The Vols improved to 2-2 with Saturday’s 34-23 win over Ohio at Neyland Stadium.
Despite throwing his 8th interecption of the year, QB Jonathan Crompton completed 17 of 34 for 222 yards and 2 TD. The running game added another 177 yards. Senior Montario Hardesty carried 20 times for 140 yards and a TD.
The Vol defense played well once again, especially against the rush. They only allowed 25 yards rushing. Unfortunately they did give up 319 yards through the air.
Although I expected a little better performance against Ohio the Vols played fairly well. They still have lots of work to do if they want to remain a contender in the SEC. It’s going to be a tough road ahead, beginning next Saturday as Auburn heads to Knoxville for a prime-time ESPN game. The Vols will go into that game minus starting middle linebacker Nick Reveiz, who suffered a season-ending knee injury. That will be a big loss to the Tennessee defense.
Saturday’s win gives some new life to the struggling Vol offense. I feel that many of Tennessee’s problems offensively have stemmed from the QB position. We really need Crompton, or someone, to step up and lead the offense. Once there is a QB in place who has some consistent success throwing the ball I think the Vols have a good shot a winning some key games. Only time will tell.