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NCAA Game Summary - Cincinnati at Tennessee



(Saturday, September 10th)

Final Score: Tennessee 45, Cincinnati 23

Knoxville, TN (Sports Network) - Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray put it all together, as he led the Volunteers to a 45-23 rout of Cincinnati in Knoxville.

Bray was unstoppable, throwing for a career-high 405 yards and four touchdowns, adding a fifth score on the ground for the Volunteers (2-0), who handed the Bearcats (1-1) their first loss of the season.

It marked the fourth time in school history that a UT quarterback had eclipsed 400 yards passing in a game and the first time by someone other than Peyton Manning.

Bray hooked up with wideouts Justin Hunter and Da'Rick Rogers a combined 20 times, with Hunter leading the way with 10 catches for 156 yards and one TD, while Rogers finished with 10 catches, for 100 yards and two scores.

Offense balance for Tennessee came in the form of tailback Tauren Poole, who rushed for 101 yards on 21 carries.

The Bearcats got off to a fast start, opening up the scoring with a three-play drive, highlighted by a 65-yard TD scamper by standout tailback Isaiah Pead.

The Volunteers countered with a two-yard TD run by Marlin Lane on the next drive, tying things up with just under 10 minutes to go in the quarter.

Tennessee would take the lead less than two minutes later, when Bray threw the first of three first-half TD strikes, this one a 33-yarder to Hunter.

Cincinnati's gunslinger Zach Collaros got the Bearcats back on the scoreboard less than two minutes later, with a 13-yard TD pass to Adrien Robinson.

However, Tennessee dominated after that, as the second quarter belonged to the hometown Volunteers, who closed out the half with a pair of TD passes from Bray to Rogers, an 11-yarder early in the quarter and a 15-yard score 12 minutes later to put the Vols up 28-14 at the half.

More of the same in the third quarter, as Tennessee continued to dominate behind the play of Bray, who opened up the second half scoring with his first career rushing TD (one-yarder), capping off a 10-play, 70-yard drive.

Following a 23-yard field-goal by Cincinnati's Tony Miliano, Bray was at it again, hooking up with Zach Rogers for a 16-yard TD, opening the lead to 42-17.

Collaros would hook up with Anthony McClung in the fourth quarter to draw within 42-23, but Tennessee would finish things off with a 37-yard Michael Palardy field goal to make it 45-23.

09/10 20:37:55 ET