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Phillip  Fulmer

Getting Tennessee's offense and defense firing on all cylinders at the same time has been an elusive process this season. Outside of the possible exceptions of the first half of the Georgia game and the second half vs. Florida, it's hard to make a case both units have played well for even 30 minutes at the same time in 2004.

The South Carolina game stands as perhaps the most stark example so far of UT's offense and defense being out of sync. The Vols' stop troops played a physical brand of football early and, despite dealing with unfavorable field position, held the Gamecocks without a touchdown for the first 48:30 of the contest. Then UT's defense did an abrupt about face, surrendering 21 points in the next 10:08. On...

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