Football Home
Tennessee Sports
Buy Tickets Tenn Fund
ALERT
BUTCH JONES NAMED VOLS' NEW FOOTBALL COACH. CLICK HERE FOR FULL STORY »

ROSTER » SCHEDULE » COACHES » FACILITIES » STATS » NEWS » HISTORY

Bray's Career Day Powers Vols



Sept. 10, 2011

Final Stats |  Quotes |  Notes |  Photo Gallery 1  |  Photo Gallery 2  |  Photo Gallery 3 

FINAL
CINCINNATI
(1-1, 0-0 Big East)
Next: Sept. 17 vs. Akron
23
TENNESSEE
(2-0, 0-0 SEC)
Next: Sept. 17 at Florida
45
Neyland Stadium   //   Knoxville   //   Att: 94,207
SNAPSHOT
SCORING SUMMARY
 
1Q
2Q
3Q
4Q
OT
 
Final
Cincinnati
14
0
3
6
 
23
Tennessee
14
14
14
3
 
45
First Quarter
Isaiah Pead 65-yd run (Tony Miliano kick), 13:24
Cin 7
Tenn 0
Marlin Lane 2-yd run (Michael Palardy kick), 9:53
Tenn 7
Cin 7
Justin Hunter 33-yd pass from Tyler Bray (Palardy kick), 8:08
Tenn 14
Cin 7
Adrien Robinson 13 pass from Zach Collaros (Miliano kick), 6:28
Cin 14
Tenn 14
Second Quarter
Da'Rick Rogers 11-yd pass from Bray (Palardy kick) 13:20
Tenn 21
Cin 14
Rogers 15-yd pass from Bray (Palardy kick), 1:15
Tenn 28
Cin 14
Third Quarter
Bray 1-yd run (Palardy kick) 10:16
Tenn 35
Cin 14
Miliano 23-yd FG, 7:09
Tenn 35
Cin 17
Zach Rogers 16-yd pass from Bray (Palardy kick) 1:24
Tenn 42
Cin 17
Fourth Quarter
Anthony McClung 6-yd pass from Collaros (Pass failed), 8:46
Tenn 42
Cin 23
Palardy 37-yd FG 1:44
Tenn 45
Cin 23
TENNESSEE LEADERS
Passing Leaders
Cmp
Att
Yds
TD
INT
Long
Tyler Bray
34
41
405
4
0
33
Rushing Leaders
Att
Yds
TD
Long
Tauren Poole
21
101
0
19
Marlin Lane
8
16
1
10
Receiving Leaders
Rec
Yds
TD
Long
Justin Hunter
10
156
1
33
Da'Rick Rogers
10
100
2
15
Mychal Rivera
6
54
0
12
GAME BALL
» TYLER BRAY
Sophomore // Quarterback // 6-6 // 210
Bray set a career high with 405 passing yards, just the fourth time a Tennessee quarterback has thrown for more than 400 yards -- and the first not named Manning.

BY DREW EDWARDS
UTSports.com

KNOXVILLE -- There are plenty of words that would fit Tennessee's passing game in its 45-23 victory over Cincinnati. Wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers thinks he knows the best one.

"It wouldn't call it easy. I would call it routine," Rogers said. "You really just play like you play in practice, and it carries over in the game."

Led by a record day from quarterback Tyler Bray, Tennessee's passing game was clicking at a level against the Bearcats in Neyland Stadium on Saturday that hasn't been seen in quite a while. And in a couple cases, ever.

Bray connected on 34 of his 41 passes for four touchdowns and a career-best 405 yards. The prime beneficiaries -- and contributors -- were fellow sophomores Da'Rick Rogers and Justin Hunter.

A week after the two combined for 246 receiving yards in a victory over Montana, they became the first receivers in Tennessee history to record 10 catches in the same game and the first to record back-to-back 100-yard games.

"Our passing game was on all cylinders," UT coach Derek Dooley said.

Tennessee's running game, which struggled at times last week against the Grizzlies, got good production from senior Tauren Poole, who finished with 101 yards on 21 carries.

The Vols' defense, though, took a while to warm up.

Cincinnati scored on its first two possessions, although one was delayed by a successful onside kick by the Vols. But after ending the first quarter tied at 14-14, the Bearcats found a brick wall on a pair of fourth-and-1 attempts that helped swing the game toward Tennessee.

Freshman linebacker A.J. Johnson and junior college transfer Maurice Couch blew up a fourth-and-1 from the Cincinnati 49-yard line early in the second quarter. Holding on to that same 21-14 lead, Malik Jackson and Brent Brewer stuffed quarterback Zach Collaros on another fourth-and-1 at the UT 46-yard line with a little more than 5 minutes remaining in the half.

"It's a great feeling. We go in there every week and talk about getting big stops," Jackson said. "It's always big when you stop a team on fourth-and-1."

And not just because the Vols got the ball back, either.

"It's not just the stop, it's field position," Dooley said. "Those are about 40-yard stops, turnovers. And it generates juice. You get a little excited. Those plays are huge, the fourth downs."

The Vols rode the momentum of that stop to a 53-yard touchdown drive that ended with a 15-yard pass from Bray to Rogers, who had two touchdowns to go with his 10 catches for 100 yards.

Hunter, who had 81 of his 146 receiving yards last week on one play, finished with 156 yards on 10 catches, none of which went for more than 33 yards.

In the second half, the Vols' offense was a little less aerodynamic, but Bray scored his first career rushing touchdown to give the Vols a 35-14 lead just after halftime. His 16-yard pass to Zach Rogers at the end of the third quarter all but sealed the game at 42-17.

The Bearcats (1-1), who scored 72 points last week against Austin Peay, got a field goal and a fourth quarter touchdown, but never seriously threatened Tennessee's lead.

"We were just in that zone tonight," Bray said. "If you could have been in our huddle, you could have seen it in everyone's eyes."

The Vols, 2-0 for the first time since 2006, turn their focus to Saturday's SEC opener at No. 18 Florida. Tennessee last won at Florida in 2003, and the Vols are winless against the Gators in the last six meetings.

Bray didn't play against the Gators last year, and Rogers and Hunter hadn't cracked the starting lineup yet. Those three put a significantly different face on the Vols' offense, but the Gators are a significantly different opponent than UT has seen in its first two games.

"(Bray) looks very different than what he did last year at this time," Dooley said. "But you know this is two games. It's a long season now. We've got to get ready next week. These suckers are good.

"Before we start patting ourselves on the back a little bit, let's just enjoy the win and see if we can keep up with these guys next week."


 

 

Official Online Store

This week on sale:

    Tennessee Auction

    BID NOW! >>