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    Vols Down Wolfpack, 35-21 in Season Opener

    Associated Press Photo

    By Tim Letcher
    Twitter: @TimLetcher
    SEC Digital Network



    ATLANTA, Ga. - Tyler Bray passed for 332 yards and a pair of touchdowns as Tennessee downed N.C. State 35-21 in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic at the Georgia Dome on Friday evening.

    The Volunteers (1-0) exploded for 22 points in the first quarter, beginning with a 41-yard touchdown pass from Bray to Cordarrell Patterson, making it 6-0. N.C. State answered with a two-yard touchdown run by Tony Creecy to take a 7-6 lead.

    Tennessee then scored three times in the last 1:07 of the period. Bray hit Zach Rogers with a 72-yard scoring pass, the Vol defense recorded a safety to make it 15-7, and Patterson scored again, this time on a 67-yard rush, making it 22-7.

    Patterson, playing in his first game at Tennessee, caught six passes for 93 yards, and added 72 yards on a pair of carries.

    Statistical Leaders:


    Passing - Tyler Bray, 27-41, 322 yards, 2 TD
    Rushing - Marlin Lane, 9 carries, 75 yards
    Receiving - Cordarrelle Patterson, 6 receptions, 93 yards, 1 TD

    N.C. State

    Passing - Mike Glennon, 27-46, 287 yards, 1 TD, 4 INT
    Rushing - Mustafa Greene, 11 carries, 53 yards
    Receiving - Quintin Payton, 4 receptions, 129 yards