Vols enjoy first win but Petrino is coming to town!!!

It is going to be a great game tomorrow and I am betting on Petrino’s Western Kentucky team to make it close into the 4th quarter. It will not be a 61-7 blow out like it was 4 years ago.  Below is  a look at how that game turned out back when Lane Kiffin was the coach back in 2009.

W Kentucky 7

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Tennessee 63

(1-0, 1-0 home)

12:21 PM ET, September 5, 2009

Neyland Stadium, KNOXVILLE, TN

1 2 3 4 T
WKU 0 0 7 0 7
TENN 0 28 7 28 63

Top Performers

Passing: J. Crompton (TENN) – 233 YDS, 5 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: M. Hardesty (TENN) – 18 CAR, 160 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: M. Teague (TENN) – 6 REC, 86 YDS, 1 TD

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin’s tenure on Rocky Top is off to a smooth start.

Jonathan Crompton threw five touchdown passes Saturday, leading the Volunteers to a 63-7 rout of Football Bowl Subdivision newcomers Western Kentucky and their largest margin of victory in nine years.


Kiffin On Point

Tennessee earned its largest margin of victory since a 70-3 win over Louisiana-Monroe in 2000. Its 63 points was also the most points scored in a coach’s debut in Vols history.

Most Points Scored
Tennessee Head Coach Debut
2009 Lane Kiffin W, 63-7
1993 Phillip Fulmer W, 50-0
1963 Jim McDonald W, 34-6
1916 John Bender W, 33-0
1941 John Barnhill W, 32-6
1907 George Levene W, 30-0


“This is the way that we expect to play,” Kiffin said. “We have high expectations here. I just talked to them about understanding that was one game and it’s over. We’ve got to find a way to play better next week.”

In its first two drives, Tennessee looked as if it hadn’t learned much under Kiffin, the youngest active coach in the division. Crompton threw a pass over the middle that was easily tipped by Thomas Majors and intercepted by Jamal Forrest, and Montario Hardesty fumbled after a hard hit.

The Vols settled down after the first quarter, and Hardesty carried for 18 and 22 yards to help set up a 2-yard touchdown run by freshman Bryce Brown early in the second quarter.


Low: Kiffin Era Begins

The Lane Kiffin era kicked off Saturday with a 63-7 massacre that produced more fireworks over the Tennessee River than were shot off all of last season, writes Chris Low. Blog
• SEC blog


Bobby Rainey fumbled on the Hilltoppers’ next play, and LaMarcus Thompson recovered for Tennessee. Crompton connected with Luke Stocker on his first of two TD catches to make it 14-0 only 7 seconds later.

“We played one quarter of decent football, and then I think for the next three quarters were physically dominated,” Western Kentucky coach Dave Elson said.

Tennessee’s defense looked every bit the stalwart it was in 2008, while the offense found the composure it was missing in last year’s 5-7 season. Running backs broke through the line of scrimmage, wide receivers ran sound routes and Crompton threw accurately.

“We really just tried to get our personality as a team on film. We wanted to be physical but smart. The game we just played is part of our resume, and we want to build that resume and send it out to our opponents,” Vols safety Eric Berry said.

The receiving corps hardly looked depleted by injuries, with Stocker, Marsalis Teague, Quintin Hancock and Brandon Warren each catching scoring strikes.

Crompton, who was pulled with 12:26 left in the game, finished 21 of 28 with two picks, and his five TD passes was one more than his output last season. Hardesty finished with 160 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries, and Brown had 104 yards rushing and a touchdown on 11 attempts.

The Hilltoppers couldn’t capitalize on the early turnovers and had minus-21 yards after their first 19 plays. Tennessee finished with 657 yards compared to Western Kentucky’s 83.

Rainey had the Hilltoppers’ only score on a 19-yard run with 2:41 in the third quarter that made it 35-7.

The win was the Vols’ easiest since a 70-3 victory over Louisiana-Monroe in 2000. Their 380 yards rushing were the most since 2004.

The Vols were also joined by former Vols and current Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, who before the game announced a $1 million gift for a new athletic training center.

Though the attendance in the 100,011-capacity Neyland Stadium only reached 98,761, the fans turned out in droves as Kiffin and the Vols made the traditional “Vol Walk” from their buses to the stadium before the game.

“I really had to make sure that I did not go up and down today, because that’s what I talked about with our team a long time last night — dealing with the emotions of a wonderful scene like the Vol Walk, a wonderful event like running through the ‘T’ and playing in front of 100,000 people,” Kiffin said.

Vols enjoy opening win, but Petrino is coming to town

September 1st, 2013 8:49 pm by Trey Williams

Vols enjoy opening win, but Petrino is coming to town

Smiling Tennessee fans filing out of Neyland Stadium just ahead of awesome lightning strikes Saturday night were already charged up by coach Butch Jones’ debut — a 45-0 win against Austin Peay.
So was Jones, whose young Volunteers were penalty-free and executing offense at a fast tempo.
But there’s no rest for the rebuilding.
“I’m already thinking about Western Kentucky,” Jones said about five minutes in to his post-game press conference. “We’ll enjoy this one tonight but the more you win, the more is at stake. We’re going to be challenged by a really good football team coming in here.”
Western Kentucky is coached by Bobby Petrino. And while Tennessee was fruitlessly pursuing Charlie Strong and Mike Gundy, if not Jon Gruden, to succeed Derek Dooley after last season, many Tennessee football fans were matter-of-factly stating their desire to see Petrino become the next Vols football coach.
Taking Louisville and Arkansas to the top 10, they contended, trumped any stunts with the Atlanta Falcons or former Arkansas volleyball players.
Certainly, the Western Kentucky faithful feels that way today. The Hilltoppers beat fellow basketball school Kentucky for the second straight season in Petrino’s opener Saturday night, and they’ll try to improve to 2-0 in the SEC East when they visit Tennessee (1-0) on Saturday at 12:21 p.m. (WCYB).
WKU quarterback Brandon Doughty was 27 of 34 for 271 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions, and the balanced ’Toppers diced up new Kentucky coach Mark Stoops’ defense for 487 yards.
“The things and the knowledge he (Petrino) knows is absolutely crazy,” Doughty said to reporters after the game. “He will come to the sideline and be like, ‘Hey, they are going to be in this. Throw to this guy because he is going to be open, I promise.’ It’s an unbelievable experience. To see it work live, 1s-on-1s against Kentucky is awesome.”
Of course, WKU w ill have more crowd noise to deal with in Knoxville than it heard against the Wildcats at Nashville’s LP Field.
The Vols’ Jones continues to grasp the magnitude of UT football’s popularity. He said the 39,000 that turned out for an August scrimmage helped all of his youngsters in front of the 97,000 that showed up for Saturday’s glorified scrimmage.
“I’d like to thank our student body,” Jones said. “We can’t do it without them. We talk about making Neyland a home field advantage. Over 10,000 of our students here. I greatly appreciate them and we’re going to need them even more as we continue to move on.”
Indeed, Tennessee’s green secondary will have its hands full against Petrino and company. True freshman Cameron Sutton started at cornerback for the Vols, and another true freshman, Dobyns-Bennett graduate Malik Foreman, played a lot at cornerback. Foreman gave up a couple of plays early, but made an interception in the red zone late.
“They are very, very young and inexperienced but talented,” Jones said. “They are extremely competitive. They have great competitive character. I think that showed in Malik Foreman. Again, as we move forward we will be tested even more.”
Foreman’s former D-B teammate Devaun Swafford is another true freshman defensive back that played a lot Saturday for the inexperienced Vols.
So beating Petrino will be a test. At this stage, it’d certainly qualify as a quality victory for Jones’ Vols.
Petrino might have inherited as much talent as Jones. He got the job because predecessor Willie Taggart was hired at South Florida after leading the Hilltoppers to a bowl last season.
Austin Peay punter Ben Campbell, a Science Hill alum that played against Western Kentucky and Virginia Tech last season, said the Hilltoppers and Hokies were similarly talented. The scoreboards agreed. Western defeated Peay 49-10 and the Hokies beat it 42-7.
Regardless of Saturday’s scoreboard in Neyland, Jones appears to be a good fit for a lengthy stay in Knoxville. As for Petrino, fans of many BCS programs will probably be urging athletic directors to hire him 3-4 months from now.

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