Scores

Final

Arkansas 13

(6-4, 2-4 SEC)

(22) Tennessee 34

(7-3, 4-2 SEC)

12:30 PM ET, November 10, 2007

Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, TN

1 2 3 4 T
ARK 3 0 3 713
#22TENN 10 10 7 734

Top Performers

Passing: E. Ainge (TENN) - 128 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: A. Foster (TENN) - 13 CAR, 83 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: A. Rogers (TENN) - 6 REC, 62 YDS, 1 TD

Tennessee quiets McFadden, keeps SEC East hopes alive

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Nearly 200 former Tennessee players pledged their support in coach Phillip Fulmer and the Volunteers in advance of Saturday's game against Arkansas.

Fulmer and the Vols (No. 24 BCS, No. 22 AP) thanked them by quieting the Southeastern Conference's best rusher and getting a 34-13 win, keeping their drive for an SEC Eastern Division title alive for another week.

"Never doubt the heart of a Volunteer," said Fulmer, who has heard fans calling for him to be fired all season.

The former players took out a full-page advertisement in The Knoxville News Sentinel on Friday, printing a letter that said the cries for Fulmer to be fired were "laughable -- if the potential consequences weren't so serious."

The letter was signed by 191 former Vols, including Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning and Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth.

Tennessee (7-3, 4-2 SEC) remains undefeated at home this season and will play in the conference championship with wins in its remaining games against Vanderbilt and Kentucky.

With a balanced offensive attack and one of their best defensive performances of the season, the Vols looked like they could actually play for a conference title.

The Razorbacks (6-4, 2-4) struggled all day in the red zone and continually hurt themselves with penalties. They gained 10 more yards than the Vols, but held the ball for seven fewer minutes.

"It seemed like they were on the field the entire first half," Arkansas coach Houston Nutt said of the Vols. "We got out of rhythm."

Arkansas' Darren McFadden, runner-up for last year's Heisman Trophy, finished with 117 yards on 22 carries, and Casey Dick completed 12 of 22 passes for 140 yards and two interceptions. It was very different from McFadden's performance last week when he tied the SEC single-game rushing record with 321 yards against South Carolina.

"He's a great back," Tennessee linebacker Jerod Mayo said. "But he's not going to win the Heisman Trophy in Neyland Stadium."

The Vols started and ended the first half with a bang. Tennessee drove 64 yards on the game's first possession, aided by three Arkansas penalties, and Erik Ainge threw a 16-yard TD pass to Austin Rogers across the middle with 10:15 left in the first quarter.

Tennessee also marched down the field with about a minute left in the half and scored on a 14-yard pass from Ainge to Josh Briscoe with 10 seconds left to give the Vols a 20-3 halftime lead. Ainge finished 12-for-25 for 128 yards and two touchdown passes.

Arkansas narrowed the lead to 27-13 with 8:27 left in the game on Michael Smith's 9-yard touchdown run after a handoff from McFadden out of the Razorbacks' "WildHog" formation. It was as close as the Hogs would get.

McFadden carried the Arkansas offense in the second half after only gaining 25 yards rushing in the first half. Felix Jones, the SEC's second-best rusher, left the game in the first half with a deep thigh bruise after rushing for just 3 yards.

"He's a big loss for our offense," McFadden said. "When I get tired, he comes in and keeps the offense going strong."

The Razorbacks' only first-half points came on a 31-yard Alex Tejada field goal after the Vols came up with a big stop on third-and-6. Tejada also kicked a 42-yarder in the third quarter.

Arkansas went three-and-out on its first possession of the third quarter, and Tennessee responded with Arian Foster's 59-yard touchdown run, the Vols' longest rushing play of the season that put them ahead 27-3.

Daniel Lincoln added field goals of 25 yards and 28 yards in the first half. The second field goal set a school record for most field goals by a freshman, breaking James Wilhoit's mark of 17 set in 2003.

Mayo ran 33 yards for a touchdown after intercepting a pass by backup quarterback Nathan Emert with 2:46 left in the game.

"Nobody thought we could win this game," Mayo said. "We weren't surprised because we played well on defense at home all year," he said. "Our pride has been bruised all year."

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Team Stat Comparison

 
ARK
TENN
1st Downs1518
Total Yards289279
Passing162128
Rushing127151
Penalties12-613-25
3rd Down Conversions2-127-16
4th Down Conversions1-31-1
Turnovers30
Possession26:4033:20

Passing Leaders

ArkansasC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Dick12/221406.402
TennesseeC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Ainge12/251285.120

Rushing Leaders

ArkansasCARYDSAVGTDLG
McFadden221175.3020
Smith8253.119
TennesseeCARYDSAVGTDLG
Foster13836.4159
Hardesty20653.309

Receiving Leaders

ArkansasRECYDSAVGTDLG
Smith13636.0036
Miller23115.5020
TennesseeRECYDSAVGTDLG
Rogers66210.3119
Taylor44110.3029

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERARKTENN
TD10:15Austin Rogers 16 Yd Pass From Erik Ainge (Daniel Lincoln Kick)
Drive: 11 plays, 64 yds, 4:45
07
FG08:01Alex Tejada 31 Yd
Drive: 6 plays, 22 yds, 2:14
37
FG04:58Daniel Lincoln 25 Yd
Drive: 6 plays, 7 yds, 3:03
310
SECOND QUARTERARKTENN
FG08:23Daniel Lincoln 28 Yd
Drive: 12 plays, 47 yds, 7:15
313
TD00:10Josh Briscoe 14 Yd Pass From Erik Ainge (Daniel Lincoln Kick)
Drive: 5 plays, 49 yds, 1:00
320
THIRD QUARTERARKTENN
TD11:22Arian Foster 59 Yd Run (Daniel Lincoln Kick)
Drive: 4 plays, 76 yds, 1:46
327
FG07:37Alex Tejada 42 Yd
Drive: 10 plays, 46 yds, 3:45
627
FOURTH QUARTERARKTENN
TD08:27Michael Smith 9 Yd Run (Alex Tejada Kick)
Drive: 9 plays, 84 yds, 4:04
1327
TD02:46Jerod Mayo 34 Yd Interception Return (Daniel Lincoln Kick) 1334