Tennessee Runs Over Vanderbilt : SEC: Stewart runs for 121 of Volunteers’ school-record 665 total yards to become school’s all-time rushing leader in 65-0 victory.
James Stewart became Tennessee’s all-time rushing leader and the Volunteers gained a school-record 665 yards Saturday in a 65-0 rout of Vanderbilt on Saturday.
Stewart, a senior, carried 12 times for 121 yards to increase his career total to 2,973, breaking Johnnie Jones’ school record of 2,852.
Tennessee, 7-4 overall and 5-3 in the Southeastern Conference, broke the school total offense record of 606 yards, set against the Commodores in 1991.
Vanderbilt (5-6, 2-6), which gained 212 yards, finished its 12th consecutive losing season.
The Volunteers rushed for 406 yards and also were effective through the air, with Peyton Manning completing 10 of 16 passes for 141 yards and Branndon Stewart completing all seven of his passes for 118 yards.
It was the most lopsided game in the 88-game series and Tennessee’s biggest victory against any opponent since it defeated Carson-Newman, 73-0, in 1929.
The Volunteers led only 7-0 after the first quarter, but scored 30 points in the second for a 37-0 halftime lead. Tennessee converted two Vanderbilt fumbles in the third quarter for 21 more points, and Jay Graham added a 25-yard touchdown run with 8:33 to play in the fourth.
Just before halftime, Tennessee running back Aaron Hayden suffered a broken right leg and was taken to a Knoxville hospital, where doctors planned to operate Saturday night.
Tennessee’s John Becksvoort broke the NCAA record for consecutive extra points, raising his total of 161 to top the 157 by Miami’s Carlos Huerta.