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Tennessee 65, Tennessee-Martin 24

(AP Photo/Wade Payne)

By AL LESAR
Associated Press

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Tight end Princeton Fant ran for two touchdowns and threw for another to lead No. 3 Tennessee to a 65-24 victory over UT Martin.

The Volunteers (7-0) used the win over the FCS No. 14 Skyhawks (4-3) to prepare for upcoming Southeastern Conference battles with Kentucky and Georgia.

Besides running for scores of 1 and 11 yards, Fant took a lateral from Joe Milton and hit Jalin Hyatt for a 66-yard TD to give the Vols their 52-7 halftime lead. Fant also dropped a wide-open pass that would have been a touchdown.

Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker, a Heisman Trophy candidate, completed 18 of 24 passes for 276 yards and three touchdowns. Hooker took the rest of the day off late in the first half. Hyatt caught seven passes for 174 yards and two scores.

UT Martin quarterback Dresser Winn threw for 301 yards and two touchdowns.

ODDS & ENDS

Tennessee walk-on CB William Wright got his first career interception in the first quarter. ... Hooker's eight-yard scoring pass to Ramel Keyton gave Hooker a school-record 19 straight games with a TD pass, one better than Heath Shuler (1992-94). ... The 52 first-half points were the most by the Vols in the first half as an SEC member. ... K Chase McGrath, whose 40-yard field goal as time expired beat Alabama last week, misfired from 46 yards. ... After having both goalposts torn down after the Alabama win, Tennessee raised over $150,000 to buy new ones.

SIDELINED VOLS

Seven key Tennessee players were not available for the game. Among them, WR Cedric Tillman missed his fourth game since having surgery for a high ankle sprain. ... S Jaylen McCollough, who was cleared of school sanctions stemming from his aggravated assault arrest two weeks ago, did not participate. ... Both starting CBs Kamal Hadden and Christian Charles were out, along with LT Gerald Mincey and LBs Juwan Mitchell and Kwauze Garland. ... Late in the game, Vols third string QB Tayven Jackson went down with a shoulder injury.

SALUTE TO PAT

The 50-year anniversary of Title IX was celebrated at this game. Tennessee women's basketball coaching icon Pat Summitt was the focus of the salute. Besides coaching the Lady Vols from 1974-2012 (1,098 wins, 8 NCAA championships), she graduated from UT Martin in 1974. Both schools have their arena floors named for her.

THE TAKEAWAY

UT Martin: Ranked No. 14 among FCS teams and 3-0 while trying to defend their Ohio Valley Conference championship, the Skyhawks shouldn't have much negative carryover from the loss. The opportunity to play one of the best teams in the country with more than 100,000 fans in the stands - along with a nice check for playing the game - are just some of the positives that could help in the future.

Tennessee: With Kentucky at home and Georgia on the road awaiting the Vols the next two weeks, they needed a breather after beating Alabama. The game also provided an opportunity to work on specific areas. The secondary needs to improve in order to handle the upcoming challenges.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter TN-MarTenn
Tenn TD 11:44 Jabari Small 1 yard TD run (Chase McGrath Extra Point) 0 7
TN-Mar TD 9:05 Zoe Roberts 4 yard TD run (Tyler Larco Extra Point) 7 7
Tenn TD 5:59 Princeton Fant 1 yard TD run (Chase McGrath Extra Point) 7 14
Tenn TD 0:00 Ramel Keyton 8 yard TD pass from Hendon Hooker (Chase McGrath Extra Point) 7 21
Second Quarter TN-MarTenn
Tenn FG 10:54 Chase McGrath 40 yard field goal 7 24
Tenn TD 10:13 Jalin Hyatt 22 yard TD pass from Hendon Hooker (Chase McGrath Extra Point) 7 31
Tenn TD 7:09 Ramel Keyton 17 yard TD pass from Hendon Hooker (Chase McGrath Extra Point) 7 38
Tenn TD 4:15 Princeton Fant 11 yard TD run (Chase McGrath Extra Point) 7 45
Tenn TD 2:10 Jalin Hyatt 66 yard TD pass from Princeton Fant (Chase McGrath Extra Point) 7 52
Third Quarter TN-MarTenn
Tenn TD 13:01 Dylan Sampson 1 yard TD run (Toby Wilson Kick Failed) 7 58
TN-Mar TD 3:05 George Qualls Jr. 8 yard TD pass from Dresser Winn (Tyler Larco Extra Point) 14 58
Fourth Quarter TN-MarTenn
TN-Mar TD 14:41 George Qualls Jr. 31 yard TD pass from Dresser Winn (Tyler Larco Extra Point) 21 58
Tenn TD 13:12 Squirrel White 64 yard TD pass from Joe Milton III (Toby Wilson Extra Point) 21 65
TN-Mar FG 5:04 Tyler Larco 30 yard field goal 24 65
Team Stats
  UT Martin Tennessee
First downs 24 29
  Rushing 4 13
  Passing 15 12
  Penalty 5 4
3rd Down Efficiency 3-13, 23% 14-19, 74%
4th down efficiency 0-2, 0% 1-1, 100%
Rushes-Yards 29-76 46-202
Passing Yards 317 494
Return Yards 19 81
Completions-Attempts-Int 28-48-1 26-36-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 2-12 2-10
Punts 5 2
Fumbles Lost 2-1 0-0
Penalties - Yards 4-39 13-109
UT Martin Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
D. Winn 26 45 302 2 1
C. Brown IV 2 3 15 0 0
Tennessee Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
H. Hooker 18 23 275 3 0
J. Milton III 4 7 135 1 0
P. Fant 1 1 66 1 0
G. Moore 2 3 9 0 1
T. Jackson 1 2 9 0 0
UT Martin Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
Z. Wallace 10 35 3.5 0
S. Franklin 8 30 3.8 0
J. Castleberry 2 18 9.0 0
C. Brown IV 2 6 3.0 0
Z. Roberts 2 -5 -2.5 1
D. Winn 5 -8 -1.6 0
Tennessee Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
D. Sampson 13 62 4.8 1
J. Small 11 34 3.1 1
H. Hooker 4 28 7.0 0
J. Milton III 3 23 7.7 0
J. Wright 6 19 3.2 0
P. Fant 2 12 6.0 2
T. Jackson 2 9 4.5 0
J. Williams-Thomas 3 9 3.0 0
P. Wilk 2 6 3.0 0
UT Martin Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
C. Dowell 7 112 16.0 0
E. Smoot 7 89 12.7 0
G. Qualls Jr. 5 66 13.2 2
D. Tanksley 3 18 6.0 0
S. Franklin 2 13 6.5 0
Z. Roberts 1 8 8.0 0
D. Nelson 1 8 8.0 0
R. Fields Jr. 1 3 3.0 0
Z. Wallace 1 0 0.0
0
Tennessee Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Hyatt 7 174 24.9 2
S. White 5 122 24.4 1
R. Keyton 5 76 15.2 2
W. Merrill 2 41 20.5 0
J. Holiday 1 38 38.0 0
H. Salmon 1 17 17.0 0
J. Small 1 9 9.0 0
B. McCoy 2 8 4.0 0
J. Jancek 1 5 5.0 0
G. Frerking 1 4 4.0 0
UT Martin Interceptions
Player Int Yards
T. Woods 1 19
Tennessee Interceptions
Player Int Yards
W. Wright 1 5
UT Martin Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
T. Larco 5 202 40.4
Tennessee Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
P. Brooks 2 56 28.0
UT Martin Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Tennessee Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Williams 4 49 12.3
UT Martin Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Tennessee Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Holiday 1 11 11.0
D. Slaughter 1 16 16.0
UT Martin Missed FG
Player Length
T. Larco 39
Tennessee Missed FG
Player Length
C. McGrath 46




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