Scores

Final

Austin Peay 0

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Tennessee 45

(1-0, 1-0 home)

Coverage: GamePlan

6:00 PM ET, August 31, 2013

Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, TN

1 2 3 4 T
PEAY 0 0 0 00
TENN 21 21 3 045

Top Performers

Passing: J. Worley (TENN) - 104 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: R. Neal (TENN) - 16 CAR, 141 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: D. Clack (PEAY) - 3 REC, 80 YDS

Tennessee rips Austin Peay 45-0 in Jones' debut

Associated Press

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Rajion Neal rushed for 141 yards and Justin Worley threw three touchdown passes Saturday as Tennessee began Butch Jones' coaching tenure with a 45-0 rout of Austin Peay.

Neal and Worley sat out the entire third and fourth quarters after the Volunteers scored touchdowns on each of their six first-half possessions. Worley went 11 of 13 for 104 yards and threw touchdown passes to Devrin Young, Alton "Pig" Howard and Brendan Downs. Neal opened the scoring with a career-long 47-yard touchdown.

Jones was hired away from Cincinnati in December to turn around a storied program that has produced three straight losing seasons for the first time in over a century. Jones replaced Derek Dooley, who was fired after going 15-21 in three years.

He already is making an impact in the stands. Jones' debut had an announced attendance of 97,169. Tennessee drew 87,821 fans for its home opener against Georgia State last year and had an average attendance of 89,965, its lowest since 1979.

Tennessee's one-sided victory gave those fans plenty of reason for optimism, though it did come against a Football Championship Subdivision program that has lost 17 consecutive road games. Austin Peay hasn't won away from home since beating Tennessee State 26-23 on Sept. 18, 2010.

Jones' team will face much tougher tests soon enough. Five of Tennessee's first eight games are against teams ranked 10th or higher in the Top 25: No. 1 Alabama, No. 3 Oregon, No. 5 Georgia, No. 6 South Carolina and No. 10 Florida.

Neal started the scoring with his 47-yard burst on Tennessee's opening series. The senior running back shook loose of defensive end Trey Salisbury in the backfield, raced toward the left sideline and stayed upright when free safety Johnathan Shuler pushed him in the back inside the 10-yard line.

On Austin Peay's ensuing possession, senior nose tackle Daniel Hood deflected and caught an Andrew Spivey pass for his first career interception, giving Tennessee the ball at Austin Peay's 25-yard line. The turnover set up a 14-yard touchdown run up the middle on Marlin Lane's first carry of the season. Lane would add a 4-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.

Austin Peay never recovered. Tennessee outgained Austin Peay 188-15 in the first quarter and already led 21-0 by the time the Governors got a first down. Tennessee didn't punt until midway through the third quarter and didn't commit a penalty all night.

Devrin Young capped Tennessee's third drive of the game by scoring his first career touchdown on a 9-yard pass from Worley, who was falling backward as he released the ball. Worley threw touchdown passes of 11 yards to Alton "Pig" Howard and 3 yards to tight end Brendan Downs in the second quarter.

Tennessee earned its 800th victory in program history and became the eighth school in the nation to reach that plateau. The others are Michigan, Texas, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Alabama.

SPONSORED HEADLINES

Team Stat Comparison

 
PEAY
TENN
1st Downs1130
Total Yards211447
Passing132132
Rushing79315
Penalties9-850-0
3rd Down Conversions2-127-11
4th Down Conversions2-20-0
Turnovers21
Possession29:4430:16

Passing Leaders

Austin PeayC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Spivey11/22944.301
TennesseeC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Worley11/131048.030

Rushing Leaders

Austin PeayCARYDSAVGTDLG
Phillips8384.8012
Sexton7253.608
TennesseeCARYDSAVGTDLG
Neal161418.8147
Summerhill9677.4015

Receiving Leaders

Austin PeayRECYDSAVGTDLG
Clack38026.7035
Coleman3206.7010
TennesseeRECYDSAVGTDLG
North33311.0023
Howard3299.7113

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERPEAYTENN
TD12:43Rajion Neal 47 Yd Run (Michael Palardy Kick) 07
TD10:50Marlin Lane 14 Yd Run (Michael Palardy Kick) 014
TD06:20Devrin Young 9 Yd Pass From Justin Worley (Michael Palardy Kick) 021
SECOND QUARTERPEAYTENN
TD14:46A Howard 11 Yd Pass From Justin Worley (Michael Palardy Kick) 028
TD06:56Marlin Lane 4 Yd Run (Michael Palardy Kick) 035
TD00:53Brendan Downs 3 Yd Pass From Justin Worley (Michael Palardy Kick) 042
THIRD QUARTERPEAYTENN
FG13:02Michael Palardy 37 Yd 045