Scores

Final

UAB 3

(0-3, 0-1 C-USA)

Tennessee 35

(1-1, 1-0 home)

12:30 PM ET, September 13, 2008

Neyland Stadium, KNOXVILLE, TN

1 2 3 4 T
UAB 0 0 3 03
TENN 14 0 14 735

Top Performers

Passing: J. Crompton (TENN) - 240 YDS, 2 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: L. Creer (LT) - 8 CAR, 93 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: L. Taylor (TENN) - 9 REC, 132 YDS

Tennessee gets back on track with big win vs. UAB

Associated Press

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Jonathan Crompton threw for 240 yards and two touchdowns to lead Tennessee to a 35-3 win over UAB on Saturday.

The Volunteers (1-1) erased bad memories of a poor offensive effort at UCLA two weeks ago before entering the toughest stretch of their Southeastern Conference schedule.

Crompton completed 19 of 31 passes and threw two interceptions before being replaced by backup Nick Stephens late in the fourth quarter.

UAB (0-3) gave Tennessee a short field to set up the Vols' first touchdown. Crompton rolled out of the pocket and tossed a 20-yard pass to Gerald Jones in the left corner of the end zone to put Tennessee up 7-0 with 4:35 in the first quarter.

A 48-yard pass from Crompton to Lucas Taylor cut the field in half in the Vols' subsequent drive. That set up another connection from Crompton to Jones on a 14-yard TD pass to put Tennessee up 14-0.

Taylor led the Vols with 132 yards on nine catches. Arian Foster ran 12 times for 100 yards and Lennon Creer added 93 yards rushing and touchdown runs of 45 yards and 3 yards.

Kevin Sanders picked off Crompton at the UAB 43 to help set up a 47-yard field goal by Swayze Waters with 9:35 in the third quarter.

The Vols responded with an 80-yard drive highlighted by a 31-yard Foster run and a 22-yard connection between Crompton and Foster. Montario Hardesty ran 2 yards for to put the Vols up 21-3 with 7:08 in the third quarter.

UAB moved into scoring position but Joe Webb threw an interception to Eric Berry at the goal line 4:25 before halftime. Three plays later, Crompton gave the ball back to the Blazers on an interception to Marquis Coleman, but Webb was sacked and UAB was out of scoring range.

Webb finished 19-for-34 for 167 yards and three interceptions, and also ran for 78 yards. Frantrell Forrest caught eight passes for 83 yards.

The Blazers were called for nine penalties for 79 yards. The UAB defense, ranked 117th of 118 Football Bowl Subdivision teams for total defense, had little success stopping the Vols, who rolled up 548 yards.

The Vols had an announced attendance of only 98,205 -- well below the 102,038 capacity. Many of the empty seats were located in the section belonging to the students, who were charged for tickets for the first time this season.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UAB
TENN
1st Downs1425
Total Yards275548
Passing167282
Rushing108266
Penalties9-798-65
3rd Down Conversions3-127-13
4th Down Conversions0-11-2
Turnovers32
Possession28:4631:14

Passing Leaders

UABC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Webb19/341674.903
TennesseeC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Crompton19/312407.722

Rushing Leaders

UABCARYDSAVGTDLG
Webb14785.6023
Slaughter8212.6014
TennesseeCARYDSAVGTDLG
Foster121008.3031
Creer89311.6245

Receiving Leaders

UABRECYDSAVGTDLG
Forrest88310.4030
Anderson22814.0023
TennesseeRECYDSAVGTDLG
Taylor913214.7048
Warren24824.0042

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUABTENN
TD04:35Gerald Jones 20 Yd Pass From Jonathan Crompton (Daniel Lincoln Kick) 07
TD01:05Gerald Jones 14 Yd Pass From Jonathan Crompton (Daniel Lincoln Kick) 014
THIRD QUARTERUABTENN
FG09:35Swayze Waters 47 Yd 314
TD07:08Montario Hardesty 6 Yd Run (Daniel Lincoln Kick) 321
TD01:41Lennon Creer 45 Yd Run (Daniel Lincoln Kick) 328
FOURTH QUARTERUABTENN
TD10:50Lennon Creer 3 Yd Run (Daniel Lincoln Kick) 335