7 SEC Teams listed in top 20 list of most all time wins in College Football!!!!!

Butch Jones Postgame Media Session (8/31/13)

It was the 800th victory for the Tennessee Vols football program which is an amazing figure. All Tennessee fans should be proud of that. You will notice that both Arkansas and Tennessee are listed in the top 20 of all time football wins.

Here is a list of all time wins dated at the end of last season:

 

Rank

Team

Win

Loss

Tie Games Pct.

PF

PA

Delta

1

Michigan

903

317

38

1258

0.733

31187

14407

16780

2

Texas

867

337

34

1238

0.714

29972

16167

13805

3

Nebraska

866

353

41

1260

0.704

31206

16484

14722

4

Notre Dame (IN)

865

302

41

1208

0.733

30462

15166

15296

5

Ohio St.

837

316

53

1206

0.716

28510

14745

13765

6

Oklahoma

829

313

53

1195

0.716

32447

15394

17053

7

Alabama

827

321

43

1191

0.712

28646

13566

15080

8

Tennessee

799

354

54

1207

0.684

27065

15796

11269

9

Southern California

786

319

54

1159

0.701

28092

15109

12983

10

Georgia

760

402

54

1216

0.647

25743

16866

8877

11

Louisiana St.

744

393

47

1184

0.648

25367

15596

9771

12

Penn St.

723

365

43

1131

0.658

28436

15598

12838

13

Auburn (AL)

721

414

47

1182

0.630

24308

16519

7789

14

West Virginia

708

463

45

1216

0.601

25254

18871

6383

15

Syracuse (NY)

699

497

49

1245

0.581

25462

18966

6496

16

Virginia Tech

697

440

46

1183

0.609

23945

16600

7345

17

Georgia Tech

696

468

43

1207

0.594

25079

17928

7151

18

Texas A&M

693

452

48

1193

0.601

25324

17107

8217

19

Pittsburgh (PA)

684

500

41

1225

0.575

23849

19248

4601

20

Arkansas

682

464

40

1186

0.592

24349

17805

6544

UT Vols’ Malik Foreman ‘excited’ to bounce back with interception

Tennessee head coach Butch Jones got solid play from several freshmen in the Vols’ win over Austin Peay on Saturday.

Tennessee head coach Butch Jones got solid play from several freshmen in the Vols’ win over Austin Peay on Saturday.

Photo by C. B. Schmelter /Chattanooga Times Free Press.
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KNOXVILLE — The third time was the charm for Malik Foreman.

After Austin Peay’s sputtering passing game twice picked on the Tennessee freshman cornerback, the Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett High School product exacted a measure of redemption for himself.

With the Governors’ threatening to end the Volunteers’ shutout bid, Foreman stepped in front of a Jacob Sexton pass inside Tennessee’s 10 on the first play of the fourth quarter.

“He was definitely excited,” safety Byron Moore said after Tennessee’s 45-0 season-opening win. “Coach got on him a little bit. He messed up a little bit, but he was able to still make a play on the ball. He was definitely happy [to make] the first pick.”

Foreman is the first true freshman to intercept a pass in a season opener since Dwayne Goodrich, who memorably returned an interception for a touchdown in Tennessee’s title-game win against Florida State in 1998, did it against UNLV in 1996.

On the play, the freshman kept his eyes on Sexton as he dropped into zone coverage, read where the ball was going and stepped in front of the pass as it appeared the Austin Peay receiver kept running when he should have stopped his route.

Earlier in the game, the Govs found success throwing at Foreman, a second-team corner who’s next in line in case either one of Tennessee’s starting corner tandem of Justin Coleman or Cam Sutton, also a freshman, are unavailable.

In the second quarter, there appeared to be a missed coverage on Foreman’s side, which allowed Darryl Clack to get free for a 35-yard gain. In the third quarter, the 6-foot-6 Clack outjumped Foreman for a 33-yard reception. Foreman’s interception ended that drive.

“They’re very, very young and inexperienced, but very talented,” first-year coach Butch Jones said of his freshman corner tandem of Sutton and Foreman. “They’re extremely competitive. They have great competitive character, and I think that showed in Malik tonight.

“As we move forward, we’re going to be tested even more. Will there be growing pains? Absolutely, but I thought today was a good fundamental start for our entire team.”

Shutout talk

Tennessee’s defense proclaimed itself a confident bunch entering the season, and Jones said he could sense it in a unit that stumbled through last season’s debacle.

The coach said his defense has worked “exceptionally hard,” and it paid off in the program’s first shutout since November 2011, when the Vols blanked Middle Tennessee State 24-0.

“We didn’t have too many calls,” Moore said, “so we were just lining up and playing football.”

Defensive tackle Daniel Hood, who deflected and intercepted a pass in the first quarter and added another big hit to blow up a screen pass, said the Vols are more comfortable in the 4-3 scheme, which Tennessee abandoned last season.

“We really didn’t know quite what [Austin Peay] would do, so we kept things pretty simple and played our techniques and it worked out well for us,” he said. “I think it’s one of the few [shutouts] we’ve had since I’ve been here. It was nice to come back and bounce back from what we had done last year and play a good defensive game.”

Running Rajion

Tailback Rajion Neal found no shortage of running room on Saturday night on the way to a 141-yard performance in the first game of his senior season. His 47-yard touchdown run on the Vols’ opening possession was a career long, and he surpassed the 100-yard mark on his eighth carry.

All of his production came in the first half, and the total tied Arian Foster’s first-half performance against Vanderbilt in 2005 for the sixth-best in a first half in Tennessee history.

“I think that’s every running back’s dream, to run behind one of the most experienced offensive lines in the SEC,” he said. “They definitely gave me a great push and great reads. They just jump-started me the whole game and gave me something to work with every time.”

Penalty free

Tennessee and Army were the only teams in the country to play a penalty-free game during the season’s opening weekend, and the Vols registered their first flagless game since the 2007 SEC championship game loss to LSU.

“You win the game in your preparation throughout the course of the week,” Jones said. “I knew that we had done all that we could do. We had exposed them to just about every situation.

“I was more concerned that we had overprepared them, but I could tell at the walk-through this morning that they had their look in their eye and they were ready.”

Contact Patrick Brown at pbrown@timesfreepress.com.

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