Vols Defeat UMass, 17-13
John Kelly rushed for
101 yards and Quinten Dormady threw for 187 yards as Tennessee held on
to defeat UMass 17-13 in front of a crowd of 95,324 at Neyland Stadium
on Saturday afternoon.
Tennessee (3-1, 0-1 SEC) got off to a slow
start in the opening quarter, but turned things up in the second
quarter by scoring two touchdowns to take a 14-6 lead into the half.
needed to get win number three, and we got win number three," said head
coach Butch Jones. "At the end of the day it's all about getting the
victory, but the performance was just flat out unacceptable and we'll
get back to work tonight and we will work to correct it."
Vols got on the board first when Kelly scored his sixth touchdown of
the season with a 12-yard run, which was set up by a 66-yard
pass—Tennessee's longest play from scrimmage this season—from Dormady
to Brandon Johnson. Kelly's score gave the Vols a 7-0 lead in the
UMass (0-5) followed up the Vols' opening
score with one of its own, as quarterback Ross Comis ran it in from
five yards out to cap a five-play, 75-yard drive. The Minutemen missed
the ensuing PAT to keep the Vols on top, 7-6.
the Vols on the board again before the end of the half, when he hit
Tyler Byrd for a touchdown in the back corner of the end zone to give
Tennessee a 14-6 lead at the half.
Kelly rushed for 80
yards in the first half, while Dormady threw for 154 yards with one
touchdown. Tennessee also was 5-for-9 on third downs and had 261 yards
of total offense at the break.
The Big Orange defense held
the Minutemen to just 161 yards of total offense in the first half and
sacked quarterback Andrew Ford twice. UMass converted just two third
downs in the first half.
"I did think our defense really
stepped up with we needed it," said Jones. "We forced 10 punts and had
seven sacks and thought they changed the line of scrimmage toward the
end of the game."
Tennessee's Aaron Medley got the scoring
going in the second half when he kicked a season-long 40-yard field
goal to cap a six-play, 18-yard drive as Tennessee extended the lead to
The Minutemen countered, as they took their second
drive of the half 75 yards in 4:41 before a 13-yard touchdown pass from
Ford to Sadiq Palmer cut UT's lead to 17-13.
defense buckled down and held on to preserve the Vols' perfect home
record, holding the Minutemen to just 281 yards of total offense. UMass
finished 3-for-14 on third-down conversion attempts and failed to
convert on fourth-down.
Tennessee also had seven sacks, 12
TFLs and broke up six passes. The Vols' seven sacks were their most
since recording seven against Vanderbilt on Nov. 22, 2008. UT's top
tackler on the day was Quart'e Sapp, who recorded nine stops.
Linebacker Colton Jumper logged 3.5 TFLs, including 2.5 sacks.
Tennessee offense, led by Dormady and Kelly, finished the day with 319
total yards—with 184 of those coming in the air. Johnson finished with
career-highs for receptions (seven) and receiving yards (123).
Kelly's 101 yards on the ground marked his second 100-yard rushing game this season.
Tennessee punter Trevor Daniel finished the game with and averaged 48.9 yards on eight punts.
The Big Orange host Georgia next Saturday at Neyland Stadium. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. ET.