(Saturday, November 22nd)
Final Score: Tennessee 20, Vanderbilt 10
Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - The Tennessee Volunteers ran for 222 yards and a score as they held off the Vanderbilt Commodores, 20-10, in SEC action at Vanderbilt Stadium.
Lennon Creer led the Volunteers (4-7, 2-5 SEC) with 80 yards on 13 carries, but he also lost a fumble in the decision. Montario Hardesty recorded 41 yards and a touchdown on the ground, while B.J. Coleman was limited to just 21 yards passing on 4-of-8 in the pocket.
The Commodores (6-5, 4-4) were led by Mackenzi Adams who converted 18-of-38 passing for 192 yards, but he was sacked three times and picked off once in the losing effort.
Tennessee scored 20 unansweered points in the first half, beginning with an eight-yard TD run by Hardesty at the 11:25 mark of the first quarter. Daniel Lincoln booted a couple of field goals in the run, the first a 25-yard effort and the second covering 24 yards with only four seconds remaining in the half. In between Eric Berry intercepted a pass and returned it 45 yards for the score to give the Vols a 20-0 lead on the road.
In the third frame Bryant Hahnfeldt knocked through a 31-yard field goal to finally put Vanderbilt on the board, while Reshard Langford returned an interception 42 yards for a touchdown later in the period, but that was the end of the scoring for both programs in the 10-point decision.
Tennessee controlled the ball for more than 35 minutes, despite converting just 4-of-13 on third down and producing a mere 243 yards of offense.
11/22 16:53:03 ET