Tennessee Stat Book
NASHVILLE — The third quarter was a disaster for Tennessee as Vanderbilt scored three touchdowns to expand its lead to 34-10 against a listless UT offense.
After a three-and-out offensive possession, UT punted and watched Vandy race 85 yards in three plays. Jordan Matthews scored on a 47-yard run on an end-around handoff.
Three plays later, Tyler Bray thew an interception that Andre Hal returned to the UT 4. Wesley Tate passed 3 yards to Kris Kentera and Vandy led 27-10.
Byron Moore's end-zone interception stopped one Commodore score but Vandy got it back when Zac Stacy ran 10 yards to make it 34-10 with 1:53 left in the period.
Tennessee did not have a first down in the quarter to that point. It finally got one on a determined 30-yard run by Marlin Lane, but soon turned the ball over on downs.
The half ended with Vanderbilt leading 13-10 as Tennessee's defense outplayed the offense.
Tennessee's only touchdown was a 14-yard pass from Bray to Zach Rogers. Michael Palardy added a 28-yard field goal with 14 seconds left in the half.
Both Bray and Justin Worley threw interceptions that set up 10 Vanderbilt points. Bray's pick led a 27-yard Carey Spear field goal that cut UT's lead to 7-6.
Worley then took over, was intercepted by Andre Hal and a 36-yard return set the Commodores up at the UT 17. On third-and-9 Jordan Rodgers hit Chris Boyd for an 11-yard touchown and a 13-7 lead.
Spear's 19 yard field goal was the only score of the first quarter. Stacy raced 72 yards with a screen pass on the game's first snap and was knocked out of bounds at the 5 by Prentiss Waggner. The Vols held and forced the field goal.
Bray was only 5 of 14 passing in the first quarter as Tennessee failed to capitalize on repeated stops by the defense.