KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Erik Ainge threw for four touchdowns and a career-high 334 yards to help Tennessee beat Arkansas State 48-27 Saturday night.
Lucas Taylor caught touchdown passes of 17 yards and 24 yards and LaMarcus Coker caught a 25-yarder and scored on a 2-yard run. Ainge completed 28 of 40 passes with an interception and Tennessee (2-2) rushed for a season-high 188 yards.
Corey Leonard threw for one touchdown and was 18-for-35 with 199 yards passing and two interceptions for Arkansas State (1-2). Josh Arauco kicked field goals of 44 and 37 yards.
Daniel Lincoln completed his seventh and eighth straight field goals of 29 and 39 yards, giving him the best season start for a Tennessee kicker in history.
Reggie Arnold, who had 130 yards rushing for Arkansas State, had a 1-yard TD run with 14:54 in the fourth quarter.
Robert Ayres doubled Tennessee's sack total for the season by bringing down Leonard twice. Brent Vinson and Marsalous Johnson each picked him off.
Tennessee's defense, entered the game ranked 102nd nationally, gave up 377 yards, Arkansas State's lowest total this season.
For the first time this season, Tennessee scored before its opponent. Taylor broke a tackle to stretch into the end zone after catching Ainge's 17-yard pass to put the Vols up 7-0 with 12:11 in the first quarter.
Arkansas State cut made it 17-14 in the second quarter when Tyrell Johnson intercepted Ainge's pass intended for Chris Brown and ran it back 54 yards for a touchdown.
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