NCAA Game Summary - Western Kentucky at Tennessee|
(Saturday, September 7)
Final Score: Tennessee 52, Western Kentucky 20
Knoxville, TN (Sports Network) - Butch Jones earned his second win as head
coach at Tennessee as the Volunteers cruised to a dominating 52-20 victory
over the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at Neyland Stadium.
Jones, who came from Cincinnati, and his Volunteers (2-0) were led by Rajion
Neal who rushed for 74 yards and three touchdowns on 15 carries, while Marlin
Lane added 97 yards and a score on 16 attempts.
Justin Worley completed 11-of-19 passes for 142 yards, one touchdown, and one
interception and Johnathon Johnson was Tennessee's leading receiver with 57
yards on just two receptions. Brendan Downs had just one catch for one yard
Head coach Bobby Petrino suffered his first loss with the Hilltoppers (1-1)
after more than a year away from coaching following his dismissal from
Western Kentucky was led by Antonio Andrews who managed 207 all-purpose yards,
including 111 rushing yards on just 13 rushing attempts. Leon Allen managed to
run for 52 yards and a score.
WKU quarterback Brandon Doughty struggled mightily, completing 17-of-34 passes
for only one touchdown and five interceptions.
WKU opened up the game with a 14-play, 55-yard drive that lasted over seven
minutes and ended with a 37-yard field goal by Garrett Schwettman. It was all
down hill from there as the visitors turned the ball over on each of their
next five drives (three interceptions, two fumbles). The five turnovers came
in a span of six plays for the Hilltoppers and took place inside their own 40-
Tennessee took advantage of all five WKU miscues. Justin Coleman and Cameron
Sutton each had interceptions which they returned for touchdowns, measuring 23
and 36 yards, respectively. Hilltopper fumbles by Keshawn Simpson and Andrews,
along with another interception thrown by Doughty, resulted in a 23-yard field
goal from Michael Palardy, a one-yard touchdown run by Neal, and an eight-yard
touchdown run by Lane which put Tennessee up 31-3.
After 31 unanswered points from the Volunteers, Allen ran in a one-yard
touchdown for WKU at the 6:47 mark of the second quarter. Doughty threw his
fourth interception on what looked like a promising drive for the Hilltoppers
shortly thereafter, but the WKU defense managed to block a Tennessee punt
inside the Volunteer 10-yard line to set up six-yard touchdown pass from
Doughty to Norris. The touchdown cut the score to 31-17 just before
The Vols answered back in the second half with Neal running in a one-yard
touchdown less than two minutes into the third quarter.
Schwettman knocked through a 33-yard field goal midway through the period,
leaving the Hilltoppers to a 38-20 deficit.
After a seven-yard touchdown run by Neal and a one-yard touchdown pass from
Worley to Downs, the Volunteers cruised to the 32-point triumph.
WKU tallied 393 yards of total offense compared to 382 yards by Tennessee,
but the Hilltoppers' seven turnovers are what cost them in the end.
The FBS record for consecutive drives resulting in a turnover is seven, held
by Florida State.
09/07 17:11:15 ET