How future foes fared
Kodi Burns

Posted Sep 13, 2009


Five of Tennessee's 10 remaining football opponents won over the weekend, three lost and two were idle.

Here's a quick recap of how each one fared:

- Florida (this Saturday in Gainesville) hammered Troy 56-6. Tim Tebow was 15 of 24 for 237 yards and 4 touchdowns. Backup John Brantley was just as sharp, completing 10 of 12 for 135 yards and a TD.

- Ohio University (Sept. 26 in Knoxville) rallied from a 17-6 deficit to beat North Texas 31-30 in two overtimes. Down 30-23 after the Mean Green scored to start OT No. 2, the Bobcats' Theo Scott completed a 15-yard TD pass to Taylor Price, then hooked up with him again for the game-winning two-point conversion. Scott finished 7 of 17 for 92 yards and teammate Boo Jackson was 9 of 14 for 77. Ohio held North Texas to 2 of 14 on third-down conversions.

- Auburn (Oct. 3 in Knoxville) got three 1-yard touchdown runs from Kodi Burns in a 49-24 drubbing of Mississippi State. The Tigers averaged 6.6 yards per carry and piled up 589 total yards in the big win.

- Georgia (Oct. 10 in Knoxville) had to stop a fourth-down pass at its 7-yard line with 22 seconds left to seal a 41-37 defeat of South Carolina. Joe Cox completed 17 of 24 passes for 201 yards and two touchdowns for the Dawgs, who overcame 108 penalty yards and an early 17-7 deficit.

- Alabama (Oct. 24 in Tuscaloosa) led Florida International just 26-14 until fourth-quarter TD runs by Trent Richardson (35 yards) and Terry Grant (42 yards) produced a 40-14 final margin. Greg McElroy completed 18 of 24 passes for 241 yards and a touchdown.

- South Carolina (Oct. 31 in Knoxville) outplayed homestanding Georgia but still lost 41-37. The Cocks topped the Dawgs in total yards (427-308) and time of possession (34:21 to 25:39) but surrendered a 100-yard kickoff return and had a PAT blocked that would've tied the score at 38-all.

- Memphis (Nov. 7 in Knoxville) was dominated by Middle Tennessee in a 31-14 loss at Murfreesboro. Middle outgained the Tigers 436 to 219 in total yards as quarterback Dwight Dasher burned Memphis for 231 passing yards (on 18 completions in 26 attempts) and 89 rushing yards (on 17 carries). Tiger QB Arkelon Hall completed 13 of 22 passes for 93 yards. Memphis averaged just 2.5 yards on 37 rushes with a long run of 15 yards.

- Ole Miss (Nov. 14 in Oxford) had an open date.

- Vanderbilt (Nov. 21 in Knoxville) trailed LSU just 16-9 until Keiland Williams' 14-yard TD run with 6:01 left salted away a 23-9 victory. The homestanding Tigers converted 9 of 17 third-down plays, compared to Vandy's 4 of 15.

- Kentucky (Nov. 28 in Lexington) had an open date.


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