I’m very happy this week to report that Tennessee finally got its first SEC win of the season on Saturday. The Vols defeated Mississippi State 34-3 in Knoxville. I was not able to watch this game but did track it online. I have also read several articles today about the Vols’ performance. From what I can gather, Tennessee played a pretty solid game. Here’s a quick re-cap.
The UT offense played better than they have most of the season. QB Nick Stephens was 10-of-20 for 136 yards. Not too shabby considering MS State went into this game with the nation’s number 3 pass defense. He did not have a pass for a TD, but he also protected the ball and did not throw any picks. Tennessee also put up 139 rushing yards. Lennon Creer had 17 carries for 68 yards.
Defense, once again, was fantastic! They allowed only 189 total yards (120 passing and 69 rushing). They kept pressure on the QB, and had 5 sacks. The defense was also credited with 6 tackles for loss. The defense really stepped up in the 4th quarter with consecutive interception returns for TD. Eric Berry picked off a Tyson Lee pass and ran it back 72 yards for the TD. On the next possession, Demetrice Morley intercepted the pass and returned it 32 yards for a TD.
The Vols also had a solid special teams showing and were only penalized once in the game. Overall they performed more closely to what is expected from UT football. Hopefully the team can keep this momentum going into next week when #2 Alabama heads into Knoxville. I have seen Alabama play several times this season and don’t think this Volunteer team can hang with them. However, I have seen many, many close UT-Bama games and have learned not to assume anything in that rivalry. I hope the Vols can pull out a huge upset next week.