyone screams about "Glory Days" or "Living in the Past" consider this. In the last 20(ish) years, the success of the program at the University of Tennessee has been directly related to having David Cutcliffe on staff, or having palyers he brought in and coached. I was well known during Fulmer's tenure that Cut handled the discipline, with things really getting out of hand after he left to coach Ole Miss. The man has a career winning record at OLE MISS AND DUKE. Let that sink in for a minute. He was fired at Ole Miss in a season after he lost half of his starters from the previous year, one of whom being Eli Manning. He has more wins at Duke than do the Vols after taking over that program. He is also the guy Peyton and Eli Manning come to when they want advice on how to play Quarterback, let that one sink in too. Cut may not be the sexiest pick out there, but he is a winner, and has proven it at schools that have far, far less resources than Tennessee. He is also widely considered one of the best Quarterback coaches on earth, and I think that hire could convince Bray, Hunter, and Patterson to stay. Again, think Ainge Pre and Post Cut, then imagine the possibility of Bray Post Cut. Also, I think you could retain Pittman and Graham if Cut was brought it.

Can I Get A Witness?!

VolinVirginia writes:

in response to MinisterOfDefense:

One name I haven't heard thrown around in the coaching discussion that I think needs serious consideration is one David Cutcliffe. Before anyone screams about "Glory Days" or "Living in the Past" consider this. In the last 20(ish) years, the success of the program at the University of Tennessee has been directly related to having David Cutcliffe on staff, or having palyers he brought in and coached. I was well known during Fulmer's tenure that Cut handled the discipline, with things really getting out of hand after he left to coach Ole Miss. The man has a career winning record at OLE MISS AND DUKE. Let that sink in for a minute. He was fired at Ole Miss in a season after he lost half of his starters from the previous year, one of whom being Eli Manning. He has more wins at Duke than do the Vols after taking over that program. He is also the guy Peyton and Eli Manning come to when they want advice on how to play Quarterback, let that one sink in too. Cut may not be the sexiest pick out there, but he is a winner, and has proven it at schools that have far, far less resources than Tennessee. He is also widely considered one of the best Quarterback coaches on earth, and I think that hire could convince Bray, Hunter, and Patterson to stay. Again, think Ainge Pre and Post Cut, then imagine the possibility of Bray Post Cut. Also, I think you could retain Pittman and Graham if Cut was brought it.

Can I Get A Witness?!

Perhaps someone else could chime in but I heard that he has had health issues, and may not want the stress associated with this job. Wasn't he supposed to be a candidate after the Kiffin fiasco?

wildmed writes:

in response to VolinVirginia:

Perhaps someone else could chime in but I heard that he has had health issues, and may not want the stress associated with this job. Wasn't he supposed to be a candidate after the Kiffin fiasco?

I understand Cutcliffe was informally approached but the UT administration wanted him to keep Kiffin's staff, a no-brainer that produced a "No Thanks!"

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