By Gabe Correa - Smokey's Trail
(NASHVILLE, TENN.) -- -- Vanderbilt played with intensity the first half and gave Tennessee trouble. The Tennessee defense came to play and stepped it up a notch and stopped the Commodores.
The Vols bench contributed the whole game with fresh players and ran down the Commodores. It's a great shut out for the Vols with a 11-0 regular season record.
As a fan, I take my hat off to the Tennessee Volunteers for an awesome win, because every player had a part in the win from coaches, players and those players that didn't dress out.
This team is the best well balanced team ever on both sides of the ball. Now we can focus on the SEC Championship game against Mississippi State.
Peyton Manning said last year it was the best game he ever played in. So fasten your chin straps and get ready for the game of your life next Saturday!!!
Tee Martin threw for a touchdown and ran for another as Tennessee routed Vanderbilt 41-0 Saturday. Tennessee improved to 11-0 in the regular season for the first time ever and ended its Southeastern Conference schedule undefeated (8-0) for the first time since 1967.
The 1938 team reached 11-0 with a bowl victory. ''I don't know if they really understand,'' Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer said. ''I know they're proud of what they've achieved this year, but just how big a deal being 11-0 in this conference and how big an achievement that is.''
Vanderbilt coach Woody Widenhofer, whose defenses had held Tennessee to 17 points or less in each of the last three seasons, was impressed after the Vols beat the Commodores for the 16th straight time. ''They're a well-deserving No. 1. In the four years that I've been here, this is the toughest team they've had,'' he said.
Fulmer is a finalist on four different Coach of the Year lists: The Paul "Bear'' Bryant list, Eddie Robinson, Walter Camp/Street & Smith's and the Football News. The only Vols' coach to win National Coach of the Year honors was Bowden Wyatt in 1956.
Defense Grade = A+
Vanderbilt 0 0 0 0 = 0 Tennessee (1) 3 17 7 14 = 41 FINAL