NCAA Game Summary - Western Kentucky at Tennessee|
(Saturday, September 5th)
Final Score: Tennessee 63, Western Kentucky 7
Knoxville, TN (Sports Network) - Jonathan Crompton tossed five touchdown
passes to lead the Tennessee Volunteers into the Lane Kiffin era with a
convincing 63-7 win over the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers in a non-conference
bout at Neyland Stadium.
Crompton finished the day completing 21-of-28 passes for 233 yards and two
interceptions. Montario Hardesty toted 18 times for 160 yards and a score
for the Volunteers (1-0), while Bryce Brown had 11 carries for 104 yards and
The Hilltoppers (0-1) relied on Bobby Rainey for the bulk of their offense, as
he ran the ball eight times for 41 yards and a score. WKU is in its first
season as a full-fledged member of the Football Bowl Subdivision and it
certainly wasn't met kindly The team turned the ball over three times and
converted just 1-of-11 third down chances.
Following a scoreless opening period, the Volunteers jumped on WKU early in
the second quarter with a two-yard touchdown plunge from Brown.
Tennessee scored again, less than a minute later, when Crompton hooked up with
Luke Stocker for a 17-yard score.
Crompton and company made it a 21-0 game minutes later, when the signal-caller
hit Quintin Hancock for a nine-yards touchdown strike.
Crompton gave the Volunteers a 28-0 lead in the final minutes of the first
half, when he found Brandon Warren from four yards out for the score.
Tennessee's offense slowed down a bit in the third quarter until Hardesty
ripped off a 43-yard touchdown run to give the Volunteers a 35-0 lead.
The Hilltoppers finally answered late in the third quarter with a 19-yard
touchdown run by Rainey to make it a 35-7 contest.
The Volunteer offense returned to form in the fourth quarter, as Crompton
followed a six-yard touchdown pass to Stocker, with a five-yard scoring toss
to Marsalis Teague less than two-minutes later.
Tennessee finished off the Hilltoppers with two short rushing touchdowns from
David Oku for the 63-7 triumph.
The Volunteers clearly dominated the contest, totaling 657 yards of offense
and 34 first downs, while holding WKU to just 83 yards and a mere six first
09/05 16:42:54 ET