Scores

Final/OT

Vanderbilt 21

(5-6, 2-6 SEC)

Tennessee 27

(5-6, 1-6 SEC)

Coverage: ESPN 3D/ESPNU

7:00 PM ET, November 19, 2011

Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, TN

1 2 3 4 OT T
VAN 0 7 7 7 021
TENN 7 7 0 7 627

Top Performers

Passing: T. Bray (TENN) - 189 YDS, 2 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: T. Poole (TENN) - 19 CAR, 107 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: D. Rogers (TNTC) - 10 REC, 116 YDS, 2 TD

Gordon interception seals overtime win for Vols

Associated Press

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Eric Gordon intercepted a pass by Jordan Rodgers and returned it 90 yards for a touchdown in overtime as Tennessee escaped Vanderbilt with a 27-21 win on Saturday night.

The Vols (5-6, 1-6), who had not won a Southeastern Conference game all season, ran across the field and mobbed Gordon -- a Nashville native -- in the end zone. The coaches called them back to the sideline after the officials ruled Gordon's knee touched the ground at Vols 10.

A replay showed Gordon's knee did not hit the grass, and the officials overturned it on review, ending the game.

Twice last season, Tennessee thought it had pulled out a win in the closing seconds of the game only to see its fate changed because of penalties.

Tennessee offensive coordinator Jim Chaney was seen skipping through the press box after the game, shouting "We finally got a break!"

A 20-yard touchdown pass from Rodgers to Chris Boyd gave Vanderbilt (5-6, 2-6) a 21-14 lead early in the fourth quarter.

Tennessee made it to fourth-and-goal at the 5 on the next drive, and coach Derek Dooley called for a 23-yard field goal attempt. Sean Richardson appeared to block the attempt but was penalized for running into kicker Michael Palardy.

Vanderbilt coach James Franklin asked for a review of the play, but the officials maintained that Richardson had not touched the ball before hitting Palardy's leg. Tennessee got another chance at the 2-yard line, and this time Dooley opted to go for it.

The decision paid off. Tyler Bray threw to Da'Rick Rogers, who stretched his right hand out to reel the ball in to his chest as Casey Hayward covered him. The touchdown tied the game at 21 with 6:27 to play.

After the teams traded punts, Vanderbilt drove the ball with confidence it hadn't shown all half, picking up three first downs. But the drive stalled when Prentiss Waggner intercepted a pass from Rodgers at the Vols 35.

Tennessee was unable to move the ball before the fourth-quarter clock expired.

Bray was 16 of 33 for 189 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in his first game back after breaking his right thumb Oct. 8 against Georgia. The cast on Bray's throwing hand was removed Nov. 7, and the quarterback returned to practice a week later.

Rogers caught 10 passes for 116 yards and the two touchdown throws from Bray, and became Tennessee's seventh receiver to have at least 1,000 yards in a season. Tauren Poole had 107 yards on 19 runs and a touchdown.

Rodgers was 17 of 32 for 193 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. Jordan Matthews had 74 yards receiving, and Boyd had 66 yards receiving and a touchdown. Zac Stacy ran for another score.

Vanderbilt was favored by 1 1/2 points in the game, but Tennessee has now won 28 of the last 29 in the series.

The Commodores had a chance to become bowl eligible against Tennessee and now must beat Wake Forest next week for a chance to go bowling for just the fifth time in history.

The Vols needed a win over Vanderbilt coupled with a victory at Kentucky next week to keep from missing out on a bowl for the second time in the past four seasons.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
VAN
TENN
1st Downs1717
Total Yards283290
Passing193189
Rushing90101
Penalties7-465-60
3rd Down Conversions6-164-12
4th Down Conversions2-21-1
Turnovers42
Possession30:5029:10

Passing Leaders

VanderbiltC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Rodgers17/321936.013
TennesseeC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Bray16/331895.722

Rushing Leaders

VanderbiltCARYDSAVGTDLG
Stacy17613.6118
Seymour5234.607
TennesseeCARYDSAVGTDLG
Poole191075.6119
Neal6294.806

Receiving Leaders

VanderbiltRECYDSAVGTDLG
Matthews67412.3030
Boyd66611.0120
TennesseeRECYDSAVGTDLG
Rogers1011611.6219
Dallas12222.0022

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERVANTENN
TD09:02Tauren Poole 1 Yd Run. (Michael Palardy Kick) 07
SECOND QUARTERVANTENN
TD12:48Zac Stacy 6 Yd Run. (Ryan Fowler Kick) 77
TD07:48Da'Rick Rogers 17 Yd Pass From Tyler Bray. (Michael Palardy Kick) 714
THIRD QUARTERVANTENN
TD05:29Archibald Barnes 100 Yd Interception Return. (Carey Spear Kick) 1414
FOURTH QUARTERVANTENN
TD12:21Chris Boyd 20 Yd Pass From Jordan Rodgers. (Carey Spear Kick) 2114
TD06:27Da'Rick Rogers 2 Yd Pass From Tyler Bray. (Michael Palardy Kick) 2121
OVERTIMEVANTENN
TDEric Gordon 90 Yd Interception Return. 2127