Scores

Final

Tennessee 50

(3-6, 1-3 away)

Memphis 14

(1-8, 1-4 home)

8:00 PM ET, November 6, 2010

Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, TN

1 2 3 4 T
TENN 13 27 10 050
MEM 7 0 0 714

Top Performers

Passing: T. Bray (TENN) - 325 YDS, 5 TD

Rushing: T. Poole (TENN) - 16 CAR, 101 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: M. Rucker (MEM) - 5 REC, 76 YDS, 2 TD

Freshman QB Tyler Bray leads Tennessee in rout of Memphis

Associated Press

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Freshman quarterback Tyler Bray, starting his first game for Tennessee, threw for 325 yards and five touchdowns Saturday night to lead the Volunteers to a 50-14 victory over Memphis.

The victory snapped a four-game losing streak for Tennessee (3-6), which was never threatened after the first quarter. Bray, who took over the helm last week from junior Matt Simms, picked apart the young Memphis secondary from the start.

Tauren Poole rushed for 101 yards, and scored twice -- once on a 21-yard run and another on a 9-yard pass from Bray.

The Vols would end the night with 510 yards of offense, including 379 through the air. The 50 points matched Tennessee's largest scoring output of the season.

Memphis (1-8) lost its sixth straight. It marked the fifth straight game where the Tigers, ranked 118th out of 120 teams in scoring defense, have surrendered at least 40 points.

Memphis actually led 7-0 after scoring on a 4-yard pass from Ryan Williams to Marcus Rucker on the Tigers' first possession. Rucker would catch another touchdown pass from Williams late in the fourth quarter, this time for 38 yards.

Williams connected on 18 of 27 passes for 221 yards on the night.

The bulk of Bray's statistics came in the first half as he completed 17 of 28 passes for 308 yards and all five of his touchdown passes.

That helped the Vols carry a 40-7 lead into halftime.

And the Tigers were just as pitiful on both sides of the ball as the score indicated.

Tennessee already had 398 yards of offense at the break. Bray was spreading out the scoring passes, hitting Poole and Justin Hunter (42 yards) for touchdowns in the first quarter.

The second quarter scoring passes were to Denarius More (14 yards), Da'Rick Rogers (22 yards) and Gerald Jones (9 yards). Michael Palardy added field goals of 24 and 32 yards for Tennessee, which scored on every possession. except its first, in the half.

The Vols held the Tigers to 117 yards of offense, including only 8 yards rushing in the first half. Memphis finished the game with 308 yards of total offense.

Midway through the third quarter, Simms replaced Bray and was 3 of 5 for 54 yards.

In addition to Poole's 21-yard scoring run, Palardy added his third field goal of the night from 33 yards out in the second half.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
TENN
MEM
1st Downs2217
Total Yards509308
Passing379244
Rushing13064
Penalties5-294-31
3rd Down Conversions9-154-12
4th Down Conversions0-10-2
Turnovers15
Possession29:1130:49

Passing Leaders

TennesseeC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Bray19/333259.850
MemphisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Williams18/272218.222

Rushing Leaders

TennesseeCARYDSAVGTDLG
Poole161016.3127
Neal4143.509
MemphisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Ray14604.3020
Longstreet8263.3014

Receiving Leaders

TennesseeRECYDSAVGTDLG
Moore610317.2134
Jones56613.2126
MemphisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Rucker57615.2238
Longstreet34013.3029

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERTENNMEM
TD07:35Marcus Rucker 4 Yd Pass From Ryan Williams (Paulo Henriques Kick) 07
TD04:51Tauren Poole 9 Yd Pass From Tyler Bray (Pat Failed) 67
TD00:55Justin Hunter 42 Yd Pass From Tyler Bray (Michael Palardy Kick) 137
SECOND QUARTERTENNMEM
FG14:43Michael Palardy 24 Yd 167
TD09:34Denarius Moore 14 Yd Pass From Tyler Bray (Michael Palardy Kick) 237
TD05:51Da'Rick Rogers 22 Yd Pass From Tyler Bray (Michael Palardy Kick) 307
TD04:13Gerald Jones 9 Yd Pass From Tyler Bray (Michael Palardy Kick) 377
FG00:20Michael Palardy 32 Yd 407
THIRD QUARTERTENNMEM
TD05:49Tauren Poole 21 Yd Run (Michael Palardy Kick) 477
FG02:21Michael Palardy 33 Yd 507
FOURTH QUARTERTENNMEM
TD01:26Marcus Rucker 38 Yd Pass From Ryan Williams (Paulo Henriques Kick) 5014