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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 a touchdown.

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 downs.

09/05 16:42:54 ET