Auburn vs. Tennessee: Live Game Grades and Analysis for the Volunteers

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Auburn vs. Tennessee: Live Game Grades and Analysis for the Volunteers
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Final: Auburn 55, Tennessee 23

Check NCAA.com for stats and other information. 

Tennessee Volunteers Game Grades
Position 1st-Half Grade Final Grade
Pass Offense C+ C+
Run Offense B+ B
Pass Defense B- C+
Run Defense F D-
Special Teams D F
Coaching C C

Nov. 9 vs. Auburn

Final Game Analysis 

Pass Offense: Josh Dobbs was efficient in short yardage, but couldn't push the ball downfield. He completed 16 of 25 passes for 128 yards, but made a freshman throw on a second-half interception.

Run Offense: Despite another poor performance from UT's offensive line, the run game impressed. Neal rushed 20 times for 124 yards and had an incredible 17-yard touchdown, but it wasn't nearly enough.

Pass Defense: The Tigers passed the ball seven times all game, with one going for a 35-yard touchdown to C.J. Uzomah. Other than that, the ground game propelled the Tigers to this lopsided win.

Run Defense: The Vols gave up over 400 yards rushing from the SEC's leading running game, looking lost, out of place and just slow across the board. Nick Marshall had over 200 yards and two scores, and he's a quarterback. 

Special Teams: Auburn returned both a punt and a kickoff for a touchdown, and would've had a third if it weren't for a TD-saving tackle from Michael Palardy. The kicker hit three field goals, but containment was non-existent in special teams.

Coaching: The Vols committed four penalties for 30 yards, but the big issue for Butch Jones was not adjusting well at halftime. Auburn entered half with nearly 300 rushing yards, and the second half bred more of the same.

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First-Half Analysis

Pass Offense: Josh Dobbs' 12-of-18 passing performance with 95 yards looked decent on paper. But other than one 30-yard, underthrown completion to Marquez North, the Vols lacked big plays. 

Run Offense: The Vols were running at their best early on, with Rajion Neal going 11 carries for 69 yards, including an incredible 17-yard scamper. But the run game stalled along with the offensive line's penalty problems emerging.

Pass Defense: Nick Marshall hit C.J. Uzomah for a 25-yard strike on solid coverage, but the Tigers only threw five passes, and one was returned for a touchdown by Jacques Smith. 

Run Defense: The Tigers made things look easy en route to 245 first-half rushing yards. Marshall has 164 yards and two scores on eight carries. Those stats speak for themselves.

Special Teams: Michael Palardy has been his typically reliable self, but the Tigers broke off a couple of big returns, including an 85-yard punt return for a touchdown by Chris Davis.

Coaching: The Vols are once again having issues with penalties, and while the players are obviously at fault, it also falls on the coaches. Just as well, they've done a poor job of adjusting.

 

Steven is in the Neyland Stadium press box covering the game.

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