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Tennessee races to huge early lead against Memphis, coasts to 56-28 win

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Don't let the final score or total stats fool you. The Tennessee Volunteers 56-28 complete and utter beatdown of the Memphis Tigers was over long before the first half came to a close.

First half stats:

  • 382 yards total offense
  • 305 passing yards
  • 5 touchdowns from Jonathan Crompton
  • 18 first downs
  • Four trick plays, including a surprise onside kick that would have been successful if not for an offsides penalty
  • A 28-point second quarter
  • A 42-7 halftime lead

All of that allowed us Vol fans to see something we hadn't seen in years: an entire second half devoted to getting the backups real live reps, and a leisurely close to a game that had even the most knowledgeable of us crawling through the roster to see who was on the field. Just remind yourself that the buzz kill in the second half was because we are simply not used to being so far ahead that we burn game time preparing for next season.

And yes, it feels good.