Yesterday, Elsie and I made a little road trip to Knoxville where we met up with my sister and brother-in-law and made our way to Neyland Stadium to watch the Vols take on Cincinnati. It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon in Knoxville, and an even more beautiful game as Tennessee defeated Cincinnati 45-23.
The Vols got off to a slow start giving up a 65-yard TD run only minutes into the game. They settled down quickly, however, and drove the ball 73 yards to tie the game with a TD of their own. Then, to everyone’s surprise, kicker Michael Palardy executed a perfect on-side kick which the Vols recovered on their own 41. The next drive ended with a 33-yard pass from Tyler Bray to Justin Hunter for another TD, and UT led 14-7.
Tennessee kept the momentum going in the 2nd quarter and led 28-14 at the half. The second half was much like the first, with Tyler Bray and the Vols offense having tons of success through the air. Bray ended the afternoon 34 of 41 for 405 yards, 256 of which went to Justin Hunter and Da’Rick Rogers. Hunter had 10 receptions for 156 yards and a TD, while Rogers caught 10 balls for 100 yards and 2 TD.
The running game never really got going, although Tauren Poole did finally eclipse the 100 yard mark. He carried 21 times for 101 yards. The Vols will need to work on the run as they prepare for Florida next week. However, I think they have a very good chance at beating the Gators if they play as well as they have in these first two games. I can’t wait to see what the boys can do next week in The Swamp!