UTAHST 0 0 0 7 7
TENNESSEE 14 3 7 14 38
Date of game: 8/31/2014

Recap: Tennessee vs. Utah State

Knoxville, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - Justin Worley threw three touchdown passes in the Tennessee Volunteers' 38-7 victory over the Utah State Aggies on Sunday.

Worley completed 27-of-38 passes for 273 yards for the Volunteers (1-0), who went 5-7 last season and posted a losing record for the fourth consecutive year. The senior quarterback missed Tennessee's final four games last season due to a thumb injury.

Marlin Lane carried the ball 11 times for 41 yards and a score for Tennessee, which has won 20 consecutive home openers.

Chuckie Keeton connected on 18-of-35 passes for 144 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions for the Aggies (0-1), who went 9-5 last season and beat Northern Illinois in the Poinsettia Bowl.

Keeton was off to an outstanding start in 2013, completing just shy of 70 percent of his passes for 1,388 yards, 18 touchdowns and just two interceptions to go with strong rushing stats (241 yards, two TDs), but he was lost for the season in early October with a knee injury.

Tennessee put the game away early. Josh Smith caught a 38-yard pass on the Volunteers' second possession of the game. That led to Pig Howard's 8-yard TD run.

Kennedy Williams fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Tennessee took over at the 12-yard line. Brendan Downs then caught a 12-yard touchdown pass from Worley to make it 14-0 with over nine minutes to play in the first quarter.

Tennessee kicker Aaron Medley made a 36-yard field goal with one minute left until the half.

Utah State kicker Jake Thompson missed a 48-yard field goal to start the second half. The Volunteers followed with a 13-play, 69-yard drive that Von Pearson capped with a 14-yard TD catch.

Tennessee outscored Utah State by a 14-7 margin in the fourth quarter.

Game Notes

Cal Poly schedule is an eye-opener

When Cal Poly announced its 2015 football schedule last summer, the Mustangs probably thought Idaho State might provide a breather in the first half of the season.

NASCAR News
Gordon joining Fox as full-time NASCAR analyst in 2016

Jeff Gordon will join Fox Sports in 2016 to serve as a race analyst full-time for the television network's coverage of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, as he will team with play-by-play announcer Mike Joy and analyst Darrell Waltrip in the booth.

Bills' Dareus suspended for opener

Buffalo Bills All-Pro defensive lineman Marcell Dareus has been suspended by the NFL for Week 1 of the 2015 season due to a prior arrest for drug possession.

Top Shelf: Babcock takes on biggest challenge yet

Although many folks experienced sticker shock when Mike Babcock's contract details leaked Wednesday afternoon, it's hardly surprising the coach ended up choosing the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Stay Connected with WDEF News 12
 
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.
Mobile advertising for this site is available on Local Ad Buy.