KNOXVILLE -- Student fall break here in Knoxville so we're going to be well under capacity of 102,000 and changed. Like maybe 10,000-20,000 under. Still, quite the spectacle looking out at the sea of orange. Partly cloudy skies. Temperature's 54 degrees with 10 mph winds. This is the final nonconference game of the season for both teams. Tennessee comes in 2-1, having beaten Montana and Cincinnati and lost to Florida. Buffalo has lost two straigth, to Ball State (in the MAC) and UConn. After today the Bulls shift exclusively to MAC play beginning with next Saturday's visit by Ohio.
If first series is any indication is going to be tough going for Bulls on ground. Meanwhile, Vols already moving smartly downfield with passing game . . .
7-0 TENNESSEE: Raijon Neal untouched around the left side. Three plays, 48 yards.
Bulls moving . . . Anderson picks up season-high 21 on scramble to UT 43. It adds another dimension to offense when he's willing to take off with it. Drive ends up with punt. UT drive start on own 16 with 9:35 left.
14-0 TENNESSEE: Da'Rick Rogers takes a Bray pass from the 7 in front left corner of end zone after getting inside position on Cortney Lester. 3:53 left in quarter. Vols are just too fast. Lester had RB Tauren Poole contained on run around right side but Poole just exploded around the corner for 9 yards.
14-7 TENNESSEE: Anderson goes 68 yards straight up the gut after a play-action fake to Oliver. ... Bulls recover fumble on kickoff. Start at UT 21. Drive starts with sack that's on Anderson. Bulls end up trying 44-yard FG that Fardon misses miserably.
17-7, :30: That missed opportunity hurts Bulls big time as Vols come right back and get 28-yard Michael Palardy FG.
END OF FIRST
17-7 TENNESSEE: Chazz Anderson out after taking a shot from safety Prentiss Waggner. Alex Zordich in at QB for Bulls.
Da'Rick Rogers a man among boys. Vols WR already has career-high 142 receiving yards. Tennessee not missing Justin Hunter, who went down last week with a season-ending knee injury.
24-7, 8:25 left: Make it 154 yards for Rogers. He comes up with 12-yard TD reception from Bray, capping 88-yard drive. Bray had all day. No way Cortney Lester's going to hang with Rogers all the way across field when Vols have that kind of time to throw.
Anderson back in at QB.
Attendance announced at 87,758. This place must be incredible when it's packed.
31-7: 2:08 left in the half and I'm Rocky Topped out. Vols go 72 yards in 11 plays, the last a 13-yard pass from Bray to DeAnthony Arnett. The speed difference between the teams is astounding.
Bray's UT record to 10 straight games with multiple TD passes.
HALFTIME: Tennessee 31, UB 7. Bulls can be thankful Vols bit on play fake that opened way for Anderson's 68-yard TD run. It's been the only blemish against UT's name in this one. Vols just way, way too quick. Especially Poole, Rogers. Have to think Tennesee might give regulars first series of third quarter and then hand 'em the rest of the day off. Poole has 79 yards on 11 carries, Rogers 154 yards on six receptions. Bulls Zordich and Anderson a combined 6 of 18 passes. Branden Oliver just 31 yards on 10 carries.
TENNESSEE 38, UB 7: Bray TD pass to Arnett. 3:49 left in quarter. Drive covers 56 yards in 10 plays in 5:17.
TENNESSEE 41, UB 7: With 11:32 left, Michael Palardy boots a 28-yard field goal.
TENNESSEE 41, UB 10: With 8:38 left, Peter Fardon drills a 30-yard field goal.
--- Bob DiCesare
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