The Volunteers beat UAB 35-3 and covered the 30-point spread, but they didn't look even decent until the second half. I'm going to be reviewing how the Vols played overall in this article.
The Vols offense sputtered through the first two-and-a-half quarters except for about five minutes in the first quarter. The offensive line looked inept at times, making quarterback Jonathan Crompton throw earlier than he wanted to on most attempts and having several penalties in the first half and the first few minutes of the second half.
With about nine minutes to go in the third quarter, though, everything finally started clicking. Arian Foster had rushes of 31 and 16 yards and caught a pass for 22 yards, and Montario Hardesty got a six-yard touchdown run.
Lennon Creer broke out a 45-yard TD run in the third quarter and got another TD run in the fourth. Even fourth-string running back Tauren Poole broke off a couple good runs of 17 and 19 yards. Nick Stephens, the second-string QB, completed a 42-yard pass to JUCO transfer Brandon Warren.
Crompton finished 19 for 31 for 240 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Arian Foster finished with 100 yards on 12 carries, and Lennon Creer got 93 yards on eight carries for two touchdowns. Lucas Taylor had one of the best games of his UT career, catching nine passes for 132 yards.
The Vols ended up with 548 total yards, 266 of them rushing.
The defense was a lot like the offense. U AB went inside the Vols' 25-yard line twice in the first half and even got to the nine on the latter of the two drives before Eric Berry saved the Vols by picking off a Joe Webb pass at the one.
In the second half, the defense stiffened up despite allowing a field goal. They forced two more Webb interceptions, both of which came in the fourth quarter. One led to a UT touchdown that gave us the final score of 35-3. The UT defense was best on third downs, where UAB only converted three of 12.
Eric Berry and Ellix Wilson led the Vols, with both having seven tackles and an interception.
Nothing I can really put here. Chad Cunningham had a decent game, averaging 34.5 yards on two punts. Daniel Lincoln went five for five on extra points. Everyone did what he was supposed to.
Don't think that this win even moves Fulmer half an inch off the hot seat. The entire team looked inept at times, but in the second half it all came together, and the offense started performing remarkably better after Fulmer ripped the entire offensive line for committing so many penalties.
Dave Clawson's offense looked great in the second half, but this won't be an indicator of how the Vols play against Florida next week.
John Chavis' defense looked great for most of the game, and if the Vols beat Florida, the defense will be the reason why.