Here's Miles' take on the game: "I don't know if this was our best game, but we did things we needed to do to win games, and there's great incentive for our team to improve. I like the positron we're in."
Vols coach Derek Dooley, a former LSU assistant, said Spencer Ware's smash over from a yard out in the third quarter was a big play in the game.
"We were down by 17 until they scored that touchdown after we had held them to a third and seven. That was the dagger play. They just wear you down."
Ware led the Tigers on the ground as he scored two touchdowns both running and receiving -- for the first time since Earl Doucet in 2006. Ware had 80 yards on 23 yards and caught a 13-yard screen pass from Lee for a touchdown. In the fourth quarter, Russell Shepard score his first touchdown of the season on a 14-yard lateral pass.; He finished with three carries for 33 yards.
The Tigers' running game was kept in check early because the offensive line wasn't opening any holes. That changed later.
The Tigers controlled the clock, holding the Vols to only three possessions in the second half and maintaining a 15-minute advantage in time of possession as Tigers backs pounded the Vols.
Tigers defensive coordinator John Chavis, who celebrated his 55th birthday on Saturday, was teary-eyed after the game. He held the same position with the Vols for 14 years but was a victim of the purge when Philip Fulmer was fired in 2008.
"So I'm a big softie," said Chavis, wiping his eyes. "Call me a big crybaby or whatever you want," he told Tennessean.com. "When you leave a program and you didn't get the chance to leave the way you wanted to, it's a great feeling to know that people still care about you."
Chavis was handed the game ball in the Tigers locker room.
The way Chavis defense played was a blast from the past -- aggressive up front and opportunistic in the secondary.
Tennessee? They play more of the same against Alabama next Saturday.
by Ed Staton
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