GAMEDAY College Football

Tennessee 60, South Alabama 14

Associated Press

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Hendon Hooker threw for 273 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another to lead Tennessee to a 60-14 victory over South Alabama.

The nonconference win gives the Volunteers (6-5) bowl eligibility in coach Josh Heupel's first season. The Jaguars (5-6) have one more try to reach that level under first-year coach Kane Wommack.

Hooker connected on 17 of 20 passes, with touchdowns going to Cedric Tillman (27 yards) and Princeton Fant (24). Jabari Small rushed for 73 yards and a pair of TDs. Jalen Wright and Len'Neth Whitehead also scored one on the ground.

"(We were) hitting on every angle," Hooker said. "We're trying to tire you out tonight."

"(Hooker) keeps being aggressive," Heupel said. "He's a competitor."

Besides an offense that collected 561 yards, the Vols defense stifled the Jaguars with 1 of 16 in third-down conversions and had 13 tackles for loss.

"We did a good job of maxing things out (on defense)," Heupel said. "We had pressure on their quarterback."

"I don't think we played particularly well tonight," said Wommack. "Defensively, when we get behind on someone, we play too hesitant. You got to cut it loose against guys like this. They're athletic, they're faster than us, they go very very fast and challenge you, they make tackles in space, and right now we don't have enough guys that can make tackles in space."

Tennessee's offense generated 275 yards and 16 first downs in the first half, but it was Velus Jones' 96-yard kickoff return with just over a minute before intermission that highlighted the 35-7 half.

The Vols pushed the lead to 28-0 late in the second quarter before South Alabama showed signs of life. Keith Gallmon, a "short" man in punt formation, ran 26 yards on a fake to the Tennessee 33. Desmond Trotter followed that with a 27-yard pass to Jalen Wayne and then a 3-yard TD pass to Lincoln Sefcik.

Tennessee's dominance in the first quarter continued. Touchdown runs by Small and Wright gave the Vols a 14-0 lead while extending their season advantage to 162-44 in the first 15 minutes.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter USATenn
Tenn TD 11:13 Jabari Small 1 yd run (Chase McGrath kick) 0 7
Tenn TD 6:14 Jaylen Wright 17 yd run (Chase McGrath kick) 0 14
Second Quarter USATenn
Tenn TD 10:37 Cedric Tillman 27 yd pass from Hendon Hooker (Chase McGrath kick) 0 21
Tenn TD 6:41 Princeton Fant 24 yd pass from Hendon Hooker (Chase McGrath kick) 0 28
USA TD 1:36 Lincoln Sefcik 3 yd pass from Desmond Trotter (Diego Guajardo kick) 7 28
Tenn TD 1:18 Velus Jones Jr. 96 yd kick return (Chase McGrath kick) 7 35
Third Quarter USATenn
Tenn TD 12:06 Jabari Small 3 yd run (Chase McGrath kick) 7 42
Tenn TD 7:29 Hendon Hooker 6 yd run (Chase McGrath kick) 7 49
Fourth Quarter USATenn
Tenn TD 12:50 Len'Neth Whitehead 5 yd run (Chase McGrath kick) 7 56
USA TD 11:02 Jalen Tolbert 68 yd pass from Desmond Trotter (Diego Guajardo kick) 14 56
Tenn SF 6:37 Team safety 14 58
Tenn SF 2:43 Team safety 14 60
Team Stats
  South Alabama Tennessee
First downs 13 28
  Rushing 6 15
  Passing 6 12
  Penalty 1 1
3rd Down Efficiency 1-16, 6% 8-11, 73%
4th down efficiency 5-8, 63% 0-1, 0%
Rushes-Yards 37-69 43-250
Passing Yards 216 311
Return Yards 22 181
Completions-Attempts-Int 19-32-0 24-29-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 4--18 3--14
Punts 6 2
Punts-Average 39.7 32
Fumbles Lost 1-0 0-0
Penalties - Yards 4-30 6-45
Time of Possession 37:00 23:00
South Alabama Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
D. Trotter 19 32 216 2 0
Tennessee Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
H. Hooker 17 20 273 2 0
J. Milton III 5 7 32 0 0
G. Moore 2 2 6 0 0
South Alabama Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
K. Walker 7 29 4.1 0
B. Hill 10 27 2.7 0
K. Gallmon Jr. 1 26 26.0 0
D. Trotter 12 10 0.8 0
J. Wilson 1 5 5.0 0
T. Avery 3 -1 -0.3 0
A. Phillips 2 -2 -1.0 0
Tennessee Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Wright 13 83 6.4 1
J. Small 11 73 6.6 2
L. Whitehead 6 60 10.0 1
H. Hooker 7 21 3.0 1
M. Pierce Jr. 3 18 6.0 0
D. Beckwith 1 2 2.0 0
J. Milton III 2 -7 -3.5 0
South Alabama Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Tolbert 7 143 20.4 1
J. Wayne 2 55 27.5 0
B. Crum 1 11 11.0 0
K. Walker 3 8 2.7 0
L. Sefcik 2 5 2.5 1
B. Hill 1 2 2.0 0
C. Lacy 2 -1 -.5 0
J. Wilson 1 -7 -7.0 0
Tennessee Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
V. Jones Jr. 6 103 17.2 0
C. Tillman 5 100 20.0 1
P. Fant 3 40 13.3 1
J. Warren 4 33 8.3 0
R. Keyton 1 14 14.0 0
J. Hyatt 1 11 11.0 0
H. Salmon 3 7 2.3 0
G. Frerking 1 3 3.0 0
South Alabama Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Tennessee Interceptions
Player Int Yards
South Alabama Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Brooks 6 238 39.7
Tennessee Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
P. Brooks 2 64 32.0
South Alabama Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Tennessee Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
V. Jones Jr. 3 47 15.7
South Alabama Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Rockette 1 22 22.0
C. Lacy 1 0 0
Tennessee Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
V. Jones Jr. 1 96 96.0
J. Holiday 1 23 23.0
T. Flowers 1 15 15.0
South Alabama Missed FG
Player Length
Tennessee Missed FG
Player Length




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