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Tennessee dominates early, but doesn’t blow out Utah State in first half

Justin Worley

The first Tennessee possession of the 2014 season was an ugly of a three-and-out as you’ll see. It got better from there, though, and quickly. After forcing their own three-and-out, the Vols marched 70 yards on six plays, capped by a Pig Howard eight-yard end around scoring dash.

One play later, Tennessee had the ball again.

Kennedy Williams fumbled the ensuing kickoff at his own 12 yard line, recovered by Tennessee’s Todd Kelly, Jr. Justin Worley hit Brendan Downs on the next play for a 12-yard scoring strike to put the Vols up 14-0 six minutes into the game.

The Neyland Stadium crowd was rocking, but the Volunteers did not deliver the knockout blow the 102,000 orange faithful expected.

Chuckie Keeton amassed only 79 passing yards, but Tennessee had issues along its offensive line – shocking, for a group replacing all five starters – and only an Aaron Medley field goal dotted the scoreboard in the final 24 minutes of the first half as the Vols staked a 17-0 halftime edge.


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2 Responses to “Tennessee dominates early, but doesn’t blow out Utah State in first half”
  1. jimr10 says: Aug 31, 2014 10:44 PM

    Not one “expert” had the Vols even being in the game. Chunky Keeton was going to run all over the Vols. Final score Vols 38..Utes 7.

  2. jjdstl01 says: Sep 1, 2014 7:29 AM

    Zack Barnett does the Vols a disservice by writing his article and only talking about the first half. While the Vols still have a long way to go to return to the elite level, they deserve better then what this clown wrote.

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