How the Vols scored vs. Western Kentucky
By David Cobb | (firstname.lastname@example.org)
University of Tennessee 52, Western Kentucky 20
WK 3 14 3 0 - 20
UT 24 7 14 7 - 52
WKU 7:55 – Garrett Schwettman 37 field goal
Tennessee shut down the WKU run game on the opening drive of the game, but a series of passes got the Hilltoppers into the red zone. Justin Coleman finally broke up a third-and-long pass to force Schwettman came onto the field to open the scoring.
14 plays | 75 yards | 7:05 | 3-0
UT 4:24 – Justin Coleman 23 interception return (Michael Palardy kick)
A Palardy punt set WKU deep in its own territory for its second possession of the game. After earning some breathing room, WKU quarterback Brandon Doughty was picked by Justin Coleman on a ball that bounced off the hands of his intended receiver. Coleman ran it to the checkerboards to open UT’s scoring for the day. 7-3
UT 3:27 – Cameron Sutton 36 interception return (Palardy kick)
Sutton brought Tennessee’s second interception in under a minute to the house to incite Neyland Stadium and put the Vols ahead by two possessions. 14-3
UT 1:20 – Palardy 23 field goal
Western Kentucky’s third turnover in just over a minute led to Palardy’s field goal after a 20 yard pass from Justin Worley to Marquez North set up a first-and-goal.
5 plays | 22 yards | 1:52 | 17-3
UT 0:31 – Raijon Neal 1 run (Palardy kick)
A fourth turnover in four possessions fell gift-wrapped in the form of a fumble into the arms of UT safety Max Arnold. Neal capitalized on it by bouncing a run to the outside and stretching for the goal line.
2 plays | 12 yards | 0:32 | 24-3
UT 14:38 Marlin Lane 8 run (Palardy kick)
As the first quarter clock neared expiration, Tennessee forced its fifth turnover of the first quarter. This time it was Brent Brewer who snagged an interception to set up UT’s fifth score of the game.
3 plays | 22 yards | 0:39 | 31-3
WKU 6:47 Leon Allen 1 run (Schwettman kick)
The Hilltoppers managed to hang on to the football for an entire drive, showing signs of the offensive prowess they displayed on their opening drive. The score was set up by a 13 yard pass from Doughty to Allen.
9 plays | 80 yards | 3:10 | 31-10
WKU 0:23 – Nicholas Norris 6 pass from Brandon Doughty
Palardy had a punt blocked after UT failed to run the first half clock out, and WKU capitalized by punching in its second of two unanswered touchdowns to close the half.
2 plays | 8 yards | 0:11 | 31-17
UT 13:10 – Neal 1 run (Palardy)
Tennessee opened the second half by throwing up almost as many yards on one drive as it did in the first half. Worley found Johnathon Johnson for a 37 yard pickup and Neal finished it from there.
5 plays | 59 yards | 1:44 | 38-17
WKU 8:42 – Schwettman 33 field goal.
A sack by UT defensive end Jordan Williams on 3rd-and 10- ended WKU’s drive and forced Schwettman out for his second field goal of the game.
10 plays | 59 yards | 4:28 | 38-20
UT 5:59 – Neal 7 run (Palardy kick)
Neal barreled into the end zone for his third rushing touchdown of the day after the Vols drove easily for the second possession in a row. Worley completed two passes to freshman wide receiver Josh Smith on the series.
8 plays | 75 yards | 2:43 | 45-20
UT 9:56 – Brendan Downs 1 pass from Worley (Palardy kick)
The Vols put the final nail in Western Kentucky’s coffin when Worley tossed his first touchdown of the game. The score was set up by WKU’s seventh turnover of the game – an interception by Brian Randolph.
8 plays | 80 yards | 3:52 | 52-20