Cincinnati 23

(1-1, 0-1 away)

Tennessee 45

(2-0, 2-0 home)

Coverage: ESPN2

3:30 PM ET, September 10, 2011

Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, TN

1 2 3 4 T
CIN 14 0 3 623
TENN 14 14 14 345

Top Performers

Passing: T. Bray (TENN) - 405 YDS, 4 TD

Rushing: I. Pead (CIN) - 14 CAR, 155 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: J. Hunter (TENN) - 10 REC, 156 YDS, 1 TD

Tyler Bray throws 4 TDs, runs for another as Vols roll

Associated Press

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tyler Bray threw for a career-high 405 yards, passed for four touchdowns and ran for a fifth score as Tennessee cruised to a 45-23 win over Cincinnati on Saturday.

Bray completed 34 of 41 passes and bettered his previous career high of 354 yards as the Volunteers (2-0) got their first win over a nonconference BCS opponent in six tries.

Da'Rick Rogers caught two of the touchdown passes and had 100 yards receiving, and Justin Hunter added 156 yards receiving and a score.

Isaiah Pead led the Bearcats (1-1) with 155 yards rushing, DJ Woods had 111 yards receiving and Zach Collaros was 21 for 34 for 230 yards.

Both teams scored touchdowns on their first two drives. Bray found Rogers by himself on one side of the end zone for an 11-yard touchdown pass to give the Vols a 21-14 lead with 13:20 left before halftime that they wouldn't relinquish.

The pass, Bray's second TD throw of the game, marked the eighth consecutive game the sophomore has thrown multiple scoring strikes, eclipsing Peyton Manning's team record of seven games set in 1997.

The Vols held on to the momentum on the following drive, tackling Collaros for a loss of 6 yards after he dropped the ball in the backfield and they also stuffed Pead for a loss of a yard on fourth-and-1 at the Cincinnati 49.

After the teams traded punts and the Vols' Michael Palardy missed a 43-yard field goal attempt, Tennessee stopped the Bearcats again on fourth-and-1 by dropping Collaros for no gain. On the next drive, Bray found Rogers in the end zone again, this time in double coverage, and Rogers hung on to the ball while losing his helmet for a 15-yard touchdown catch with 1:15 in the second quarter.

Cincinnati marched down the field during the final minute of the half, but Hunter tipped a 47-yard field goal attempt by Tony Milano, and the Vols went into halftime with a 28-14 lead.

The Bearcats' frustrations continued after the break. Tennessee opened with a 10-play, 70-yard drive capped by a 1-yard touchdown run by Bray.

On the following drive, the Bearcats reached the Tennessee 1 on a 24-yard pass from Collaros to Kenbrell Thompkins, who had previously committed to Tennessee under former coach Lane Kiffin. The Vols kept them from getting any closer, and Cincinnati settled for a 23-yard field goal by Tony Milano to cut the margin to 35-17.

The Bearcats, who scored a Football Bowl Subdivision-leading 72 points in the opening week of the season, couldn't close the gap any more.

Pead, who had 104 yards rushing in the first quarter alone, ran 65 yards for a touchdown the first time he touched the ball, the third play of the game. Pead had a 40-yard touchdown run on the first play of the Bearcats' season opening 72-10 win over Austin Peay.

Tennessee coach Derek Dooley reached into his bag of tricks early in the game to keep pace with the Bearcats. Tennessee had answered a 65-yard touchdown run by Pead with a seven-play drive capped by a 2-yard touchdown run by Marlin Lane. Palardy attempted -- and recovered -- an onside kick, and the Vols scored five plays later on a 33-yard touchdown pass from Bray to Hunter.

But Dooley was still disappointed with the Vols' two turnovers on fumbles, the second which led to Cincinnati's final touchdown, a 4-yard pass from Collaros to Anthony McClung with 8:46 left in the game.


Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs1834
Total Yards396531
3rd Down Conversions5-1210-13
4th Down Conversions0-20-0

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Scoring Summary

TD13:24Isaiah Pead 65 Yd Run (Tony Miliano Kick) 70
TD09:53Marlin Lane 2 Yd Run (Michael Palardy Kick) 77
TD08:08Justin Hunter 33 Yd Pass From Tyler Bray (Michael Palardy Kick) 714
TD06:28Adrien Robinson 13 Yd Pass From Zach Collaros (Tony Miliano Kick) 1414
TD13:20Da'Rick Rogers 11 Yd Pass From Tyler Bray (Michael Palardy Kick) 1421
TD01:15Da'Rick Rogers 15 Yd Pass From Tyler Bray (Michael Palardy Kick) 1428
TD10:16Tyler Bray 1 Yd Run (Michael Palardy Kick) 1435
FG07:09Tony Miliano 23 Yd 1735
TD01:24Zach Rogers 16 Yd Pass From Tyler Bray (Michael Palardy Kick) 1742
TD08:46Anthony McClung 6 Yd Pass From Zach Collaros (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 2342
FG01:44Michael Palardy 37 Yd 2345