Tennessee Volunteers vs. Vanderbilt Commodores Live Score and Stats - December 12, 2020 Gametracker (2024)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Sarah Fuller has a football keepsake from her history-making moment. The ball from her second extra point likely is headed to the College Football Hall of Fame.

Being treated like just another athlete? That's the best part of becoming the first woman to score in a power Five conference game, finally getting the chance to do more than squib a kickoff for Vanderbilt during a 42-17 loss to Tennessee.

''This whole time has been if I can do it, if I'm good enough to do it,'' Fuller said. ''It wasn't if I was a girl or not. So that's something I've really appreciated. At the end of the day, they treated me like an athlete and that's the best I could ask for.''

She made history Nov. 28 as the first woman to play in a Power Five game, but was on the field only once, driving a low kickoff to open the second half as the Commodores got shut out at Missouri.

Vanderbilt interim coach Todd Fitch said special teams coordinator Devin Fitzsimmons had been charting kicks, especially close where the Commodores had struggled this season with few opportunities in games.

''So it was really, truly off statistics of the week's preparation,'' Fitch said. ''It wasn't about, you know, trying to do something special. It was truly who made the most of those kicks.''

With Vanderbilt (0-9) getting the chance to play after postponing last week's game at Georgia, the Commodores played with just 49 scholarship players and finally gave the goalkeeper for the Southeastern Conference women's soccer tournament champs an opportunity to put up points.

Fuller, listed second out of three available kickers on the depth chart, came out for the extra point that tied the game at 7 with 1:50 left in the first quarter.

The 6-foot-2 senior put the ball through the uprights and celebrated by pulling her fist in before slapping high-fives with teammates. She ran off the field with a big smile with her family in the stands all with their arms up in the air. Center judge Chris Garner handed her the ball on the sideline.

Fuller's second chance came with 7:22 left in the fourth quarter at the other end of the field, and she kicked the ball through.

Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt, who had a daughter earlier this year, said it was awesome.

''She's obviously a winner,'' Pruitt said about Fuller. ''And she walked up there and kicked it right through. So I just think it says a whole lot about her and really, kind of her fortitude to be brave enough to go do this.''

Vanderbilt lost its 13th consecutive SEC game, its longest skid since dropping 23 straight between 2000 and 2003.

Tennessee (3-6) left with the much-needed victory with Harrison Bailey and J.T. Shrout throwing for two touchdowns apiece.

The Volunteers snapped their longest skid in 32 years after matching the six straight losses to start the 1988 season and avoided the longest skid in history at a program that started playing football in 1891. This also was their second straight win over Vanderbilt for the first time since 2014-15.

''It was pretty nice,'' Pruitt said. ''Good to see some smiles on some guys' faces.''

Vanderbilt played with just 49 scholarship players, not counting Fuller, with only 18 available on defense after defensive lineman and sack leader Dayo Odeyingbo opted out earlier this week.

The Commodores led 10-7 early in the second after a 39-yard field goal from Pierson Cooke, a kick just outside Fuller's range of 38 yards.

Tennessee took control scoring 21 points in the second quarter. Bryce Thompson started the scoring, snagging an interception with his left hand and running 18 yards for a TD. Shrout threw a 23-yard TD pass to Velus Jones Jr. and added a 28-yarder to Jalin Hyatt late for a 28-10 halftime lead.

Jones caught a 74-yarder from Bailey with 7:03 left for the final margin.


Tennessee: The Vols scored more by halftime than they had managed in any game since the second week of this SEC-only season in a win over Missouri, and they wound up with the most points this season. ... Bailey started his second straight game and completed his first 13 passes, which included Tennessee's first TD on a 6-yarder to Princeton Fant. But he also lost a fumble when sacked by Andre Mintze.

Vanderbilt: The Commodores' best chance in their final home game this season was for the offense to stay on the field. Instead, they went three-and-out five times on their first eight drives, including one ending on the pick-6. Ken Seals did through two TD passes. ... The thin defense came up with its second interception of the season when Gabe Jeudy-Lally picked off a Shrout pass in the fourth quarter.


Pruitt said Tennessee had 14 or 15 players in quarantine. Vanderbilt was much more shorthanded with Fitch saying three freshmen were on the offensive line at one point. Whether the Commodores can finish the season will depend on whether they have enough players at specific positions.

''But we wanted to play this game, know we're not looking to duck out of it or anything,'' Fitch said.


Tennessee hosts No. 5 Texas A&M in the regular season finale.

Vanderbilt is scheduled to visit No. 12 Georgia, a game postponed from Dec. 5 to Dec. 19.


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Tennessee Volunteers vs. Vanderbilt Commodores Live Score and Stats - December 12, 2020 Gametracker (2024)


Has Tennessee ever lost to Vanderbilt? ›

The Tennessee–Vanderbilt football rivalry is an American college football rivalry between the Tennessee Volunteers and Vanderbilt Commodores. They are both founding members of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). Vanderbilt and Tennessee have played 117 times since 1892. Tennessee leads the all-time series 78–33–5.

Why are Tennessee and Vanderbilt rivals? ›

As the SEC's two schools located in the state of Tennessee, and separated by just under 180 miles, the two schools are rivals in all sports, with the football, basketball, and baseball series being especially hotly contested.

What channel is Tennessee vs Vanderbilt on? ›

The Vanderbilt Commodores (7-17, 2-10 SEC) will try to stop an eight-game road losing streak when they square off against the No. 8 Tennessee Volunteers (18-6, 9-3 SEC) on Saturday, February 17, 2024 at Thompson-Boling Arena. The matchup airs at 6:00 PM ET on SEC Network.

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Who is Vanderbilt's biggest rival? ›

Ole Miss is Vanderbilt's cross-divisional rival in the SEC. Vanderbilt and Ole Miss have played 92 times since 1894. Ole Miss leads the series 51-39-2. The largest margin of victory was by 91 points won by Vanderbilt in 1915.

Has Vanderbilt ever beat Alabama? ›

You have to go back 13 years before that game to find another Vandy win over Bama in 1956. The Commodores defeated Alabama that year 32-7. Alabama holds an all-time record against Vanderbilt, 57-19-4. The Commodores have won only three games in the series since 1956.

Who is Tennessee's biggest football rival? ›

The Vols' main rivalries include the Alabama Crimson Tide (Third Saturday in October) and Vanderbilt Commodores.

Who is University of Tennessee's biggest football rival? ›

Throughout their history, Tennessee has developed three main historical rivals, who they have played over 100 times each. These series are with Alabama , Kentucky, and Vanderbilt.

How many times has Vanderbilt beaten Tennessee? ›

Vanderbilt 76, Tennessee 0 – 1918

According to the Vols, even today, Tennessee leads the series 78-32-5 because of this game. This is because the University of Tennessee suspended varsity football play to focus on the war effort in 1916, extending to 1918.

How can I watch Lady Vols vs Vanderbilt? ›

What channel is Lady Vols basketball vs. Vanderbilt on today?
  1. TV: SEC Network.
  2. Streaming: Fubo (subscribe today)
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How to watch Tennessee vs Vanderbilt basketball? ›

How to watch Tennessee vs. Vanderbilt
  1. Location: Knoxville, Tennessee.
  2. Time: 6 p.m. ET.
  3. TV Channel: SEC Network.
  4. Streaming: Watch ESPN, ESPN App.
  5. Odds: Tennessee -20.
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What is the smallest football stadium in the SEC? ›

FirstBank Stadium is the smallest football stadium in the Southeastern Conference, and was the largest stadium in Nashville until the completion of the Titans' Nissan Stadium in 1999.

How big are Vanderbilt dorms? ›

Room Measurements
HANK INGRAM2008167–269 sq. ft.
MEMORIAL2007136–245 sq., ft.
MURRAY2007196–315 sq. ft.
NORTH2006111–310 sq. ft.
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Who had the biggest college stadium? ›

#1. University of Michigan – Michigan Stadium (Ann Arbor, MI) – 107,601.

How many times has Tennessee lost? ›

All-time record

As of the end of the 2023 regular season, Tennessee is ranked eleventh all-time won-lost records by percentage and tenth by victories. The all-time record is 864–414–53 (. 669).

What is Vanderbilt record against SEC teams? ›

Vanderbilt's all-time record against every SEC team
Ole Miss38-50-2.422
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Has Florida ever lost to Vanderbilt? ›

Florida (21-10, 11-7 SEC) was taken down in a massive 79-78 upset loss to Vanderbilt (9-22, 4-14 SEC) at Memorial Gymnasium on Saturday. The Gators grabbed a 4-3 lead two minutes after tipoff and controlled the tempo and their lead on the scoreboard for the remainder of the first half.

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