August 12, 2008

2008: Grading the non-conference schedules


We've created a vicious cycle in college football. Sure we all love the fact that just about every game is on TV nowadays. And because coaches and athletic directors want their teams to look good on TV, so they schedule a lot of limp fish opponents. Because wins beget bowl games. Bowl games begets job security. Job security begets more money. Thus, more money is insured by wins. You spin me right round baby right round, like a record.

No longer do college football teams across the country take chances. Or, well, rarely do they. Have you noticed how boring Septembers have become, except for the occasional Appy State upset of Michigan or Ohio State showdown with Texas?

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January 01, 2008

Missed Opportunities Haunt Wisconsin As Tennessee Captures Outback Bowl Win

TAMPA, Fla. - With less than a minute to play, and his No. 18 Wisconsin team trailing No. 16 Tennessee, 21-17, Tyler Donovan couldn't have been happier if he was sitting in front of a platter of steak instead of in a bowl named for a steakhouse.

"Those kind of situations, it's fun," the senior signal-caller said. "Players thrive in those kinds of situations, and I was loving it."

With 28 seconds left, however, he was devastated.

That was when Antonio Wardlow picked off Donovan's would-be touchdown pass to win the game. If he had connected with, Donovan would have been the hero of the 2007 Outback Bowl. Instead, the Volunteers held on for the 21-17 win.

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Wardlow Picks Up The Win For Tennessee

TAMPA, Fla. - Perhaps it's tacky to say in a bowl game named for a steakhouse, but stick a fork in this one, because it's done.

Antonio Wardlow picks off Tyler Donovan's pass from the 36-yard line in the end zone, and Tennessee is your 2008 Outback Bowl Champion, beating Wisconsin, 21-17. Volunteers quarterback Erik Ainge is your game MVP after going 25-for-43 for 366 yards and two touchdowns.

More to come.

One More Chance

TAMPA, Fla. - The Badgers get the ball back. A five-yard run for Tennessee isn't enough. The Vols punt with 1:32, and Wisconsin will have to go 88 yards in the next 1:26 with no timeouts.

So Close, Yet So Far

TAMPA, Fla. - For a moment, it looked as if Wisconsin had its moment, as the Badgers looked to have recovered a fumble after a Josh Briscoe reception. However, it was ruled that the Badger who scooped up the ball went out of bounds before getting possession, so the Badgers still have a big stop to get before making their last drive.

Wisconsin's Gamble Doesn't Pay Off

TAMPA, Fla. - Bret Bielema chose to roll the dice, and now, the Badgers have snake eyes staring them down.

On fourth and two at the Volunteer 10, the Badgers went for it, and Donovan wound up throwing high and out of the end zone. The Vols take over with under six minutes to play.

Interesting move by the Badgers. A field goal could get them in position to win with another one, while Wisconsin will certain need a touchdown on their next possession now.

The Longest Field For Vols

TAMPA, Fla. - After nine minutes wihout a major happening in this game, we have a pivotal series coming up.

The Badgers' Ben Strickland downed a punt at the one-yard line, putting Tenneesee behind the eight-ball as they try to gain some yards.

Oopsie...Wrong Name

TAMPA, Fla. - Not much to report so far in the second half, where the biggest miscue belongs to our announcer here in the press box, who just slipped and referred to Wisconsin as the Wolverines.

Now, in all fairness, we aren't all that far from Orlando, where Michigan is playing in the Capital One Bowl, and that game is underway.

Of course, the bigger issue could be the Wolverines' opponent: Tennessee's archrival Florida. Vols fans might actually take more offense to that than Badger fans.

Then again, the fans are in the stands, and we're in the press box, so it doesn't matter all that much.

Tennessee Offense Rolling, But Wisconsin Hanging In

TAMPA, Fla. - The Wisconsin band, under the direction of Michael Leckrone, is currently performing its halftime show, consisting of music from West Side Story.

It's appropriate, because Badgers quarterback Tyler Donovan has taken enough hard shots to the head to make him start singing "I Feel Pretty."

Impressively, though, the Badgers are staying with a Tennessee offense that is going great guns. They'll recieve the ball to start the second half with a chance to tie the game, as the Vols lead 21-14 at halftime.

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Halftime In Tampa: Vols Lead 21-14

TAMPA, Fla. - The teams are headed to the locker rooms, and the bands are on their way onto the field. Your score at halftime: Tennessee 21, Wisconsin 14.

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No Warning Necessary

TAMPA, Fla. - Of course, the two minute warning isn't used in college football, but maybe an exception should be made for Wisconsin games

With 1:03 remaining on the clock , Tyler Donovan finds Andy Crooks in the end zone for a four-yard touchdown pass to make it 21-14. The pass caps off a 70-yard drive that took 5:12 off the clock with nine plays.

Wisconsin has now scored 112 points in the last two minutes of the first half during Bret Bielema's tenure as head coach.

Cottam Caught 'Em, Puts Tennesse Up 21-7

TAMPA, Fla. - Don't worry about Brad Cottam, right? He's never caught a touchdown pass in his Tennessee career.

He has now.

A 31-yard pass from Erik Ainge has the Vols up 21-7, capping off a four-play, 51-yard drive that lasted 1:40.

Tyler Donovan is back in for the Badgers at quarterback.

Rough Day For Donovan

TAMPA, Fla. - Tennessee is giving Wisconsin quarterback Tyler Donovan a headache - literally.

The Badger signal-caller had his bell rung again just after getting rid of the ball on third down, banging his head on one of his lineman's legs as he went down on the tackle.

And the pass was completed, but fell just short of the first down.

Vols Have A Fumble Of Their Own

TAMPA, Fla. - Tennessee was sitting pretty, driving deep in Wisconsin territory again with a big run by Montario Hardesty and an Ainge completing to Quintin Hancock, but the Vols have returned the favor as Kirk DeCremer forced and recovered a Lennon Creer fumble to take over for the Badgers.

In Badger injury news, Donovan is back out on the field, and P.J. Hill is out there with him and gaining yardage against the Volunteers as the Badgers attempt to march up the field from depe in their own territory.

That's Another Way To Do It: Vols up 7-0

TAMPA, Fla. - Tennessee is on the board with a touchdown 5:11 into the game. The scoring play was a direct snap to Gerald Jones, which seems to be the Vols' best option for getting the ball to a receiver so far.

Erik Ainge has looked shaky early on, throwing a third-down pass right at a defender on the Vols' first drive, then throwing very high out of the end zone when Tennessee got close. To Ainge's credit, the key play of the drive that got Tennesee deep into Badger territory was a 40-yard pass to Denarius Moore.

The Jones run capped off a nine-play scoring drive of 66 yards that lasted 2:33.

Mistakes Early

A couple of mistakes early made sure that neither team's first drive lasted long. Tennessee's opening drive never recovered from a holding penalty that negated a nice run by Arian Foster, while the Badgers looked to be in good shape after Tyler Donovan completed a pass to Paul Hubbard on third-and-8, only for Eric Berry to force the fumble and DeAngelo Willingham to recover.

The Vols are driving now in Badger territory.

More Lineup Notes And The Coin Toss

TAMPA, Fla. - A couple more changes in the lineup to report as we get set to kick off.

O'Brien Schofield will start at left end for Wisconsin in place of Kurt Ware, while Ben Strickland gets the start at left cornerback for Aaron Henry.

For the Vols, Jerod Mayo moves from "Mike" to "Will" in the linebacking corps to replace McCoy, with Ellix Wilson starting in Mayo's middle position.

Wisconsin won the coin toss and will defer to the second half. Tennessee will receive and defend the North

G'Day From The Outback, Mate!

TAMPA, Fla. - Good morning and Happy New Year from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, where we're counting down to kickoff of the 2008 Outback Bowl. Today's matchup pits the No. 18 Badgers of the Univesity of Wisconsin against the No. 6 Volunteers of the University of Tennessee.

Here's a few things to keep an eye on as we get ready for the 11:00 AM kickoff here in Tampa.

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December 01, 2007

Tigers Pull it Out

ATLANTA, Ga. – A day that started with so much uncertainty for LSU ended with a simple and enduring image:

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We have an audible

ATLANTA, Ga. - Well, I have to make one more post before I head down...again.

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Before I go down to the field

ATLANTA, Ga. - LSU is beating Tennessee on both sides of the ball.

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Where is Dorsey?

ATLANTA, Ga. - With big defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey out most of the game, the Tigers defense has done an admirable job against the Tennessee offense.

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Can he do it

ATLANTA, Ga. - Can Ryan Perrilloux lead LSU back from being down in the fourth quarter?

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A Perrilloux Faux Pas

ATLANTA, Ga. - Well, Ryan Perrilloux's first mistake of the game was almost a big one.

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So yeah, Ainge

ATLANTA, Ga. - Well, Erik AInge has proved me wrong.

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Talk about an arm

ATLANTA, Ga. - Well, Ryan Perrilloux is doing a good job of making LSU fans forget Matt Flynn real fast.

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Note to Les Miles

ATLANTA, Ga. - Try not to burn all of your timeouts before your team drives down the field at the end of the half to try to take the lead.

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Domination and Losing

ATLANTA, Ga. - Well, the Bayou Bengals are really running it up on the Vols.

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Poor Les

ATLANTA, Ga. - Well, going for it on fourth down had to catch up with Les Miles sooner or later.

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In Like Perrilloux?

ATLANTA, Ga. - Well, with Tigers starting quarterback Matt Flynn out with a shoulder injury LSU backup quarterback Ryan Perrilloux has more than stepped in for Flynn.

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A Truck Sighting

ATLANTA, Ga. - I wonder if LSU running back Jacob Hester came running full speed at Tennessee linebacker Jerod Mayo, who would take the worst of that hit?

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Trickery afoot

ATLANTA, Ga. - Well, Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer showed Les Miles early that he has a few ticks up his sleeve.

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Les Miles is Staying?

ATLANTA, Ga. - In a move unlike anything I have seen in the sports writing business, Les Miles held an impromptu news conference two hours before the SEC championship.

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November 24, 2007

Tennessee-Kentucky Wrap-up

LEXINGTON, Ky. - If Kentucky's ignominy against border rival Tennessee couldn't end this year, you wonder if it ever will. Despite fielding its best team in decades, Kentucky still came up short, losing to the SEC East Division Champion Vols 52-50 in four overtimes. The players and coaches were emotional (some were despondent) after the game. Quarterback Andre Woodson was visibly shaken, and the press room resembled something of a wake.
"All I know is 8-4 is a lot better than 7-5," head coach Rich Brooks said.

Tennessee will face LSU next Saturday in the conference title game while Kentucky will wait for its bowl selection. The Wildcats are headed to a lower-tier bowl. The likely spots are Music City, Liberty or Independence. I'll predict Memphis (Liberty). Close enough trip for UK fans, but not a repeat (UK was in Nashville at the Music City Bowl last year).

Tennessee Wins

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Tennessee just held on to outlast Kentucky 52-50 in four overtimes at Commonwealth Stadium. The Vols advance to the SEC Championship next week against LSU, while the Wildcats finish a disappointing 7-5 and likely head to a third-tier bowl for a second straight year. More later...

Tennessee Holding On

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Tennessee leads 34-24 going to the 4th quarter. The Vols are 15 minutes away from extending the nation's longest winning streak over a single opponent. Kentucky needs a big play from its defense, which thrives on turnovers. We'll see if the Vols can salt this one away on this drive. UK's defense must come up big in this final quarter and give Andre Woodson a chance for some streak-breaking heroics.

Halftime: Tennessee 24, Kentucky 7

LEXINGTON, Ky. - More bad plays, more booing. And more Tennessee domination. The first half here ended much like it started as Tennessee turned a Kentucky turnover into a score late in the half. Andre Woodson was intercepted by a UT defensive lineman with :34 seconds left in the half, and UT quickly cashed in with a 15-yard touchdown pass from Erik Ainge, who had a huge first half.

Kentucky left the field to a 17-point deficit and a shower of boos from the Big Blue Nation. That first have gives no reason to believe the 22-year losing streak won't extend to 23 years after the second half.

Tennessee scores again

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Tennessee just kicked a field goal to take a 17-7 lead over Kentucky. The Volunteers have dominated so far. Erik Ainge threw for 194 yards and two touchdowns in the first quarter alone, compared to just 19 yards for UK's Andre Woodson. The Wildcats got on the board with a TD pass from Woodson to Steve Johnson, but the home faithful have booed the struggling offense on multiple occassions today. UT just kicked off out of bounds. This will be a big drive for Big Blue.

UK-Tennessee Pregame

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The atmosphere here seemed tempered by the cold temperatures. A sparse crowd was in the stadium for the pre-game Senior Day ceremonies. Kentucky is looking to snap a 22-game losing streak to Tennessee. Ending that streak would also end UT's hopes for a berth in the SEC title game. If Kentucky wins, Georgia will advance to next Saturday's conference championship in Atlanta. If Kentucky is to pull it out, quarterback Andre Woodson must play better than he did last week at Tennessee. The teams are coming out of the tunnels; here we go!

October 06, 2007

Tennessee gets big one over Georgia

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- The Tennessee Volunteers upset the No. 11 Georgia Buldogs 35-14 Saturday night and put themselves right back in the SEC East mix.

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Touchdown hat trick for UT's Foster

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- Tennessee running back Arian Foster capped off Tennessee's longest scoring drive of the day with his third touchdown to put the Vols ahead 35-7.

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Georgia gets on the board

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- The Georgia Bulldogs put together their first scoring drive of the game cutting the Tennessee lead to 28-7 with 9:39 in the third quarter.

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Georgia running back out for game

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- Georiga running back Thomas Brown has an injured right shoulder and will be out for the rest of the game against Tennessee. Brown led the Bulldogs in rushing in the first half with 20 yards.

With 10:27 in the third quarter Georgia has the ball and is in Tennessee territory for the first time today.

Tennessee takes big lead into halftime

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- Tennessee couldn't have asked for a better first half against Georgia. The Vols take a 28-0 lead into the half and have dominated the Bulldogs on both sides of the ball.

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Bulldogs getting blown out early

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- Tennessee running back Arian Foster scored his second rushing touchdown of the game stretching the Vols lead to 28-0 with 6:41 remaining in the second quarter over Georgia.

Foster busted a 22 yard run outside on a third and short attempt. Third downs have been a problem all season for the Volunteers, but they have converted four of five attempts today.

Vols continue to build lead

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- The Fulmer family may be the loudest of any group in Neyland Stadium. Tennessee stretched its lead to 21-0 on a Montario Hardesty run in a game that many are calling are a make or break game for coach Phillip Fulmer.

Fulmer's wife and daughter are leading the cheers in one of Tennessee's sky boxes next to the press box.

Vols driving again

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- The Volunteers aren't letting up after taking a 14-0 lead. With 12 minutes remaining in the first half the Volunteers blocked a Georgia punt and currenlty have the ball in the red zone.

Vols use trickery to stretch lead

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- Tennessee got a little creative at the beginning of the second quarter taking a 14-0 lead over Georgia. Wide receiver Lucas Taylor found a wide open LaMarcus Coker down the left sideline on a 56-yard touchdown strike.

Coker and Taylor hooked up in a similar fashion against Florida last season.

Vols take early lead

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- Tennessee marched down the field in its opening drive using a combination or runs by Arian Foster and LaMarcus Coker. Foster ran it in from 9 yards out to give the Vols the early lead.

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Vols, Bulldogs looking to get back into SEC East chase

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - No. 11 Georgia travels to Tennessee Saturday afternoon looking for its fourth straight win on Rocky Top and a share of the SEC East lead.

Despite a 2-2 start for the Volunteers this season fans seem to be hyped up for the game. With an hour before kickoff scalpers were still asking for atleast $125 a seat. Fans may be dissapointed in the Vols start, but it hasn't affected their attitudes so far. It will be a warm sunny day in Knoxville with a slight breeze from the east.

Both the Vols are Bulldogs have one conference loss and the loser will most likely be out of the race for the East crown.

Here are some of the storylines to watch for during the game:

Tennessee won last year in Athens 51-33, but gave up two special teams touchdowns, a punt return and a kick return. That trend has continued this season as the Volunteers have given up five non offensive touchdowns: 2 fumble returns, two punt returns and an interception return for scores.

Georgia has a dual running attack of Knowshon Moreno and Thomas Brown that has combined for 825 yards and nine touchdowns in the Bulldogs five games. The Volunteers have given up over 200 yards on the ground in both of their losses so look for Georgia to rush early and often.

Tennessee quarterback Erik Ainge is leading the SEC in passing yards a game at over 285 yards a game. Ainge is coming off a career high 334 passing yard effort against Arkansas State and has only been sacked twice in 171 passing attempts this season. If the Vols can continue to protect their senior qb expect Tennessee to put up some impressive numbers through the air.

Many are calling this the most important game in Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer's career. Fans are looking for a change and if the Vols fall to 2-3 the pressure for change at head coach will continue to grow.

September 15, 2007

Florida-Tennessee: Final Recap

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Tony Joiner sealed Florida's 39-point win with a kiss.

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Florida putting on the finishing touches

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - It's just about over.

Backed into their own end zone, Florida drove 99 yards on nine plays to go up 42-20. Then Erik Ainge threw the ball away on fourth down, handing the ball back to the Gators with 12 minutes left.

Percy Harvin keyed Florida's scoring drive, snaring a 49-yard catch on the first play of the series.

Then he ran into the end zone, splitting Tennessee defenders and spinning his way to the goal line.

Harvin has been a beast today. He has been more present in today's game than the first two contests combined.

That is the caveat with Harvin. Urban Meyer likes to save him for big games because of his chronic leg and knee problems. After watching today's performance, I can't blame Meyer for that strategy.

Florida-Tennessee: Final Recap

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Tony Joiner seeled Florida's 39-point win with a kiss.

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A defensive shootout

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Can there be such a thing as a defensive shootout?

In a game billed as an offensive coordinator's dream and a defensive coordinator's nightmare, the defenses are winning out here in the second half between Florida and Tennessee.

The Gators just answered Eric Berry's 96-yard interception return with an 18-yard fumble recovery by linebacker Dustin Doe for a score.

Arian Foster did not get a clean handle of Erik Ainge's handoff as the ball flew forward a few yards off of his hands.

Foster was quickly pounded into the ground.

Doe was the beneficiary, as the ball bounced right into his grasp and he scampered in.

Florida leads 35-20 with 5 minutes left in the third.

Tebow looks human

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Wait a second, Tim Tebow threw an interception, that's right, an interception.

Tennessee cornerback Eric Berry stepped in front of Tebow's receiver, Riley Cooper, and ran it back 96 yards, juking out Tebow on the path to the north end zone. That brings Tennessee to within 8 points at 28-20 early in the third quarter.

The play was a clear miscommunication between Tebow and Cooper, as Cooper zigged than started a zag, when Tebow thought Cooper would stop after his zig, if that makes any sense.

That is Tebow's first interception in his last 79 attempts, dating back to last year, and only the second of his short career at Florida.

Tennessee feeling the blues

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Florida's offense has finally been stopped, not by Tennessee, but by the halftime whistle.

Tim Tebow and Co. scored again with less than 2 minutes remaining in the half, as Florida's sophomore quarterback found wideout Cornelius Ingram in the left corner of the end zone.

Tennessee answered with an Erik Ainge-Chris Brown 15-yard connection for a touchdown with :25 seconds left.

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Who needs running backs?

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Tim Tebow just jumped into the arms of Jonathan Hefney. There's no other way to say it.

Tebow scored Florida's third touchdown on a quarterback sneak, leaping towards the best defensive back in the SEC and capping a nine-play, 58-yard drive that put Florida up 21-6.

Tebow carried four times for 39 yards on the drive, where at one point Florida hit a mark of 11 straight runs by non-running backs.

Another field goal for Tennessee

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Here's the early summary for the Tennessee-Florida game: Florida is scoring touchdowns, and Tennessee is scoring field goals.

The Volunteers just drove 77 yards only to stop for a 22-yard Daniel Lincoln field goal and cut the Gators' lead to 14-6. Erik Ainge picked apart the Florida secondary, and Arian Foster found holes in the defensive line.

But the Florida defense held strong in the red zone.

Yes, Tebow can throw

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Tim Tebow has decided to start passing.

After fruitless series of him taking sneaks, Tebow aired it out on Florida's last drive, culminating in a 30-yard touchdown pass to Riley Cooper.

Cooper beat Tennessee freshman Eric Berry, who moved from safety to corner for this game to replace Antonio Gaines.

On the play before the score, Tebow found Cornelius Ingram for a long grab.

Florida leads 14-3 at the end of the first quarter.

Tennessee answers

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Tennessee kicker Daniel Lincoln just hit a 27-yard field goal to cut Florida's lead to 7-3 with under 2 minutes left in the first quarter.

Lincoln is playing 30 minutes from his hometown of Ocala.

In other news, Florida cornerback Markihe Anderson, who picked off an Erik Ainge pass earlier, limped off with an apparent knee injury.

Anderson likely aggravated a knee sprain that kept him out of the team's opener. His leg is getting wrapped up on the sideline. It doesn't look like he'll come back this half.

Pouncey heads to locker room

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - We have our first injury.

Florida freshman guard Maurkice Pouncey was just helped off the field, straight to locker room by a couple of Florida doctors.

Sophomore Maurice Hurt replaced him in the lineup before Florida had to punt. Hurt is a pretty experienced backup and should be able to handle the job.

Midway through the first quarter, Florida still leads 7-0 on the Brandon James punt return for a score.
So much for the offensive shootout everyone expected.

Markihe's impact

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Few expected Florida cornerback Markihe Anderson to make an impact today.
Well, he's proven everyone wrong.

Anderson just picked off an Erik Ainge pass in the red zone, snaring the ball away from Tennessee receiver Quintin Hancock.

Anderson, Florida's top corner, barely played last week with a knee sprain and did not start today. He's only playing nickel, but he's hard to miss now.

Tim Tebow is taking his first snaps of the day now.

To no surprise, he has sneaked both times.

Dueling returns

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - After Tennessee went three-and-out, return specialist Brandon James just put Florida on the board with an 83-yard punt return.

James, a sophomore, caught the ball, broke left, came to a complete stop and ran up the middle, side-stepping punter Britton Colquitt on his way to a score.

James broke out last year against Tennessee with a return for a score that was nullified by a penalty and another where the kicker tripped him up.

On the ensuing kickoff, LaMarcus Coker takes it back 77 yards for Tennessee. The Volunteers are in position to tie it up.

The calm before the storm

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - It's just over 60 minutes before game time here at The Swamp, and the skies are clear - for now. is calling for a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms tonight.
That is not deterring the fans, who have shown up in droves of blue to tailgate outside of stadium.

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September 02, 2007


BERKELEY, Calif - DeSean Jackson was only given one chance to return a punt all night, but for Tennessee, it was one time too many.

Jackson broke a 14-14 tie in the second quarter with a 77-yard punt return for a touchdown, and Cal would never fall behind for the rest of the game, as the Bears beat the Volunteers 45-31 to open the 2007 season at Memorial Stadium.


September 01, 2007


BERKELEY, Calif. - It's offical, Cal has beated Tennessee 45-31 to open the 2007 season. I'm going to get reaction to the win, for the Bears, and the loss, to the Vols. Stay tuned for more from Memorial Stadium.


BERKELEY, Calif. - The Bears looked set to put the game away, with the ball at the Vols 1-yard line with less than three minutes left, but Nate Longshore fumbled the snap and Tennessee recovered in the endzone. Cal reviewed the play, but the ruling stood and the Vols now have the ball on its own 20 with 2:30 left.


BERKELEY, Calif. - A year ago, it was Tennessee that looked superior in everyway when these two school, met. This year, it hasn't been complete domination by Cal, but it's easily been good enough.

Last year, the fans chanted "S-E-C," to mock the "soft" Bears, but just moments ago the Bear fans returned the insult, with a "Pac-10 football" chant directed at Tennessee and its supporters.

Cal is up 45-31 with the ball at the Vols 8-yard line and 4:10 left on the clock. It's been a crazy game, but it at least seems like this one is going to go the Bears way.


BERKELEY, Calif. - In yet another impressive drive, thanks in most part to the passing of Longshore, Cal drove down the field to double its lead, as the Bears now hold a 45-31 advantage, with 9:10 left.

It's now up to the Cal defense to put this game away for the Bears, although, I have a feeling it's going to be a long 10 minutes for everyone involved.


BERKELEY, Calif. - Freshman Daniel Lincoln probably just kicked the biggest field goal of his young career, to get Tennessee within seven, at 38-31.

Tennessee could argue that it got robbed at the end of the drive, when pass interferance wasn't call on a third down play that forced the field goal attempt.

Bottomline is Cal has not looked impressive iin ts last two drives, and Tennessee is alive and well early in the fourth quarter.

One interesting statistic, because Cal has scored a fumble return and punt return for a touchdown, the Vols have dominated the time of possesion, leading 26:43 to 19:25. So Cal's defense might be tired (they look it).

Cal just went three and out, so Tennessee will have a chance to tie getting the ball with 12:28 left.


BERKELEY, Calif. - The Tennessee defense came up with a stop, and the Vols offense rewarded them, scoring a touchdown on a 10-play drive to cut the deficit to 10, at 38-28 Cal.

The big play on the Tennessee touchdown drive might have been a block.

Reciever Quintin Hancock leveled a Cal defended to free up Adrian Foster on a 3rd down reception.

Ainge has continued his great play, he's now 26-of-32 for 242 yards and three touchdown.

Tennessee's defense just had another stop, so the Vols will have a chance to get within singe digits.


BERKELEY, Calif. - In a game that has featured very little defense, Cal's goaline unit might have just put the Bears in control of this game.

Tennessee's Arian Foster had a 43-yard run to the Bears 4-yard line, but the Vols stalled inside the 2-yard-line, and lost the ball on downs. Erik Ainge had only two incompletions all game, but he threw two incompletions during the goaline sequence, including a poor pass on fourth down.

Cal has just punted the ball away, so the Vols are still in this game, they just can't waste anymore opportunities.


BERKELEY, Calif. - It took less the 90 seconds into the second half, for Cal to score its fith touchdown of the game.

DeSean Jackson picked up 21 yards on a reverse play, and Nate Longshore completed three pass culminating in a 3-yard pass touchdown to Lavelle Hawkins, to make the score 38-21.

Tennessee is in some trouble now. Scoring points shouldn' t be a problem, but at some point they will have to stop Cal. Rocky Top Nation can't be happy.


BERKELEY, Calif. - Tennessee finally couldn't answer a Cal touchdown, and the Bears kicked a short field goal with 12 second left in the half, to take a 31-21 lead into the break.

I was a fantastic first half to watch, and there is no reason to think that the second half won't be the same.

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BERKELEY, Calif. - You gotta love college football.

It seems neither defense has any kind of answer for the opposing teams offense, so the only question now is who can outscore who.

The Bears continued our back and forth pattern, with Robert Jordan scoring a touchdown from a wide reciever screen play inside the Vols 5-yard line. So now it's 28-21.

The Vols currently have the ball at the Bears 46-yard line. Is there any doubt that they are going to score?


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