Late Field Goal Lifts Vols Over VU
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Nov. 17, 2007

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Daniel Lincoln kicked a 33-yard field goal with 2:46 left to cap a 16-point fourth-quarter comeback and No. 19 Tennessee beat Vanderbilt 25-24 on Saturday.

The comeback was the second largest in history for the Vols (8-3, 5-2 Southeastern Conference) and kept them in control of the SEC East race.

The field goal redeemed Lincoln, who had missed an extra point and a 41-yard field goal attempt earlier.

The Vols were down 24-9 after Vanderbilt's Mackenzi Adams threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to George Smith with 9:00 left in the third quarter.

Tennessee's defense forced the Commodores (5-6, 2-6) to go three-and-out on two drives to set up touchdown passes by Erik Ainge. Ainge threw a 7-yard TD pass to Josh Briscoe, followed by a 5-yard TD pass to Austin Rogers to bring the Vols within two points with 7:14 left in the game.

A 2-point conversion attempt after Rogers' touchdown failed as Ainge threw incomplete to Quintin Hancock. Vanderbilt again went three-and-out and a 45-yard punt return by Dennis Rogan set up Lincoln's field goal.

Trailing 9-7 with 47 seconds to play in the first half, a 19-yard touchdown catch by Jeff Jennings led to 17 unanswered points by the Commodores. With Vanderbilt holding a 24-9 advantage entering the fourth quarter, Tennessee scored 16 unanswered points to end the game.

Senior linebacker Jonathan Goff tied a career high with 14 tackles, including seven solo stops. Goff's 14 stops marked the fourth time in his career and second time this season (Georgia) that he has made 14 tackles.

When Mackenzi Adams connected with Brad Allen for the Commodores' first touchdown of the game, it capped a 17-play, 78-yard drive that spanned 9:02. The drive marked a season-high for plays and time. The previous long was a 15-play drive that spanned 8:47 against Auburn.

Thrust into action with Sean Walker and Earl Bennett both suffering injuries on consecutive plays in the second quarter, sophomore Alex Washington had a career day as a receiver. Washington led the team with three catches for 45 yards. Included were two third-down receptions on Vanderbilt's scoring drive to open the second half.
Ainge finished 29-for-43 with 245 yards. Arian Foster rushed for 106 yards on 19 carries.

The Commodores attempted their own comeback led by a 55-yard kickoff return by D.J. Moore, but a 49-yard field goal attempt by Bryant Hahnfeldt with 33 seconds left sailed wide left.

A 19-yard pass from Adams to Jeff Jennings put the Commodores up 14-9 with 47 seconds before halftime.

Tennessee had a chance to drive the field before the half, but Chris Brown missed a lateral pass from Ainge at the Vanderbilt 26, and the ball was scooped up by linebacker Patrick Benoist.

After three incomplete passes by Adams, Bryant Hahnfeldt kicked a 33-yard field goal to give the Commodores a 17-9 halftime lead.

Adams also had a 5-yard touchdown pass to Brad Allen. Adams, whose three touchdown passes were a career high, finished 14-for-26 for 139 yards, and Cassen Jackson-Garrison ran 17 times for 86 yards.

Earl Bennett, the SEC's all-time reception leader, was shaken up late in the game when Tennessee safety Eric Berry tackled him as he leapt to catch a 20-yard pass from Adams. Bennett finished with 26 yards on two receptions.

Ainge also had a 6-yard touchdown pass on the first drive of the game to Lucas Taylor, who finished with 90 yards receiving. Lincoln's extra point attempt was blocked by Theo Horrocks.



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