Tennessee running back Marlin Lane (15) rips away from Troy defensive back Chris Pickett (7) to score a touchdown during the first half of their NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo)
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee tailback Marlin Lane is making the most of a second chance.
Lane couldn't beat out teammate Rajion Neal for the Volunteers' starting tailback spot and struggled in a reserve role early this season. But he has come on strong ever since an ankle injury started limiting Neal. Lane rushed for a career-high 132 yards and scored the game-winning touchdown last week in a 55-48 victory over Troy.
Now that Neal is working his way back into peak form, the Vols hope to have two quality backs carrying their vastly improved rushing attack. Tennessee heads into Saturday's game with Missouri averaging 162 yards rushing per game and 4.7 yards per carry this season after running for just 90.1 yards per game and 2.8 yards per attempt last year.
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