GAMEDAY College Football

Tennessee 56, Tennnessee Tech 0

By AL LESAR
Associated Press

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Hendon Hooker threw for 199 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another, and the Volunteer defense came up with four interceptions in a 56-0 rout of the Golden Eagles (0-3).

Hooker made his first start at quarterback for Tennessee (2-1) in place of Joe Milton, who started the Vols' first two games. He was sidelined with a lower leg injury in the second quarter of last week's loss to Pittsburgh. Heupel said Milton was able to practice "mid-week" this week, and should be ready for next week.

"It was a pretty good showing," said Hooker, a grad transfer from Virginia Tech. "I have to clean up some things in my intermediate game."

"(Hooker) was decisive and accurate at times," said Tennessee coach Josh Heupel. "The turnover (a fumble) can't happen."

Tennessee Tech went through three quarterbacks. The Golden Eagles generated just 179 yards of offense.

"I am very proud of our Golden Eagle team," said Tennessee Tech coach Dewayne Alexander. "They played hard. The biggest challenge I gave our team was to play with Golden Eagle pride and play hard all four quarters, stay competitive and compete every single play. I thought our guys did that.

"You can't turn the ball over the way we did. It's something we have done three games in a row, turned the football over in our territory. Giving any team a short field is going to be tough," Alexander said.

Tennessee's high-octane offense ran just 79 plays, a far cry from the 94 it ran against Bowling Green in the opener.

"Our pace isn't anywhere near where it's capable of being," Heupel said. "We can be cleaner in the run game (202 yards). We're not maximizing things at the running back position.

Hooker, Tiyon Evans, Jaylen Wright and backup quarterback Harrison Bailey all ran for Tennessee touchdowns. Velus Jones, Javonta Payton and Jacob Warren caught TD passes. Solon Page ran back an interception 31 yards for a score.

Tennessee athletics press release


Scoring Summary
First Quarter TnTechTenn
Tenn TD 10:50 JaVonta Payton 29 yd pass from Hendon Hooker (Chase McGrath kick) 0 7
Tenn TD 4:47 Jaylen Wright 1 yd run (Chase McGrath kick) 0 14
Second Quarter TnTechTenn
Tenn TD 12:13 Velus Jones Jr. 45 yd pass from Hendon Hooker (Chase McGrath kick) 0 21
Tenn TD 0:49 Jacob Warren 1 yd pass from Hendon Hooker (Chase McGrath kick) 0 28
Third Quarter TnTechTenn
Tenn TD 8:47 Hendon Hooker 1 yd run (Chase McGrath kick) 0 35
Tenn TD 8:37 Solon Page III 31 yd interception return (Chase McGrath kick) 0 42
Tenn TD 3:38 Tiyon Evans 1 yd run (Chase McGrath kick) 0 49
Fourth Quarter TnTechTenn
Tenn TD 7:35 Harrison Bailey 2 yd run (JT Carver kick) 0 56
Team Stats
  Tennessee Tech Tennessee
First downs 10 24
  Rushing 4 10
  Passing 5 10
  Penalty 1 4
3rd Down Efficiency 4-17, 24% 4-13, 31%
4th down efficiency 0-1, 0% 4-5, 80%
Rushes-Yards 28-35 47-202
Passing Yards 144 215
Return Yards 29 135
Completions-Attempts-Int 17-36-4 20-32-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 4--32 1--2
Punts 8 4
Punts-Average 38.6 38.5
Fumbles Lost 0-0 2-1
Penalties - Yards 10-107 3-35
Time of Possession 34:26 25:34
Tennessee Tech Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
D. Martin 10 14 93 0 1
D. Shanley 5 10 33 0 2
W. Miller 2 10 18 0 1
D. Gist 0 1 0 0 0
M. Fleming 0 1 0 0 0
Tennessee Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
H. Hooker 17 25 199 3 0
H. Bailey 3 7 16 0 0
Tennessee Tech Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
W. Miller 10 30 3.0 0
D. Gist 7 15 2.1 0
J. Brown 3 7 2.3 0
D. Shanley 1 0 0.0 0
M. Fleming 1 -7 -7.0 0
D. Martin 6 -10 -1.7 0
Tennessee Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
H. Hooker 9 64 7.1 1
J. Wright 9 43 4.8 1
T. Evans 15 41 2.7 1
L. Whitehead 5 23 4.6 0
M. Pierce Jr. 5 23 4.6 0
H. Bailey 4 8 2.0 1
Tennessee Tech Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
Q. Cross 5 73 14.6 0
J. Brown 3 26 8.7 0
D. Gist 3 17 5.7 0
J. Oden 3 15 5.0 0
M. Fleming 1 8 8.0 0
A. Maples 1 7 7.0 0
H. Price 1 -2 -2.0 0
Tennessee Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
V. Jones Jr. 3 65 21.7 1
J. Payton 3 46 15.3 1
W. Merrill 4 40 10.0 0
J. Calloway 1 22 22.0 0
J. Warren 3 10 3.3 1
R. Keyton 1 10 10.0 0
P. Fant 1 7 7.0 0
A. Coby 1 5 5.0 0
J. Holiday 1 5 5.0 0
T. Evans 1 3 3.0 0
J. Wright 1 2 2.0 0
Tennessee Tech Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Tennessee Interceptions
Player Int Yards
S. Page III 1 31
A. Taylor 1 29
J. McCollough 1 16
T. McDonald 1 4
Tennessee Tech Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
H. Olsen 8 309 38.6
Tennessee Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
K. Morgan 4 154 38.5
Tennessee Tech Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Gilmore 1 -1 -1.0
Tennessee Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
V. Jones Jr. 3 32 10.7
W. Merrill 1 0 0
Tennessee Tech Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Gilmore 2 30 15.0
Tennessee Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
V. Jones Jr. 1 23 23.0
Tennessee Tech Missed FG
Player Length
D. Parker 41
Tennessee Missed FG
Player Length




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