But a pair of turnovers on downs for Vanderbilt kept the Vols in the game.
Tennessee cut the Commodores lead to four in the third quarter after Aaron Medley kicked a 49-yard field goal, a career long for the senior.
Tennessee got the ball to start the game and made the most of it, capping off the 9-play, 85-yard drive with a touchdown.
Jarrett Guarantano connected from two yards out with Marquez Callaway, who came down with a one-handed catch in the corner of the end zone.
Vanderbilt would take its first lead on its next drive, finding the end zone for the third consecutive possession.Erickson, in the scheme, suggesting the pair tried to hide the source of the funds together.It was also alleged by the SEC that Erickson lied to police and told them she was an investor in Safety Technologies, when in fact she was engaged to, and living with, Connerton at the time.The loss gives Tennessee eight this season, the most in one year in program history.The Vols entered Saturday with Ohio State as the only two programs who have avoided 8-game losing seasons.