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By: Scott Crumbly
SEC Digital Network
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – After an emotional loss to division rival Florida last weekend, the Tennessee Volunteers were in danger of suffering a let-down against visiting Akron this Saturday. After a shaky first half, however, the Vols (3-1, 0-1 SEC) scored 24 in the final two quarters to cruise to a 47-26 win.
Behind a 401-yard, four touchdown effort from quarterback Tyler Bray, Tennessee exploited the Akron defense for 633 yards of total offense. Justin Hunter was on the same page with Bray throughout the evening, snagging 8 passes for 115 and a touchdown from the wide-out position. Zach Rodgers contributed as well, going for 72 yards on just three explosive receptions.
In the run game, Raijion Neal complemented Bray’s prolific aerial attack and finished the night with 151 yards on the ground for coach Derek Dooley. Zach Rodgers contributed as well, running for 72 yards on just three explosive carries.
The Tennessee defense was challenged in the early going, but the Vols’ D stepped up after the half and limited the Zips to just three second half points while notching three interceptions on the game.
Passing – Tyler Bray, 27-for-43, 401 yards, 4 TD, INT
Rushing – Raijion Neal, 22 car, 151 yards
Receiving – Justin Hunter, 8 rec, 115 yards, TD
Passing – Dalton Williams, 27-for-49, 229 yards, 3 INT
Rushing – Quentin Hines, 6 car, 76 yards, TD
Receiving – Marquelo Suel, 12 rec, 92 yards