GAMEDAY College Football

Tennessee 59, Ball State 10

Associated Press

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Hendon Hooker threw for 222 yards and two touchdowns and ran for two more scores to lead Tennessee to a 59-10 season-opening victory over Ball State.

Hooker, in his second year as the Volunteers' starter after transferring from Virginia Tech, had 211 yards passing by halftime along with a 38-0 lead. Eight different receiver caught passes in the first 30 minutes. He was replaced by Joe Milton midway through the third quarter.

Jaylen Wright led the Tennessee ground game with 86 yards and a touchdown.

The Cardinals' bruising running back Carson Steele was limited to 27 yards on 11 carries.

Making his first career start at quarterback for Ball State, redshirt junior John Paddock threw for 269 yards and a TD.

The Vol defense came up with three turnovers - two interceptions and a fumble.

NUMBERS GAME

Hooker extended his streak of games with having thrown a touchdown pass to 13, tied with Tony Robinson (1984-85) for second all-time in Vols' history behind Heath Shuler's 18 (1992-94)... Hooker's two TD passes gave him 33 in his two-year career at Tennessee, 10th on the all-time list... Vols receiver Cedric Tillman had his streak of seven consecutive games with a touchdown reception come to an end. Tillman is Tennessee's all-time leader... Tennessee has scored 45 or more points in its last four games, tying a school record set in the last four games of the 1993 season.

THE TAKEAWAY

Ball State: The best thing to come out of Thursday night's game in renovated Neyland Stadium was the $1.5 million game check that will help the athletic department. The Cardinals, picked to finish last in the Mid-American Conference West Division can set their sights on improvement after the lopsided loss.

Tennessee: With the embarrassing 2019 season-opening loss to heavy underdog Georgia State still fresh in the minds of Volunteer fans, they were able to exhale when Tennessee, under second-year head coach Josh Heupel, showed it was focused and prepared. The Vols made positive strides that they will be able to take into next week's trip to play No. 17 Pittsburgh.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter BallStTenn
Tenn TD 14:37 Jalin Hyatt 23 yard TD pass from Hendon Hooker (Chase McGrath Extra Point) 0 7
Tenn FG 8:03 Chase McGrath 33 yard field goal 0 10
Tenn TD 4:02 Hendon Hooker 1 yard TD run (Chase McGrath Extra Point) 0 17
Second Quarter BallStTenn
Tenn TD 14:29 Hendon Hooker 3 yard TD run (Chase McGrath Extra Point) 0 24
Tenn TD 4:33 Jabari Small 7 yard TD run (Chase McGrath Extra Point) 0 31
Tenn TD 1:45 Walker Merrill 16 yard TD pass from Hendon Hooker (Chase McGrath Extra Point) 0 38
Third Quarter BallStTenn
Tenn TD 11:52 Jaylen Wright 3 yard TD run (Chase McGrath Extra Point) 0 45
BallSt TD 8:00 Tanner Koziol 3 yard TD pass from John Paddock (Ben VonGunten Extra Point) 7 45
Tenn TD 1:48 Dylan Sampson 2 yard TD run (Chase McGrath Extra Point) 7 52
Fourth Quarter BallStTenn
Tenn TD 13:04 Jimmy Holiday 53 yard TD pass from Joe Milton III (Chase McGrath Extra Point) 7 59
BallSt FG 2:55 Ben VonGunten 25 yard field goal 10 59
Team Stats
  Ball State Tennessee
First downs 18 35
  Rushing 5 13
  Passing 13 15
  Penalty 0 7
3rd Down Efficiency 5-14, 36% 5-13, 38%
4th down efficiency 0-2, 0% 3-3, 100%
Rushes-Yards 27-74 50-214
Passing Yards 269 356
Return Yards 78 21
Completions-Attempts-Int 27-43-2 28-36-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 0-0 1-1
Punts 6 2
Fumbles Lost 0-0 3-1
Penalties - Yards 12-78 6-49
Ball State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Paddock 27 43 269 1 2
Tennessee Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
H. Hooker 19 26 226 2 0
J. Milton III 8 9 113 1 0
G. Moore 1 1 17 0 0
Ball State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
C. Steele 11 27 2.5 0
V. Pemberton 4 21 5.3 0
R. Barfield 6 21 3.5 0
W. Jones 2 4 2.0 0
D. Marcus 3 1 0.3 0
J. Paddock 1 0 0.0 0
Tennessee Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Wright 13 88 6.8 1
J. Small 13 63 4.8 1
D. Sampson 10 32 3.2 1
J. Milton III 1 21 21.0 0
P. Wilk 4 14 3.5 0
H. Hooker 4 8 2.0 2
J. Williams-Thomas 3 6 2.0 0
T. Jackson 1 0 0.0 0
N. Shuler 1 -18 -18.0 0
Ball State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Jackson 5 65 13.0 0
Y. Tyler 5 62 12.4 0
A. Abdur-Rahman 5 42 8.4 0
W. Jones 2 35 17.5 0
T. Koziol 2 29 14.5 1
C. Steele 4 14 3.5 0
B. Hunt 2 10 5.0 0
D. Tate 1 8 8.0 0
R. Lezon 1 4 4.0 0
Tennessee Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
C. Tillman 7 74 10.6 0
J. Holiday 4 62 15.5 1
R. Keyton 4 57 14.3 0
B. McCoy 3 41 13.7 0
J. Hyatt 2 28 14.0 1
S. White 3 25 8.3 0
W. Merrill 2 21 10.5 1
D. Sampson 1 19 19.0 0
J. Jancek 1 17 17.0 0
J. Small 1 12 12.0 0
Ball State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Tennessee Interceptions
Player Int Yards
T. McDonald 1 5
K. Hadden 1 0
Ball State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
L. Borrow 5 205 41.0
C. Wyatt 1 16 16.0
Tennessee Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
P. Brooks 2 93 46.5
Ball State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Tennessee Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Ball State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. McCulley 2 42 21.0
N. Jones 1 9 9.0
A. Uzodinma II 1 27 27.0
Tennessee Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Holiday 2 16 8.0
Ball State Missed FG
Player Length
Tennessee Missed FG
Player Length




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