Quarterly Report


Posted Sep 23, 2006


What follows is an in-depth analysis of Tennessee's 33-7 defeat of Marshall Saturday evening at Neyland Stadium, with each quarter broken down into a recap, a key play, a key player and a key statistic.

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Despite day-long rains, Tennessee moved from its 19-yard line to the Marshall 25 with the opening kickoff. James Wilhoit missed a 42-yard field goal try, ending a string of 11 conseutive successes. Marshall lost 22 yards on a poor shotgun snap, then Xavier Mitchell and Matt McGlothlin sacked Bernard Morris for a safety two plays later. Tennessee took the ensuing free kick and marched 72 yards in six plays. Erik Ainge hit Jayson Swain for gains of 11 and 41 yards, with the latter producing a 9-0 lead.
KEY PLAY

On third-and-one at the Marshall 41-yard line, Ainge fooled the defense with a fake to the dive back (Montario Hardesty), then hit Swain in stride five yards behind the Marshall secondary for an easy TD.

KEY PLAYER

Ainge. Despite the wet conditions, he was 9 of 11 passing for 122 yards and a touchdown in a spectacular quarter.

KEY STAT

Tennessee had 134 yards of total offense in the quarter, Marshall just 26.



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UT 9 Quarter 1 00:00 0 UM
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Marshall marched 92 yards in 13 plays to pull within 9-7. Morris had a 22-yard option keeper on the drive, then scored the TD on a one-yard plunge. Tennessee anwered on the ensuing possession, going 59 yards in six plays. The big plays were a 22-yard strike to Bret Smith, a 20-yard pass to Swain and a 20-yard TD run by Hardesty.
KEY PLAY

On third and 12 at the Marshall 40-yard line, Ainge threw a ball that tipped off the fingers of Bret Smith and into the waiting arms of Swain for a 20-yard gain and a crucial first down. Hardesty made his TD jaunt on the very next play.

KEY PLAYER

Bernard Morris. The Marshall QB kept his team in the game by carrying four times for 33 yards and a TD in the quarter and also completing 2 of 3 passes for 13 yards.

KEY STAT

Marshall's 92-yard TD drive was aided by 30 yards in penalties. Turk McBride was called for roughing the quarterback and Jonathan Hefney was flagged for a late hit, also inflicted on Morris.



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UT 16 Quarter 2 00:00 7 UM
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Marshall moved to the Vol 30-yard line but missed a 46-yard field goal try. Tennessee ran four plays, then punted. Marshall then controlled the ball until Demetrice Morley made a mid-air recovery of a Morris fumble at the Vol 39-yard line.
KEY PLAY

Morley's recovery. It came at a time when Marshall had tremendous momentum and appeared headed for a touchdown that could've pulled the Thundering Herd within two points.

KEY PLAYER

Britton Colquitt. His 59-yard punt pinned Marshall back on its 2-yard line at a time when the Herd seemed ready to take control of the game.

KEY STAT

Marshall controlled the ball 12:53 to Tennessee's 2:07. Not counting Colquitt's punt, UT ran just five scrimmage plays all quarter.



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UT 16 Quarter 3 00:00 7 UM
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LaMarcus Coker found a crease and went 89 yards on Tennessee's first offensive play of the period. It was the third-longest run in UT history and longest since Kelsey Finch went 99 yards vs. Florida in 1977. Jonathan Hefney intercepted to thwart Marshall, then Wilhoit nailed a 49-yard field goal with 5:24 to play, padding the lead to 26-7. David Yancey capped a 61-yard drive with a nifty five-yard burst as the Vols scored again with 23 secodns left to secure the final margin.
KEY PLAY

Coker's TD burst. He hit right guard, cut sharply to his left, bounced outside, then turned on the jets and outran the pursuit.

KEY PLAYER

Coker. He carried four times for 128 yards in the period.

KEY STAT

After rushing for just 36 yards in the first three quarters combined, UT rushed for 140 in the fourth period.



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UT 33 Quarter 4 00:00 7 UM
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More in-depth info...

Game #: 1120
Site: Knoxville
Date: Sep. 23
Conference: USA
Coach Match-up:
For the Vols - Fulmer and for the Thundering Herd - Snyder



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