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Vols Open with 42-16 Win




Sept. 3, 2011

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FINAL
MONTANA
(0-1, 0-0 Big Sky)
Next: Sept. 10 vs. Cal Poly
16
TENNESSEE
(1-0, 0-0 SEC)
Next: Sept. 10 vs. Cincinnati
42
Neyland Stadium   //   Knoxville   //   Att: 94,661
SNAPSHOT
SCORING SUMMARY
 
1Q
2Q
3Q
4Q
OT
 
Final
Montana
0
7
2
7
 
16
Tennessee
14
14
7
7
 
42
First Quarter
Da'Rick Rogers 47 yd pass from Tyler Bray (Michael Palardy kick), 12:47
Tenn 7
Mon 0
Justin Hunter 81 yd pass from Bray (Palardy kick), 8:36
Tenn 14
Mon 0
Second Quarter
Marlin Lane 9 yd pass from Bray (Palardy kick), 13:21
Tenn 21
Mon 0
Tauren Poole 8 yd run (Palardy kick), 4:06
Tenn 28
Mon 0
Jabin Sambrano 80 yd pass from Jordan Johnson (Brody McKnight kick), 3:49
Tenn 28
Mon 7
Third Quarter
Safety, 12:45
Tenn 28
Mon 9
Art Evans 37 yd interception return (Palardy kick), 12:12
Tenn 35
Mon 9
Fourth Quarter
Lane 1 yd run (Palardy kick), 9:10
Tenn 42
Mon 9
Jordan Canada 7 yd run (McKnight kick), 6:04
Tenn 42
Mon 16
TENNESSEE LEADERS
Passing Leaders
Cmp
Att
Yds
TD
INT
Long
Tyler Bray
17
24
293
3
0
81
Rushing Leaders
Att
Yds
TD
Long
Tauren Poole
24
98
1
28
Marlin Lane
10
35
1
18
Receiving Leaders
Rec
Yds
TD
Long
Justin Hunter
6
146
1
81
Da'Rick Rogers
5
100
1
47
Channing Fugate
3
17
0
7
Marlin Lane
2
16
1
9
GAME BALL
» JUSTIN HUNTER
Sophomore // Wide Receiver // 6-4 // 200
Hunter set a career high with 146 yards, thanks in no small part to an 81-yard touchdown in the first quarter. At halftime, he had 138 yards.

BY DREW EDWARDS
UTSports.com

KNOXVILLE -- Tennessee's 2011 football season began with the longest weather delay in school history.

But lightning and high winds only delayed a first-half offensive deluge as the Vols rolled to a 42-16 victory over Montana in Neyland Stadium on Saturday night.

The Vols jumped out to a 14-point lead early in the first quarter thanks to a couple big plays from sophomore receivers Da'Rick Rogers and Justin Hunter.

Rogers caught a 47-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Bray after the Vols recovered a fumbled punt following their first possession of the game. Montana's next drive sputtered at the Tennessee 41, and three plays later Bray connected with Hunter for an 81-yard touchdown that gave UT a 14-0 lead with 8:36 left in the first quarter.

"The game went just like practice did," said Hunter, who set a career high with 146 receiving yards. "We practiced like this all spring and all summer."

After those two quick-strike scores, the Vols (1-0) were more methodical on their next two scoring drives.

True freshman tailback Marlin Lane ended a 12-play, 96-yard drive with a 9-yard touchdown reception to give the Vols a 21-0 lead, and senior Tauren Poole scored from 8 yards out to end a 13-play, 76-yard drive.

But the Vols' productive first half wasn't without a few sputters -- and that didn't include the 1-hour, 33-minute weather delay that began about 10 minutes before the scheduled kickoff.

That weather delay, which caused the Vols to abandon their traditional entrance through the 'T' for just the second time since the 1965, wasn't much of a factor, UT head coach Derek Dooley said.

"It's all how you manage it. It's like old hat to me," said Dooley, who has dealt with several weather delays as a head coach, including a 70-minute delay in a loss to Oregon last year. "Guys really managed it very well. They were relaxed. They shut it down in the locker room. We have experience at it."

If the weather was bad luck, the Vols had a little more good fortune when it came to loose balls.

Tennessee fumbled the ball six times -- five in the first half -- but didn't lose any. It also had two interceptions overturned thanks to Montana penalties. There were a few miscues as well, including an 80-yard Montana touchdown in the second quarter on a busted coverage, and an 82-yard drive surrendered in the fourth quarter with mostly reserves on the field.

It also struggled to get a ground game going for much of the first half, picking up 67 yards on 27 carries in the first 30 minutes. It got better in the second half, especially for Poole, who finished with 98 yards on 24 carries.

His 28-yard run in the fourth quarter also set up the Vols' final points of the day, a 1-yard touchdown by Lane.

"Montana did a good job," UT coach Derek Dooley said. "They have all seniors and juniors on defense, and you can tell. They're physical. (Poole) averaged 4 yards per carry. But we were hoping to run it a little better than we did."

That's a theme that carried over from last season. One that didn't follow the Vols into 2011 -- at least so far -- was a second-half letdown.

The third quarter started with a safety on UT's opening possession, but Art Evans returned his first career interception 37 yards for a touchdown to help stifle any potential Grizzlies comeback.

Tennessee returns to the field on Saturday against Cincinnati, which defeated Austin Peay 72-10. The game kicks off at 3:30 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN2.

 

 

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