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Tennessee 56, Vanderbilt 0

(AP Photo/Wade Payne)

By TERESA M. WALKER
AP Sports Writer

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Jaylen Wright ran for 160 yards and two touchdowns on five carries, with Jabari Small running for two more scores as ninth-ranked Tennessee never trailed in routing in-state rival Vanderbilt 56-0.

The Volunteers (10-2, 6-2 Southeastern Conference ) rebounded from losing two of their last three games to clinch their first 10-win regular season since 2003, and first overall since 2007. The losses had dropped the Vols from first in the inaugural College Football Playoff ranking to 10th.

Tennessee won its fourth straight, and this was never in doubt as the Vols led 21-0 at halftime and added 21 more in the third for their first shutout in this rivalry since a 48-0 win in 2003.

Wright scored on runs of 50 and 83 yards, while Small ran for a 48-yarder. Dylan Sampson added an 80-yarder in the fourth as Tennessee ran for six TDs. The Vols ran for more yards (362) than Vanderbilt managed in total offense (254).

Vanderbilt (5-7, 2-6) missed becoming bowl eligible in coach Clark Lea's second season. The Commodores' had their a two-game SEC winning streak snapped. That streak ended a 26-game league skid that started in 2019. They also more than doubled their two-win total of last year.

Joe Milton got his first start of the season and third since transferring from Michigan last year, replacing Hendon Hooker, who rooted on his roommate from the sideline despite tearing his left ACL last week. Milton hit his first three passes, including a 61-yarder to Jalin Hyatt to set up Small's first TD on a 3-yard TD run.

Milton finished with 147 yards passing for his most at Tennessee with his only TD a 7-yarder to Walker Merrill in the third.

Dee Williams returned a punt 73 yards to put Tennessee up 21-0 midway through the second quarter, grabbing at his left hamstring after crossing the goal line before dancing in celebration.

THE TAKEAWAY

Tennessee: The Vols came in as the nation's top offense in both yards and points. With the rain, they showed they could score just as quickly on the ground as through the air with four TDs of 48 yards or longer. Five TD drives took 55 seconds or less.

Vanderbilt: The Commodores started Mike Wright, who led them to wins over Kentucky and Florida. But he struggled to throw against a Tennessee defense that gave up 453 yards passing last week. Freshman AJ Swann, who missed those games with an unspecified injury, took over in the third and threw for 79 yards, but was incomplete on a fourth-down throw into the end zone in the fourth quarter.

STRONG ARM

Milton's strong arm was on display all night. He had chances to put the Volunteers up by more. But he overthrew several open receivers, including at least three that would've been touchdowns.

November 26, 2022


Scoring Summary
First Quarter TennVandy
Tenn TD 14:05 Jabari Small 3 yard TD run (Chase McGrath Extra Point) 7 0
Tenn TD 1:57 Princeton Fant 1 yard TD run (Chase McGrath Extra Point) 14 0
Second Quarter TennVandy
Tenn TD 8:09 Dee Williams 73 yard punt return for TD (Chase McGrath Extra Point) 21 0
Third Quarter TennVandy
Tenn TD 12:26 Jabari Small 52 yard TD run (Chase McGrath Extra Point) 28 0
Tenn TD 10:43 Jaylen Wright 50 yard TD run (Chase McGrath Extra Point) 35 0
Tenn TD 4:53 Walker Merrill 7 yard TD pass from Joe Milton III (Chase McGrath Extra Point) 42 0
Fourth Quarter TennVandy
Tenn TD 11:16 Jaylen Wright 83 yard TD run (Chase McGrath Extra Point) 49 0
Tenn TD 7:41 Dylan Sampson 80 yard TD run (Chase McGrath Extra Point) 56 0
Team Stats
  Tennessee Vanderbilt
First downs 17 18
  Rushing 9 11
  Passing 5 5
  Penalty 3 2
3rd Down Efficiency 0-7, 0% 3-17, 18%
4th down efficiency 2-3, 67% 1-4, 25%
Rushes-Yards 31-362 47-147
Passing Yards 151 107
Return Yards 116 116
Completions-Attempts-Int 12-22-0 18-30-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 0-0 3-19
Punts 4 8
Fumbles Lost 1-0 4-1
Penalties - Yards 5-35 6-60
Tennessee Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Milton III 11 21 147 1 0
G. Moore 1 1 4 0 0
Vanderbilt Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
A. Swann 11 17 79 0 0
M. Wright 7 13 28 0 0
Tennessee Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Wright 5 160 32.0 2
D. Sampson 12 131 10.9 1
J. Small 11 79 7.2 2
P. Fant 2 1 0.5 1
Vanderbilt Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
R. Davis 21 60 2.9 0
M. Wright 8 50 6.3 0
P. Smith 7 27 3.9 0
M. Hayball 1 21 21.0 0
C. Lutz 3 12 4.0 0
J. McGowan 3 10 3.3 0
A. Swann 3 -21 -7.0 0
Tennessee Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Hyatt 3 86 28.7 0
R. Keyton 3 36 12.0 0
S. White 4 18 4.5 0
W. Merrill 1 7 7.0 1
H. Salmon 1 4 4.0 0
Vanderbilt Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
W. Sheppard 6 48 8.0 0
J. McGowan 3 19 6.3 0
R. Davis 5 17 3.4 0
B. Bresnahan 1 11 11.0 0
G. Schoenwald 1 8 8.0 0
G. Carter 1 5 5.0 0
P. Smith 1 -1 -1.0 0
Tennessee Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Vanderbilt Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Tennessee Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
P. Brooks 4 130 32.5
Vanderbilt Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
M. Hayball 8 337 42.1
Tennessee Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Williams 3 96 32.0
S. White 1 20 20.0
Vanderbilt Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Tennessee Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Vanderbilt Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. McGowan 2 76 38.0
C. Spence 1 4 4.0
L. Patterson 1 17 17.0
C. Lutz 1 19 19.0
Tennessee Missed FG
Player Length
Vanderbilt Missed FG
Player Length
J. Bulovas 39




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