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Tennessee plays first road game of season at Memphis

Sep 26, 2006 - 10:41 PM No. 15 Tennessee (3-1) at Memphis (1-2), 12:00 pm EDT

MEMPHIS, Tennessee (Ticker) - For the first time this season, Tennessee will be leaving Neyland Stadium. But the Volunteers are not leaving the state, and they are headed for a place where they have had lots of success.

No. 15 Tennessee concludes its non-conference schedule Saturday with a visit to Memphis.

Tennessee (3-1) has dominated the series, going 19-1, including 8-1 in Memphis. The Vols' lone loss was a 21-17 setback in 1996, although they had trouble at home a year ago before posting a 20-16 win.

The Vols rebounded from a 21-20 setback to Southeastern Conference rival Florida two weeks ago with Saturday's 33-7 triumph over Marshall.

Tennessee held just a 16-7 edge before LaMarcus Coker ran 89 yards down the left sideline for a score on the first play of the fourth quarter. Coker rushed for 146 yards on just eight carries.

Memphis (1-2) has not played since surrendering 28 unanswered points in a 35-20 setback at East Carolina on September 16.

Martin Hankins threw three touchdown passes, including a three-yarder to Antonio McCoy that gave the Tigers a 20-7 lead entering the break. But he also was intercepted five times.

Four of his picks came in the second half, with Zach Slate returning one seven yards for the go-ahead score early in the fourth quarter.

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