published Sunday, November 13th, 2011

Razorbacks slice up Vols

Arkansas  running back Dennis Johnson (33) eludes tackles by Tennessee  linebacker A.J. Johnson (45) and defensive back Justin Coleman (27) during the second quarter of their NCAA college football game in Fayetteville, Ark., Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011.
Arkansas running back Dennis Johnson (33) eludes tackles by Tennessee linebacker A.J. Johnson (45) and defensive back Justin Coleman (27) during the second quarter of their NCAA college football game in Fayetteville, Ark., Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011.
(AP Photo by April L. Brown)

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Joe Adams caught the punt at his own 40-yard line.

Ten yards later, the Arkansas senior receiver had more than half the Tennessee punt-coverage unit bearing down on him.

More than 65 yards and hardly 10 seconds later Adams was in the end zone celebrating with his teammates and a crowd of 72,103 at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

By the end of the Volunteers' 49-7 loss on Saturday night, the eighth-ranked Hogs had put together quite the highlight reel on offense, defense and special teams.

"It was great," UT coach Derek Dooley said of his punt team's coverage. "We should have had him for minus-10. We had five guys there. You've got to finish it. We had him. We've just got to tackle the guy. He's jumping here, right, left, right -- it looks like middle-school ball."

Most of UT's current players weren't even close to middle school the last time UT lost a game by more than 40 points. The 42-point loss was the Vols' worst since a 59-20 defeat at Florida in 2007. It's the second-worst loss of the modern era, behind only a 44-0 defeat to Georgia in 1981. UT is 0-6 in the Southeastern Conference for the first time in school history.

The Razorbacks lived up to their statistical presence as the league's top offense, rolling up 499 yards on 57 plays (8.8 yards per play). The Vols ran 20 more plays on offense and held the ball for 37 minutes but finished with just 376 yards and didn't score a second-half point for the second consecutive game.

"These guys are good," Dooley said. "That's what they do, and they've been doing it with a lot of teams. They're so explosive throwing the ball you have to loosen up a little bit, and when we loosen up -- we think we're good against the run, but we're good when they pack it in there and we reduce space.

"When we play teams we can't do that on and they can do either one, we just get exposed. I don't know any other way to say it. When there's air in there, you have to be a great tackling team, but they have some great playmakers -- break tackles, make moves. That's what playmakers do."

Tailback Dennis Johnson had touchdown runs of 71 and 15 yards, receiver Jarius Wright had 94 yards receiving and a touchdown and receiver Adams had the punt-return TD and hauled in a touchdown catch of 40 yards.

"We've played a lot of competitive offenses, but, you know, I think they're up there, though, for sure," said UT defensive tackle Maurice Couch.

The Vols did have some opportunities, though. Defensive back Eric Gordon dropped an interceptin he possibly could have returned for a score, and UT's kickoff coverage unit failed to jump on a loose ball on a short kickoff to open the second half.

Freshman quarterback Justin Worley threw an interception to Tramain Thomas at the goal line just before halftime with UT down 21-7.

"It's something he's just going to have to learn -- you've got to learn from it," Dooley said. "We're getting a lot of scars this year, a lot of learning. This is like we're in advanced school, football school of beatdown learning. Lot of learning going on. Lot of teaching. I don't know how much we're learning from it."

Trailing by that same tally early in the third quarter, the Vols had a fourth-and-1 opportunity erased by a holding penalty, a sack and a 12-yard punt. Johnson scored his second touchdown on the ensuing possession before Arkansas opened the floodgates and tacked on touchdown after touchdown.

"It's really hard [playing from behind], especially when you've got guys on the opposite of the ball pointing fingers," senior defensive lineman Malik Jackson said. "There was a lot of finger-pointing going on. Like I said, people hate losing and when people lose they try and find scapegoats instead of looking in the mirror and what we've got to do is look in the mirror and look at ourselves and figure out what we're going to do about it."

UT will have to win games against Vanderbilt and Kentucky the next two weeks to get to 6-6 and bowl eligibility.

"I feel pressure every week. It's not any additional pressure," Dooley said. "We're going to get defined by how we play the next two weeks. If we play like crap, we'll go down as a bad football team. If we play good, then we'll go down as a team that fought it to the end and was able to pull it out.

"It's not really complex. We're going to coach them like we do every week and prepare like we do every week. We've got a good football team coming in next week, licking their chops."

about Patrick Brown...

Patrick Brown has been the University of Tennessee beat writer since January 2011. A native of Memphis, Brown graduated from UT in May of 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism/Electronic Media and worked at the Knoxville News Sentinel for two years on the sports editorial staff and as a freelance contributor. If it’s the NBA, the NFL or SEC football and basketball, he’s probably reading about it or watching it on TV. Contact him ...

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jomo11 said...

Dooley is so far over his head. As long as he is the coach this program is going nowhere

November 13, 2011 at 12:06 a.m.
dabigorange said...

It's the SEC...5 of our 6 losses were against (coming into this week) top 15 BCS teams. Add that to the fact we are essentially lacking a junior and senior class, and it's clear we're just overmatched. I'm willing to give Dooley some time, but 8 or 9 wins next season will be needed to avoid cranking up the hot seat.

November 13, 2011 at 1:39 a.m.
bookworm said...

I am tired of hearing always "We're young." Let's see: Next year by my count we should be loaded to the hilt with Sophomores and Juniors with boucu experience? Right? If so, three 6-6 seasons in a row would just not make it. This is the lowest point in VOL football that I can ever remember since I moved from Chicago in 1968.

November 13, 2011 at 4:44 a.m.
chet123 said...

This is the worst tennessee team i have ever witness....tennesse have a tradition...even if tennessee looses they go down fighting....not this team....they have no heart......i have never seen so many missed tackles by a college football team(5 players surrounds 1 player and let him get away)Tennessee player crashing into each others and grabbing instead of tackling...it look like they were playing tag football..and this is not a 1 time moments..its a patton and they been tackling like that all year.Tennesse is a big time program WHY ARE THEY PLAYING WITH NO PRIDE......also why doesNT tennesse change their direction......

Where is JOHNNY MAJORS.....MAJORS had sense enough to MAKE adjustments....also why are Tennessee afraid to recruit Black Quarterbacks(MAJOR WAS A FAIR MAN)....whats with that?..maybe Tennessee deserves what they getting...the last time Tennessee beat Florida they had a black Quarter-back(Bret Shaiffer), Eric Ainge was scared to death....the National Title was won with Tee Martin(Black QuarterBack WHO ONLY HAD TWO SEASONS TO PLAY AT TENNESSEE)AND DONT THINK BLACK QUARTERBACKS IN HIGH SCHOOL HAVENT HEARD THAT TENNESSE WILL BENCH YOU WHILE FROG LEAPING YOU BY LESS SKILL QUARYERBACKS(THANKS TO PHIL "BUBBA" FULMER).....in the last 10 of the last 11 years(THANKS LARGELY TO PHIL FULMER) Tennessee have had quarterback with feet stuck in cement-buckets...They cant move, cant throw(Eric Aringe was overrated)...as a result they get sacked a lot....the Program will continue to loose if somebody dont have sense enough to change from 1950 Style football......GIVE ME JOHNNY MAJOR ANY DAY! MAJOR TURNED TENNESSEE FOOTBALL PROGRAM AROUND... MAJOR WAS STRAIGHT AND DIDNT POLITIC AS PHIL FULMER DID....IF DOOLEY DONT CHANGE OR ADJUST....HE WILL NOT WIN A SEC GAME...THIS STUBBORNESS OF ONE DIMENSION QUARTERBACKING IS KILLING TENNESSEE RECRUITING(NOBODY WANT TO PLAY FOR A LOSER)....THE PLAYERS DONT EVEN BELEIVE IN THEMSELVES..CHANGING COACHES AND YOUNG PLAYER IS NO EXCUSE TO PLAY BAD AS THEY DID AGAINST ARKANSAS....THIS TREND OF LOOSING WILL CONTINUE...GENERAL NEYLAND MUST BE TURNING IN HIS GRAVE..IT MAKES TENNESSEE LOOK STUPID!!!!

THERE GOT TO BE A VOL FAN OR COACH SOMEWHERE WHO RECOGNIZE THIS PROBLEM!!!

November 13, 2011 at 6:40 a.m.
Livn4life said...

You geniuses blaming Dooley, blaming the coaches for this mess need to wake up and smell the coffee. Yes this is a low point, maybe THE low point in Vol football history. But the slide had already occurred. Coach Dooley and the staff are doing their best to bring it back on the upswing. Everyone acts as if one year just makes us back up to the top. That is utterly ridiculous! They still do not even have a full roster and people act as if they should compete with the no. 1 and no. 2 teams in the nation. Get a life all of you and try to realize it does not happen with 18,19 year olds overnight. The fast food generation on their nega-bandwagons need to do a sit down all evening dinner soon. This will take some time. And you really brilliant ones who think firing Dooley is the answer be forewarned, that would set the program back 2-3, maybe 5 years more. But I get it, the twitter, facebook, computer addict world of today insists we have to win NOW!

November 13, 2011 at 7:19 a.m.
chet123 said...

LIVIN4LIFE.....TAKE A DEEP BREATH....sounds like you think you are the expert....Tennessee problems started with Phil Fulmer....funny you realize a football program cant be turned around in 2years but claim a deep recession can be done in 3years.....hmmmmmmmm before you get on your soapbox buddy....look into the mirror

November 13, 2011 at 7:44 a.m.
chet123 said...

PHIL FULMER RAN THIS PROGRAM INTO THE GROUND.....THEY SHOULD HAVE FIRED FULMER A COUPLE OF YEARS AFTER TEE MARTIN WON THE TITLE....FULMER STOLED CREDIT.....

DOOLEY WILL HAVE TO CHANGE SYSTEMS.....THE SYSTEMS DONT WORK....

November 13, 2011 at 7:56 a.m.
rosebud said...

The TFP sports pages are such a joke. Alabama gets 4 paragraphs, the laff-a-minute Vols get 3 pages. So, if the Vols somehow steal a win from Vandy, then beat the Kentucky middle school team, they are good enough to be in a bowl? The funny part is, some Vol fans will wave their little orange pom-poms as if their team belongs in the national spotlight. The Vols did however, prove their superiority over MTSU, Montana and Buffalo. (And of course, each time the TFP ran banner headlines as if they accomplished something) Next year: watch out Akron, Troy and Georgia State. The Vols are coming. Now if they could find a way to get out of that mean old SEC!

November 13, 2011 at 9:04 a.m.
dude_abides said...

rosebud... the reason UT gets more press is that there aren't enough literate Alabama fans in the area to sell papers to. Why don't you start your own "I-59 Tribune" paper? You'd just need one page. The headline would simply say YAY! and have a photo of the team celebrating, or it would say AWWW! if the game was against, say, LSU.

November 13, 2011 at 10:04 a.m.
ldurham said...

Personally, I'm glad the Chattanooga paper gives the Knoxville Keystone Kops so much coverage. It's better than the funny pages. I could watch that Arkansas kickoff return from last night over and over. South Pittsburg has better tacklers. South Pittsburg Elementary I mean. And dude_abides: what has happened to all those orange car flags I saw a few years ago? Chatt-town is covered in crimson these days. Just not in the TFP.

November 13, 2011 at 10:26 a.m.
chet123 said...

hes(player from colubia) going to bama! do you blame him! This bunch have gotten use to loosing!...somebody got to change the systems....its broke!! a school with 100,000 seat satium is at the bottom of SEC....tennesse have always been one of the top 10 football program in the country....this bunch have forgotten that including the coaches.....DOOLEY MAY BE OVER HIS HEAD

November 13, 2011 at 4:06 p.m.
Salsa said...

Thanks for the LAUGH about Johnny Majors. I guess you've forgotten that Majors went:

4-7 his first year 5-5-1 his second year 7-5 his third year 5-6 his fourth year. 8-4 his fifth year 6-5-1 the next year....sounds like he wasn't all that good at turning it around to me..

November 13, 2011 at 4:38 p.m.
chet123 said...

SALSA....you fail to mention MAJOR was 12-0 the year before...Oh yeah my good friend Major had a great resume before coming to Tennessee...and he was a very young coach...winning a national title at pitt and he left a program he had built to come to sorry Tennessee team....Let me remind you buddy that Major had built a power-house at PITT and the pitt fans loved him and they didnt want him to leave...But Major left Pitt because he loved Tennessee

When he came to tennessee the program was stinking like it is today...so he begins rebuilding the program with young player....I'm a Tennessee fan from doug dickey days....I have seen tennessee rise and fall...the FANS LIKE YOURSELF ARE ignorant. Major was a good and fair man...He played quarterback on their ability...not because their family was rich or famous.

but after the 6-5-1 record major was 9-3, 7-4,9-1,7-5,10-2,5-6,11-1,9-2

Johnny Major did it with 3star players.....he won with tennesse high school players(lot of local boys from RHEA county, Bradley county,chattanooga)....and they could take a snap from center....the players didnt grab,,,they tackled,...and they didnt embaress the state of tennessee....and dont forget he recruited health schuler before he took ill......Major was a fighter......

the biggest problem with tennessee are the ignorant fans like you.What you dont know or too stupid to remember is that the MAJOR Family is a Legacy....the Father of johnny Majors was a Football coach.Johnny Major Brother Bill played for UT...and was a young assistance coach when he was killed in west knoxville in a train crash at the tender age of 26...it was common knowledge that he would have been the coach of Tennessee when Doug Dickey lefted for FLORIDA......the other bobby major was a all-american at Tennessee...defensive back and punt returner...he could eletrify the crowd.....Johnny was an American at Tennessee ..like Peyton Manning he was cheated out of the heiman trophy....Johnny Major was a American Runnibg back who lead Tennesse to an undefeated season..to feat that stood until "tee Martin 99 vols" the Major Family gave it all to Tennessee...and they was scrappers who would fight to the end. Respected Nationally...Johnny Major came to tennessee with a resume....More than i can say about Phil Fulmer.

Fulmer was the beneficiary of major recruits....payton manning should be credited with phil fulmer having a winning record along with JOHN CHAVIS AND DAVID CULCLEFF....BOTH HAVE A JOB COACHING TODAY.....BY THE WAY WHERE IS PHIL FULMER COACHING AT TODAY....MAYBE IT BECAUSE HE WAS NOT A GREAT COACH,,,,,YOU FIGURE IT OUT BUDDY.....NOBODY WANTED HIM.....NOT EVEN A DIVISION ii TEAM.....WAKE-UP!..... FULMER WAS RAN OFF THE CAMPUS AT TENNESSEE...HE COULDNT EVEN RECRUIT BOYS FROM HIS OWN BACK YARN ..IE ALCOA,OAK RIDGE,ECT....THE HIGH SCHOOL PLAYER KNEW ABOUT HIS DISHONEST.....THEY BEGIN TO STAY AWAY FROM TENNESSEE....THAT IS WHY THE PROGRAM IS IN THE SHAPE IT IN TODAY.....

November 14, 2011 at 3:15 a.m.
chet123 said...

Johnny Major Bowls win percentage was better than Phil Fulmer.....Vols fan forget Fulmer lost atleast half his bowl games with the great Peyton Manning.

SALSA...didnt you say something aboutlaugh....SOUND LIKE TO ME THE JOKE ON YOU! HA HA HA HA HA!

November 14, 2011 at 9:39 a.m.
chet123 said...

MAYBE TENNESSEE CAN GET OUR FAVORITE SON BACK AT TENNESSEE....THIS TIME AS HEAD COACH.......HE WAS A PLAYER COACH AT TENNESSEE(FULMER STOLE CREDIT)AND PLAYER COACH AT INDIANAPOLIS(DUNGEE TOOK CREDIT)...PEYTON KNOW THE GAME INSIDE OUT......BRING PEYTON BACK HOME!!!!!!

November 15, 2011 at 11 a.m.
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