The Tennessee Volunteers' first team did pretty much everything it wanted to do on both offense and defense for a half on its way to an eventual 45-0 win against Austin Peay tonight. In a nearly flawless performance, the Vols had 30 first downs and zero penalties, and the offense scored touchdowns on its first 6 drives. And did I mention there were zero penalties? Yes, I did, but I'm going to say it again. Zero. Penalties.
So the good news is that the Vols' first team utterly overwhelmed an FCS opponent. The bad news, if you care to think about it, is that the second team beat an FCS opponent 3-0.
Quarterback Justin Worley played the entire first half, and Nathan Peterman played the second with the second team. Worley went 11-13 for 104 yards and 3 TDs, and Peterman went 4-8 for 28 yards. Rajion Neal led all rushers with 141 yards, and Marquez North led all receivers with 33 yards on 3 catches.
On defense, Byron Moore led the way with five tackles, and both Daniel Hood and Malik Foreman had interceptions.
We'll have more tomorrow, but for now, this is your celebration thread. Yes, it was Austin Peay, and yes, the second half was nothing special. But the first team looked pretty darn good in the first half, didn't it?