KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A win over the Southeastern Conference's
worst team hardly seems like a confidence booster. Tennessee's 34-3 victory over Mississippi State was just what the Volunteers' offense needed, though, as it prepares for their biggest game of the season against second-ranked Alabama.
Coach Phillip Fulmer says winning helps solve a lot of problems,
especially as the Vols have been their own worst enemy at times.
Offensive coordinator Dave Clawson said he saw a bit of a change
in the attitudes of his players in the middle of the game as they
put together long scoring drives.
Lennon Creer ran the ball every down of a 12-play, 51-yard drive
late in the fourth quarter and picked up another touchdown on a
Clawson says that was needed as the Vols get ready for Alabama,
which ranks fourth in the nation in rushing defense.
Tennessee is hoping its current momentum also gives it a boost
early against the Tide. The Vols have scored in the first quarter
of only one game this season.