Vols notebook: Turnovers finally come (and in bunches) for defense

Tennessee Athletics photo / Tennessee fifth-year senior linebacker Solon Page (38) celebrates his 31-yard interception return for a touchdown during Saturday's 56-0 win over Tennessee Tech.

KNOXVILLE - Tennessee is assured of no longer ranking last nationally in turnover margin.

The Volunteers entered Saturday's game against Tennessee Tech having lost five turnovers through two games and having not collected any for a minus-2.50 ratio per contest. In the 56-0 dismantling of the Golden Eagles, the Vols lost a Hendon Hooker fumble but snagged four interceptions to post a plus-three performance in the rather important category.

"You guys had asked that question a bunch: 'How are you going to force those things to happen?'" Vols coach Josh Heupel said. "It happens because you put a lot of pressure on the quarterback. It happens when you get your hands on the balls. When you have opportunities, guys make plays.

"Today, you saw some of those things, and we've got to continue to rip at it.