After struggling to shake off the pesky Akron Zips on Saturday, the Vols finally manned up and put away the Kangaroos from Ohio in the 4th Quarter, 47-26. Tennessee actually outscored the Zips 24-3 in the 2nd half (shocking to most of us that follow the program closely). However, the Zips held the ball for over 11 minutes in the 3rd period, not allowing the Vols to touch the football. But, once the Vols got the football their depth and talent finally put away the Zips.
The Vols offense continued to roll over mediocre opponents, racking up 633 yards of total offense against Akron. Tyler Bray threw for 401 yards on 27-43 passing with 4 touchdowns while Raijon Neal had a big day rushing for 154 yards on 22 carries. Justin Hunter had another big day for the Vols, hauling in 8 catches for 115 yards and 1 touchdown.
Tennessee will need all of that plus more from their offense as they travel to Athens next week to take on the 5th ranked Georgia Bulldogs. The Vols haven’t defeated the Bulldogs since 2009 and their last win in Athens was in 2006. Tennessee’s defense must find a way to avoid the big play and give Tyler Bray a company a chance to execute their game plan or it could be another long day for the Volunteers.
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