KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (Ticker) -- Tennessee can start thinking about Florida.
Donte' Stallworth scored two long touchdowns as the sixth-ranked Volunteers set the stage for next week's showdown by blanking Vanderbilt, 38-0, in a Southeastern Conference contest.
Tennessee and Florida will decide the SEC East title in "The Swamp." The game was originally scheduled for September 15, but was postponed until the first weekend in December in the wake of the terrorist attacks.
"There is plenty to worry about this week," Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer said. "We were able to get through this one and play a lot of people, but we have a lot of people banged up. Right now, our focus and attention is to get ready for Florida."
Stallworth scored on a 55-yard punt return in the second quarter and an 80-yard pass on the first play of the second half, the longest reception of the season for the Volunteers.
Stallworth finished with 193 all-purpose yards. He caught four passes for 128 yards and returned three punts for 65 yards.
"These have been the funnest times of my life," Stallworth said. "I think we've been getting better by the week. Like coach Fulmer says, we're going to take what teams give us."
Tennessee (9-1, 6-1 SEC East) posted its 19th straight victory over Vanderbilt and has reeled off six straight wins since suffering a 26-24 loss to Georgia on October 6.
The Volunteers outgained the Commodores by more than a two-to-one margin and recorded their first shutout since a 24-0 victory over Auburn on October 2, 1999.
"We wanted to come out and put on a pretty good showing," Tennessee quarterback Casey Clausen said. "The defense came out and played well, and the offense executed better."
The defensive effort pleased Fulmer, whose club escaped with a 38-35 victory at Kentucky last week after falling behind, 21-0, in the second quarter.
"The tackling was much improved," he said. "We missed a few at the end of the game, but we did much better overall."
Still, Tennessee sputtered early on offense against the Commodores, managing only a 6-0 lead on a pair of field goals by Alex Walls over the first 18 minutes.
The Volunteers finally got untracked and began to pull away on Clausen's 10-yard TD pass to Kelley Washington with 9:07 left in the second quarter. Clausen's conversion pass to Stallworth gave Tennessee a 14-0 lead.
After forcing Vanderbilt to punt, Stallworth's return made it 21-0 with 7:54 left in the first half and effectively sealed Vanderbilt's fate.
Clausen completed 20-of-29 passes for 278 yards, while Travis Stephens was held to 65 yards on 16 carries, likely ending his hopes of setting a Tennessee single-season record. He needs 238 yards next to tie Jay Graham's school record of 1,438 yards in 1995.
Tennessee improved to 64-3 in November since 1985, including a 38-1 mark at home during that span.
Vanderbilt (2-8, 0-7) remained winless in conference play and has allowed 165 points during its three-game losing streak. The Commodores close coach Woody Widenhofer's final season next week against Mississippi.
"This wasn't like a few of the past Tennessee-Vanderbilt games," Widenhofer said. "I anticipated Tennessee coming back last week and playing better defense."
Vanderbilt was held to 205 total yards, including just 61 on the ground. Greg Zolman completed 17-of-26 passes for 144 yards with two touchdowns.
"Their defense played strong and their front four is as good as we have faced," Zolman said. "We felt like if we could get to their secondary that we could make some plays. Unfortunately, their pressure was just too much for us to handle."
Stallworth's TD reception gave the Volunteers a 28-0 lead 31 seconds into the third quarter before Walls' third field goal made it 31-0 just under three minutes later.
Tennessee missed two additional chances to score as Stephens fimbled into the end zone with four minutes remaining in the third quarter before the Volunteers turned the ball over on downs inside Vanderbilt's 5 with under six minutes to play.
But Tennessee got another score on Cedric Houston's 20-yard run with 1:34 remaining.