All of the Vols' four remaining opponents suffered setbacks on Saturday, with three of them losing on their home fields.
Here's a recap:
- Memphis (Saturday in Knoxville). The Tigers (2-6) saw a great performance by quarterback Will Hudgens wasted as they lost 38-19 to visiting East Carolina. Hudgens completed 33 of 48 passes for 318 yards and two touchdowns. His top target was Duke Calhoun, who caught 9 balls for 91 yards. A Memphis stop unit that ranks 106th nationally in total defense was gashed again, surrendering 275 rushing yards, 222 passing yards and 497 total yards.
- Ole Miss (Nov. 14 in Oxford). The Rebels (5-3, 2-3) got another shaky performance by heralded quarterback Jevan Snead in a 33-20 loss at Auburn. Snead completed just 16 of 35 attempts for 175 yards with 2 interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown. The Rebels converted on just 3 of 15 third-down tries.
- Vanderbilt (Nov. 21 in Knoxville). The home-standing Commodores (2-7, 0-5) led 11th-ranked Georgia Tech 31-28 late in the third quarter only to be outscored 28-0 over the game's final 16 minutes and lose 56-31. No. 1 quarterback Larry Smith pulled a hamstring in the first quarter and was replaced by 2008 starter Mackenzi Adams, who completed 12 of 22 passes for 152 yards. After a 2-2 start Vandy has lost five straight games and is assured of its 26th losing season in the past 27.
- Kentucky (Nov. 28 in Lexington). The Wildcats (4-4, 1-4) led Mississippi State 14-3 early but wilted in a 31-24 home-field setback. The Big Blue defense was awful, allowing 348 rushing yards and 493 total yards. Morgan Newton, who has assumed the quarterback duties now that Mike Hartline is out for the year, completed 11 of 18 passes for 119 yards and scored on an 11-yard run.