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2012 Tennessee Volunteers football
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
DivisionEastern Division
2012 record5–7 (1–7 SEC)
Head coachDerek Dooley (3rd)
Jim Chaney (interim)
Offensive coordinatorJim Chaney (4th season)
Defensive coordinatorSal Sunseri (1st season)
Base defense3-4 or 4-3 sets
Home stadiumNeyland Stadium
(Capacity: 102,455)
Seasons
← 2011
2013 →
2012 SEC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
Florida   0 0         0 0  
Georgia   0 0         0 0  
Kentucky   0 0         0 0  
Missouri   0 0         0 0  
South Carolina   0 0         0 0  
Tennessee   0 0         0 0  
Vanderbilt   0 0         0 0  
Western Division
Alabama   0 0         0 0  
Arkansas   0 0         0 0  
Auburn   0 0         0 0  
LSU   0 0         0 0  
Mississippi State   0 0         0 0  
Ole Miss   0 0         0 0  
Texas A&M   0 0         0 0  
Championship: December 1, 2012
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2012 Tennessee Volunteers football team represented the University of Tennessee in the 2012 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Volunteers played their home games at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee, and competed in the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The team was coached by Derek Dooley, who was in his third season with Tennessee. On November 18, 2012 Dooley was fired after 11 games following a 41–18 loss to in-state rival Vanderbilt. Dooley ended his tenure at Tennessee with losing records of 15–21 overall and 4–19 in the SEC. Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney was named interim head coach for the last game of the season against Kentucky.[1] The season was Tennessee's third consecutive losing season, a streak the program has not matched since 1909-11.[2]

Coaching staffEdit

Name Position Seasons at
Tennessee
Alma Mater
Derek Dooley Head coach 3 Virginia (1991)
Jim Chaney Interim head coach / Offensive Coordinator, Quarterbacks 4 Central Missouri State (1983)
Darin Hinshaw Wide Receivers 3 Central Florida (1993)
Jay GrahamRunning Backs 1 Tennessee (1996)
Sam PittmanOffensive Line1Pittsburg State (Kan.) (1985)
Sal SunseriDefensive Coordinator, Line Backers1Pittsburgh (1981)
John Palermo Defensive Line 1 Florida State (1973)
Charlie CoinerSpecial Teams, Tight Ends1Appalachian State (1986)
Derrick AnsleyCornerbacks1Troy (2005)
Josh ConkinSafeties1Northwestern State (2003)

ScheduleEdit

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 31* 7:30 PM vs. NC State Georgia DomeAtlanta, GA (Chick-fil-A College Kickoff) ESPNU W 35–21   55,529
September 8* 4:00 PM (FCS) Georgia State Neyland StadiumKnoxville, TN PPV W 51–13   87,821
September 15 6:00 PM #18 Florida #23 Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN (Third Saturday In September) ESPN L 20–37   102,455
September 22* 7:30 PM Akron Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN CSS W 47–26   81,719
September 29 3:30 PM at #5 Georgia Sanford StadiumAthens, GA CBS L 44–51   92,746
October 13 9:00 PM at #19 Mississippi State Davis Wade StadiumStarkville, MS ESPN2 L 31–41   57,831
October 20 7:00 PM #1 Alabama Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN ESPN L 13–44   102,455
October 27 12:00 PM at #17 South Carolina Williams-Brice StadiumColumbia, SC ESPN L 35–38   80,250
November 3* 12:00 PM Troy Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN SECRN W 55–48   84,189
November 10 12:21 PM Missouri Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN SECN L 48–51 4OT  89,272
November 17 7:00 PM at Vanderbilt Vanderbilt StadiumNashville, TN (Rivalry) ESPN2 L 18–41   40,350
November 24 12:21 PM Kentucky Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN (Battle for the Barrel) SECN W 37-17   81,841
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.
Schedule Source:[3]

RankingsEdit

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Game notesEdit

NC StateEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
NC State 7 7 0 7 21
Tennessee 22 0 10 3 35
  • Location: Atlanta, Georgia
  • Game start: 7:36 pm
  • Elapsed time: 3:29
  • Game attendance: 55,529
  • Referee: Matt Moore

The Tennessee Volunteers opened the season in the Georgia Dome against NC State in the annual Chick-fil-A College Kickoff. Junior college transfer WR Cordarrelle Patterson put a show early on in his debut as a Volunteer, catching a 41-yard touchdown as well as rushing for a 67-yard touchdown on a reverse, both during the first quarter. Tyler Bray threw for 333 passing yards with two TDs, including a 72-yard bomb to Zach Rogers, who beat NC State star cornerback David Amerson down the field. The defense not only recorded a safety but also forced 4 interceptions by NC State quarterback Mike Glennon. Despite Bray losing a fumble at the end of the first half, Tennessee would continue to dominate the rest of the game. On the opening possession of the 2nd half, Rajion Neal rushed for an 8 yard touchdown, which would be followed by a 20 yard field goal by Michael Palardy to extend the Vol's lead to 32-14. NC State responded in the 4th when Glennon threw a touchdown to Bryan Underwood to whittle Tennessee's lead down to 32-21. Too bad for Glennon he would also throw 2 of his 4 interceptions during the 4th quarter, and after one more Palardy field goal, Tennessee would go on to win 35-21.[4]

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