NASHVILLE (WATE) – Tennessee’s defense finally proved to be a problem.
Potential bowl games for Tennessee
- Dec. 28: Texas Bowl, Houston (SEC vs. Big 12)
- Dec. 29: Belk Bowl, Charlotte (SEC vs. ACC)
- Dec. 30: Liberty Bowl, Memphis (SEC vs. Big 12)
- Dec. 30: Music City Bowl, Nashville (SEC vs. Big Ten/ACC)
- Dec. 31: TaxSlayer Bowl, Jacksonville (SEC vs. Big Ten/ACC)
- Jan. 2: Outback Bowl, Tampa (SEC vs. Big Ten)
After giving up a school record 740 total yards to Missouri last week, the Vols defense struggled for the third consecutive outing.
While Tennessee’s run defense allowed a combined 863 yards on the ground to Kentucky and Missouri, the Vols showed signs of improvement as Vanderbilt ran for 192 yards.
The Commodores (6-6, 3-5 SEC) beat Tennessee through the air.
Vanderbilt sophomore Kyle Shurmur threw for 416 yards, becoming the first quarterback in school history to reach that mark since 2006. Trent Sheffield led the receiving corps with 184 yards on nine catches.