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Vanderbilt looks for consecutive wins over Tennessee

Nov 14, 2006 - 10:33 PM No. 22 Tennessee (7-3) at Vanderbilt (4-7), 12:30 pm EST

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Ticker) - Vanderbilt looks for consecutive wins over Tennessee for the first time in 80 years when it hosts the 22nd-ranked Volunteers for a Southeastern Conference matchup on Saturday.

Last year, the Commodores snapped a 22-game skid against the Volunteers with a 28-24 triumph in Knoxville.

Vanderbilt has not won back-to-back games in the series since 1925-26 and has not beaten Tennessee in Nashville since 1964.

The Commodores (4-7, 1-6 SEC East) lost for the third time in four games with a wild 38-26 setback at Kentucky last Saturday.

Vanderbilt collected 621 yards - 446 through the air - for its greatest offensive output since gaining 798 yards against Davidson in 1969, but the Commodores allowed the Wildcats to gain 597.

Tennessee (7-3, 3-3 East) was blown out by host Arkansas last week, 31-14.

Starting in place of the injured Erik Ainge, redshirt freshman Jonathan Crompton completed 16-of-34 passes for 174 yards and two touchdowns with one interception for the Vols, who were outgained on the ground, 259-92.

"As far as Erik Ainge is concerned, I expect him to be there (Saturday)," Vols coach Phillip Fulmer said. "He's probably upgraded to probable at this point. He practiced the whole time (Monday), did all the drills, and that was encouraging. With that, it will be important for him to follow that with the same kind of work here in the next couple of days.

"Jonathan Crompton will certainly be ready and available, and I think with as much as Vanderbilt does defensively, it will be a real plus to have Erik out there for us."

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