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Tennessee unable to slow down rushing attacks

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee's last few losses have turned into runaways because of the Volunteers' inability to stop the run.

The Vols are allowing 5.5 yards per carry and 225.9 yards rushing per game to rank last in the Southeastern Conference in both categories.

They're on pace to allow the most yards rushing per game of any Tennessee team since the 1986 squad gave up 232.1 per game. Tennessee hasn't yielded as many as 5.5 yards per carry since at least 1950, the earliest year the school has those statistics on file.

Tennessee (4-6, 1-5 SEC) could improve those numbers during its final two regular-season games Nov. 23 against Vanderbilt and Nov. 30 at Kentucky. Vanderbilt ranks last in the SEC in rushing. Kentucky is 12th out of 14 conference teams.