GAMEDAY College Football

Tennessee 63, Akron 6

(AP Photo/Wade Payne)

By AL LESAR
Associated Press

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Jalin Hyatt caught five passes for 166 yards and two touchdowns to lead No. 15 Tennessee to a 63-6 victory over Akron.

Hyatt had scoring passes of 57 and 48 yards in the first half as the Volunteers (3-0) jumped to a 35-0 lead over the Zips (1-2).

Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker threw for 251 yards and two scores in the first 30 minutes and finished with 298 yards. Hooker extended his streak of games with a TD pass to 15, three behind school leader Heath Shuler.

In an effort to focus on the run game, the Vols had 165 first-half rushing yards before substituting freely in the second half. Jaylin Wright led the way with 96 yards and two TDs.

Akron's best chance for a TD in the first half came with second-and-goal on the 5 when Daniel George fumbled on an end around.

EARLY EXITS

Two key Tennessee offensive players - running back Jabari Small (right arm) and receiver Cedric Tillman (left knee) - left the game in the first half with injuries. Freshman Dylan Sampson filled in for Small and scored twice. Tennessee coach Josh Heupel didn't think they would be significant injuries. ... Vols receiver Jimmy Calloway was ejected in the third quarter when he threw at least five punches at an Akron defender.

FANS BUY IN

For the first time since Oklahoma in 2015, Tennessee sold out a nonconference game. The Vols will have two sellouts in a row when 101,915 will cram Neyland Stadium next Saturday for the Florida game.

TAKEAWAY

Akron: Zips coach Joe Moorhead is convinced that the team can find positives in the lopsided losses the last two weeks (Michigan State and Tennessee), but they have to be ready to pick on someone their own size for a change.

Tennessee: The efficient victory gave the Vols an opportunity to work through some of the concerns from the win over Pitt before they tangle with Florida next week.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter AkronTenn
Tenn TD 8:39 Jaylen Wright 2 yard TD run (Chase McGrath Extra Point) 0 7
Tenn TD 5:52 Dylan Sampson 9 yard TD run (Chase McGrath Extra Point) 0 14
Second Quarter AkronTenn
Tenn TD 14:40 Jalin Hyatt 57 yard TD pass from Hendon Hooker (Chase McGrath Extra Point) 0 21
Tenn TD 6:47 Dylan Sampson 11 yard TD run (Chase McGrath Extra Point) 0 28
Tenn TD 0:56 Jalin Hyatt 48 yard TD pass from Hendon Hooker (Chase McGrath Extra Point) 0 35
Third Quarter AkronTenn
Tenn TD 10:15 Jaylen Wright 1 yard TD run (Chase McGrath Extra Point) 0 42
Akron FG 7:35 Noah Perez 35 yard field goal 3 42
Tenn TD 0:00 Ramel Keyton 57 yard TD pass from Joe Milton III (Chase McGrath Extra Point) 3 49
Fourth Quarter AkronTenn
Tenn TD 12:16 Walker Merrill 38 yard TD pass from Joe Milton III (Toby Wilson Extra Point) 3 56
Akron FG 6:22 Noah Perez 41 yard field goal 6 56
Tenn TD 0:59 Tayven Jackson 1 yard TD run (Toby Wilson Extra Point) 6 63
Team Stats
  Akron Tennessee
First downs 23 29
  Rushing 3 14
  Passing 15 11
  Penalty 5 4
3rd Down Efficiency 1-13, 8% 7-13, 54%
4th down efficiency 0-0, -% 3-3, 100%
Rushes-Yards 24-34 45-238
Passing Yards 241 438
Return Yards 124 73
Completions-Attempts-Int 32-48-0 20-25-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 4-25 1-3
Punts 8 2
Fumbles Lost 1-1 0-0
Penalties - Yards 9-77 11-117
Akron Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
D. Irons 32 46 241 0 0
J. Undercuffler Jr. 0 1 0 0 0
Tennessee Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
H. Hooker 14 18 298 2 0
J. Milton III 4 5 112 2 0
T. Jackson 2 2 28 0 0
Akron Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Norrils 2 15 7.5 0
C. Price III 5 7 1.4 0
D. George 1 4 4.0 0
C. Wiley 7 4 0.6 0
D. Irons 9 4 0.4 0
Tennessee Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Wright 23 96 4.2 2
D. Sampson 8 57 7.1 2
H. Hooker 2 24 12.0 0
P. Wilk 4 24 6.0 0
J. Williams-Thomas 5 22 4.4 0
J. Small 2 14 7.0 0
T. Jackson 1 1 1.0 1
Akron Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
S. Jacques-Louis 9 103 11.4 0
T. Grimes Jr. 5 47 9.4 0
A. Adams 5 45 9.0 0
C. Wiley 8 23 2.9 0
D. George 2 21 10.5 0
J. Norrils 1 8 8.0 0
A. Williams Jr. 1 -1 -1.0 0
C. Price III 1 -5 -5.0 0
Tennessee Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Hyatt 5 166 33.2 2
R. Keyton 1 57 57.0 1
S. White 1 47 47.0 0
W. Merrill 2 46 23.0 1
P. Fant 2 23 11.5 0
J. Jancek 1 22 22.0 0
J. Calloway 2 20 10.0 0
J. Warren 1 17 17.0 0
C. Tillman 2 16 8.0 0
B. McCoy 1 9 9.0 0
H. Salmon 1 9 9.0 0
J. Holiday 1 6 6.0 0
Akron Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Tennessee Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Akron Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
N. Gettman 8 304 38.0
Tennessee Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
P. Brooks 2 85 42.5
Akron Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Tennessee Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
S. White 1 23 23.0
T. Flowers 1 4 4.0
Akron Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Grimes Jr. 2 37 18.5
B. Hester 2 63 31.5
S. Jacques-Louis 1 24 24.0
Tennessee Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Holiday 2 46 23.0
Akron Missed FG
Player Length
C. Smigel 40
Tennessee Missed FG
Player Length
C. McGrath 47




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