Plenty of Tyler Bray to Justin Hunter in UT's 51-13 victory

Bray throws 4 TDs; 3 go to Hunter

Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray heads to the locker room after the Vols defeated the Georgia State Panthers 51-13 at Neyland Stadium Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray heads to the locker room after the Vols defeated the Georgia State Panthers 51-13 at Neyland Stadium Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

Recap: Tennessee 51, Georgia State 13

Tennessee wide receiver Justin Hunter catches a touchdown pass from quarterback Tyler Bray in the second quarter against Georgia State at Neyland Stadium on Saturday.

Photo by Adam Brimer, Knoxville News Sentinel

Tennessee wide receiver Justin Hunter catches a touchdown pass from quarterback Tyler Bray in the second quarter against Georgia State at Neyland Stadium on Saturday.

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Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray throws a pass to wide receiver Justin Hunter, good for a touchdown in the second quarter against Georgia State at Neyland Stadium on Saturday.

Photo by Adam Brimer, Knoxville News Sentinel

Photos by ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray throws a pass to wide receiver Justin Hunter, good for a touchdown in the second quarter against Georgia State at Neyland Stadium on Saturday.

In the end, everybody got about what they came for Saturday at Neyland Stadium.

In between red-letter dates on the schedule, Tennessee stretched its legs when appropriate and flexed just enough muscle to dispatch outmanned Georgia State, 51-13.

Tyler Bray and his aerial circus assembled Chapter Two of their 2012 highlight reel. He fired four touchdown passes, three of them to Justin Hunter.

Georgia State, an infant program, banked a huge paycheck — $500,000 — for the budget. Afterward, the cheerleaders got to pose for a group photo on the field in a historic SEC stadium.

And a crowd announced at 87,821 saw the rain blow off to another area code just in time for kickoff.

So now it's Florida week.

"Did they win? What was the score?'' senior lineman Dallas Thomas asked of the media throng gathered around him in the postgame scene.

Florida did win, 20-17, at Texas A&M. The Gators (2-0) and the Vols (2-0) will renew their SEC grudge match next Saturday night (TV: ESPN, 6 p.m.) on the same field where Georgia State's cheerleaders posed for pictures.

And on the same field where Bray completed his final 13 passes before retiring to the sideline.

Just like in the win over North Carolina State in Atlanta, the Vols' offense soared past the 500-yard milestone — 558 to be exact — against Georgia State (0-2).

Bray made it look easy through the air, completing 18 of 20 passes for 310 yards.

Often it was stunningly easy.

Tennessee was playing its 1,196th college football game. Georgia State, a commuter school in downtown Atlanta, was playing its 24th.

The gap was apparent.

"We need games like this to get things rolling,'' said tailback Rajion Neal, who scored on runs of 1 and 5 yards.

"But now it's time to really get down to the nitty-gritty.''

Nitty was sufficient Saturday.

"I give them credit,'' said Tennessee coach Derek Dooley. "They came out and played really well. They gave us a lot of problems.''

Georgia State (0-2) trailed only 14-6 deep into the second quarter and had some luck moving the ball against a UT defense that was minus injured linebackers Herman Lathers and Curt Maggitt.

Then Bray hooked up with Hunter for a pair of touchdowns in the final 4:11 of the first half and the halftime lead ballooned to 28-6.

"Then we came out and imposed our will a little bit in the third quarter,'' said Dooley.

The margin was 51-6 until the Panthers staged an 80-yard drive in the final minutes against a defense of reserves that included several freshmen.

When quarterback Ben McLane scored on a 12-yard keeper with 58 seconds to play it was the program's first touchdown in three games against FBS opponents.

"I see enormous progress in the eyes and in the effort of our guys,'' said Georgia State coach Bill Curry, who made history by bringing his fourth different school to play UT.

"We build on experience like today because we're able to see where we had opportunities to actually be in this game that we let slip away.''

For instance ...

After the Vols drove for a Neal touchdown on the game's opening possession, Georgia State had a chance to tie, arriving at the UT 3 first-and-goal.

A Darrington Sentimore sack, however, forced the Panthers to settle for a Christian Benvenuto field goal and a 7-3 deficit.

Bray found tight end Mychal Rivera for a 19-yard TD pass and a 14-3 lead but the Panthers threatened again after recovering a Marlin Lane fumble.

They reached the Vols' 13 before stalling and taking another Benvenuto field goal.

By that point, Bray was smoking hot, going 9-of-9 in the second quarter.

A 73-yard Tennessee drive took four plays. Then a 79-yard drive needed only three plays. Both ended with Hunter snagging a pass in the end zone.

"Tyler had a great stat line,'' said Dooley.

Bray's final stat was a 19-yard touchdown to Hunter with 8:02 left in the third quarter that made it 41-6.

Sophomore Justin Worley finished up. He was intercepted on a deflected pass but helped add 10 points, a 2-yard TD run by freshman Quenshaun Watson and a 25-yard Derrick Brodus field goal.

Brodus's appearance was a reflection on Michael Palardy's continuing struggles. Palardy missed his second extra point of the year and was wide on a 39-yard field goal.

"We need to make those,'' Dooley said. "We'll see what the issue was.''

Speaking of issues, Tennessee's running game was a mixed success at best. A revolving door of candidates amassed 184 yards, a 4.3 average per attempt.

Short-yardage results left much to be desired.

"I think we ran more downhill,'' said Neal, who had 65 yards on 13 carries.

"We were trying to go ahead and get accustomed to that because that's what it's going to have to be when we go against Florida next week.''

Hunter can't wait to go against Florida, the team against which he suffered a season-ending knee injury last September.

He looked completely healed against Georgia State's soft outside coverage, catching eight passes for 146 yards.

Cordarrelle Patterson, meanwhile, proved his sensational debut against N.C. State was no fluke.

He caught three passes for 71 yards, ran 18 yards on a pitch in the Wildcat formation and broke a kickoff return 61 scintillating yards.

And as darkness fell, UT's 18th consecutive home-opener win was in the rearview mirror.

"Most of the ones I've been involved in,'' said Dooley, "we've had a lot better players than the other team.''

It was that way Saturday. Next week, however, will be a different story.

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botetourtvol2 writes:

First and ten - beat Florida

jobrando#216494 writes:

Brodus = Palardy replacement

crutch1966 writes:

palardy stinks.

thevoice writes:

in response to jobrando#216494:

Brodus = Palardy replacement

Yep. Get that boy off the keg scolly and onto a leg scholly. Good game by Vols.

Vol_In_The_Ville writes:

166 hours til we right some wrongs. "make no mistake; its not revenge we're after...its a reckoning. Doc Holliday -Tombstone

botetourtvol2 writes:

in response to Vol_In_The_Ville:

166 hours til we right some wrongs. "make no mistake; its not revenge we're after...its a reckoning. Doc Holliday -Tombstone

Great Quote - very applicable vs UF

thevoice writes:

Next week setting up to be a top 25 showdown. Winner gets/stays in. Will be witnessing Muschump's last game vs. UT.

SignalMtnVol writes:

in response to jobrando#216494:

Brodus = Palardy replacement

I know you can't see this, but your post just got two thumbs up!

Stooley_Dinks writes:

Grades,

Bray A+
Receivers A
RB's D (This was GA St)
OL D (Passing Blocking is not good enough)
DL A- (Don't miss tackles)
LB's C (Hurts without Lathers and Maggitt)
DB's C (Missed too many tackles)
Kickers F (As long as Palardy kicks anything, F)
Coaching C- (We can't run and we still use the Wildcat)
Announcer F-
Overall C- (No major injuries, nice margin of victory, but starters played too long, Worley was not productive, and we can't run.)

Get ready to call me a troll, but I don't won't to watch us get our fanny whipped anymore. Tennessee has always been able to run. And, after 2 horrid seasons, we are looking at a 3rd. The gimmicks are inflating the numbers. As long as we even say Wildcat, I will say Kentucky Wildcat loss. At UT, we should ONLY run that if we have some super talent we are trying to get the ball, not because we cannot run the ball between the tackles.

And, why are we just hearing about Maggitt's turf toe now? I will tell you why. The excuses have to start. That is an AWFUL NAGGING injury that is going to plague him all year.

After this week, the WE BLEW OUT NC ST crowd is starting to come down as they realize that we didn't blow them out, they barely beat UCONN, the VOLS can't run, and FL has some guts and a mobile QB.

I will not accept any reason whatsoever for a loss to FL, but this week made it more likely. If you support Dooley, then blame Chaney.

Thank goodness Bray/Hunter/Patterson/Rivera give us a chance to win this year. But, make no mistake. If they are all gone next year, we do not have a running game to replace them.

romevol writes:

in response to SignalMtnVol:

I know you can't see this, but your post just got two thumbs up!

Agreed. A kicking sensation, he is not.

chaos001 writes:

Florida escaped a close one this weekend and lost several players to injury...let's stomp them while they're down!

cyclonevol87 writes:

Brodus had a interception too if you watch the game on PPV you know what im talking about lol

wallingdad writes:

I watched the Fla game today and listened to UT. There is no reason UT cannot beat Fla by 2 TD's. Fla is horrible and Brantley is mediocre at best. It seemed he was indecisive most of the game and running for his life. I know Fla won today and on the road which is hard to do in the SEC.....but..they still looked very mediocre and ordinary.

thevoice writes:

in response to Stooley_Dinks:

Grades,

Bray A+
Receivers A
RB's D (This was GA St)
OL D (Passing Blocking is not good enough)
DL A- (Don't miss tackles)
LB's C (Hurts without Lathers and Maggitt)
DB's C (Missed too many tackles)
Kickers F (As long as Palardy kicks anything, F)
Coaching C- (We can't run and we still use the Wildcat)
Announcer F-
Overall C- (No major injuries, nice margin of victory, but starters played too long, Worley was not productive, and we can't run.)

Get ready to call me a troll, but I don't won't to watch us get our fanny whipped anymore. Tennessee has always been able to run. And, after 2 horrid seasons, we are looking at a 3rd. The gimmicks are inflating the numbers. As long as we even say Wildcat, I will say Kentucky Wildcat loss. At UT, we should ONLY run that if we have some super talent we are trying to get the ball, not because we cannot run the ball between the tackles.

And, why are we just hearing about Maggitt's turf toe now? I will tell you why. The excuses have to start. That is an AWFUL NAGGING injury that is going to plague him all year.

After this week, the WE BLEW OUT NC ST crowd is starting to come down as they realize that we didn't blow them out, they barely beat UCONN, the VOLS can't run, and FL has some guts and a mobile QB.

I will not accept any reason whatsoever for a loss to FL, but this week made it more likely. If you support Dooley, then blame Chaney.

Thank goodness Bray/Hunter/Patterson/Rivera give us a chance to win this year. But, make no mistake. If they are all gone next year, we do not have a running game to replace them.

I imagine we'll see a lot of new stuff next Saturday. Kesling definitely took a step or two backwards today.

Smokey91 writes:

I thought the offense did very well. Really like how the Watson kid ran the ball. He has a burst. Of course he was not going against SEC caliber. The running game is not going to carry us as much as the passing game. But it won't matter cause the kicking game is going to hurt us if we have to depend on Palardy kicking or punting. I try to give Dooley some credit but can't understand why he thought the kicking game would improve with the same inconsistent kickers. The kid from West High broke his leg but he wasn't going to get much of chance this year anyway. Beating the Gators will cure all ills. GO Vols!!!

sknox writes:

Who is the backup kicker and why didn't he see the field today?

wallingdad writes:

in response to wallingdad:

I watched the Fla game today and listened to UT. There is no reason UT cannot beat Fla by 2 TD's. Fla is horrible and Brantley is mediocre at best. It seemed he was indecisive most of the game and running for his life. I know Fla won today and on the road which is hard to do in the SEC.....but..they still looked very mediocre and ordinary.

just realized I said Brantley instead of Driskel. time moves on...imagine that.

Tau_of_Tennessee writes:

"Fla is horrible and Brantley is mediocre at best."

If I am not mistaken Brantley was 0-0-0 for a total of zero yards passing and running today.

TrouserCough writes:

Nice article

mocsandvolsfan writes:

We won.

jobrando#216494 writes:

in response to sknox:

Who is the backup kicker and why didn't he see the field today?

It's Brodus and he kicked a FG

jobrando#216494 writes:

If we dont beat Florida this year we will never do it.....They are sorry. Tyler will eat their lunch. Just worried about our D.

Richmonds_Wannabe_Brother writes:

in response to jobrando#216494:

It's Brodus and he kicked a FG

and a PAT.

hikerdude writes:

Florida won today against a pretty good A & M team. Miss State put a whippin' on Auburn. We'll be lucky to win both of those. Our best shot is Fla because we are at home but it won't be easy

writer#358485 writes:

Defense still giving up too many short passes as well as runs. In the half quarter, Georgia State made our No. 1 defense look mediocre. It will have to do better next week. Go Vols.

Richmonds_Wannabe_Brother writes:

in response to hikerdude:

Florida won today against a pretty good A & M team. Miss State put a whippin' on Auburn. We'll be lucky to win both of those. Our best shot is Fla because we are at home but it won't be easy

Auburn's problem is they have a QB who can't complete more than 40% of his passes. So far, Mississippi State hasn't had to defend the pass at all, and they won't have to until the Vols come to Starkville. Their secondary will have virtually no game experience this season until then.I think we'll be ok.

lafollette37766 writes:

U T did not exactly play a top of the line school but a win is a win and they won it in style. I love it when U T destroys the other team. A great confidence builder and hopefully U T can keep building on this. U T should beat Florida which barely beat Texas A&M. If so then Ole Dudley Doright Dooley's coaching seat gets a whole lot cooler.

HarryHood writes:

Secondary looked terrible. The score betrayed the unacceptable performance from the DBs. Georgia State converting multiple third-and-eternities hopefully gives Coach Sunseri fits. I hope the team has shaken the big head from the NC State win.

On a more positive note, the offense looked great. Next week will be interesting. GBO!

kjneel#238751 writes:

Our D is soft so we will have to out score people and we will. UT can score 30-40 no problem. FL cant score 40 in a game this year without 4 turnovers. UT 42- UF 21

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

Lane, Neal, Young...it doesn't matter if our soft cupcake o-line cant get a push. After watching two weeks it's obvious why our backs run to the outside, they have to. On the other hand, I don't think it helps having 330lb lineman while running the ball from the pistol spread. Line up in the effing I formation and run the damn football. I've noticed ALL of our backs look better from the I formation running behind a FB. Why can't the coaches see this?

Oh yeah...Palardy is hard to watch. Missing an extra point is unacceptable. Missing a 38 yarder is unacceptable. He should never see the field again.

Bray looks like a first round pick. It was REALLY good to see Hunter bust out after a tough outing against NC State. CP is the man, we'll be lucky to keep him after this season. But if we can't run the ball we are toast against top SEC teams. No running game mixed with the speed no huddle offense will really hamper our defense throughout the length of an SEC season.

I was really proud of the D. They were on the field a LONG time. Too long for it to have been Ga. State. Plus not having Maggit and Lathers hurts. The Maggitt turf toe is REALLY bad news. Those things remind me of high ankle sprains in the sense that they take so long to heal. The only way to fully heal it is to not play. This could be a MAJOR blow.

WhitePineVol77 writes:

We won. Next game, the gators here.
Stooley dinks, you are a troll.
We deserve a C, not a C-.

LDDFC912 writes:

The pay per view announcer must have been picked up at the bus station. He kept calling Justin Hunter James Hunter. Poor Jeff Francis was babysitting a Alzheimers patient the whole broadcast. Potent passing and running was so so. Palardy is horrid. Shankapotumous is garbage. The kickers of old should jump him and beat him with his soccer cleat. Bring on the Gaturds.

VOLtage writes:

This just in the pay-per-view announcer got a players name right. This could be considered a miracle the Vatican is being contacted as I type this.

Richmonds_Wannabe_Brother writes:

in response to kjneel#238751:

Our D is soft so we will have to out score people and we will. UT can score 30-40 no problem. FL cant score 40 in a game this year without 4 turnovers. UT 42- UF 21

"we will have to out score people and we will"

I couldn't have said it better -- John Madden.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

I predicted a 55-14 victory and no thanks to Palardy UT got 51 points..Not a great performance, but overall I think UT played well especially Tyler Bray and Hunter..Got to rest Meggit & Lathers and still held a decent offensive team to 13 points with 7 coming at the very end of the game..Good win and bring on the gators..GBO!!

UTbassdrummer writes:

Keep
Calm
And
BEAT
FLORIDA

BankerVol writes:

in response to Stooley_Dinks:

Grades,

Bray A+
Receivers A
RB's D (This was GA St)
OL D (Passing Blocking is not good enough)
DL A- (Don't miss tackles)
LB's C (Hurts without Lathers and Maggitt)
DB's C (Missed too many tackles)
Kickers F (As long as Palardy kicks anything, F)
Coaching C- (We can't run and we still use the Wildcat)
Announcer F-
Overall C- (No major injuries, nice margin of victory, but starters played too long, Worley was not productive, and we can't run.)

Get ready to call me a troll, but I don't won't to watch us get our fanny whipped anymore. Tennessee has always been able to run. And, after 2 horrid seasons, we are looking at a 3rd. The gimmicks are inflating the numbers. As long as we even say Wildcat, I will say Kentucky Wildcat loss. At UT, we should ONLY run that if we have some super talent we are trying to get the ball, not because we cannot run the ball between the tackles.

And, why are we just hearing about Maggitt's turf toe now? I will tell you why. The excuses have to start. That is an AWFUL NAGGING injury that is going to plague him all year.

After this week, the WE BLEW OUT NC ST crowd is starting to come down as they realize that we didn't blow them out, they barely beat UCONN, the VOLS can't run, and FL has some guts and a mobile QB.

I will not accept any reason whatsoever for a loss to FL, but this week made it more likely. If you support Dooley, then blame Chaney.

Thank goodness Bray/Hunter/Patterson/Rivera give us a chance to win this year. But, make no mistake. If they are all gone next year, we do not have a running game to replace them.

Go away IDIOT

sameolvolalum writes:

The fundamental idea was to show the gatahs nothing, which they accomplished nicely. Notice what you didn't notice: Patterson was used sparingly. Hunter ran basic routes.....nothing else. Run blocking schemes were on a high school level, as were the overall alignments both on offense and on defense. UT tuned up quite well. The gatahs were worn down and stretched play-calling-wise just so they could beat a very average A&M team. It looks like sound coaching on CDD's part. GBO!

Vol43 writes:

in response to Rich_Is_Re-born:

Lane, Neal, Young...it doesn't matter if our soft cupcake o-line cant get a push. After watching two weeks it's obvious why our backs run to the outside, they have to. On the other hand, I don't think it helps having 330lb lineman while running the ball from the pistol spread. Line up in the effing I formation and run the damn football. I've noticed ALL of our backs look better from the I formation running behind a FB. Why can't the coaches see this?

Oh yeah...Palardy is hard to watch. Missing an extra point is unacceptable. Missing a 38 yarder is unacceptable. He should never see the field again.

Bray looks like a first round pick. It was REALLY good to see Hunter bust out after a tough outing against NC State. CP is the man, we'll be lucky to keep him after this season. But if we can't run the ball we are toast against top SEC teams. No running game mixed with the speed no huddle offense will really hamper our defense throughout the length of an SEC season.

I was really proud of the D. They were on the field a LONG time. Too long for it to have been Ga. State. Plus not having Maggit and Lathers hurts. The Maggitt turf toe is REALLY bad news. Those things remind me of high ankle sprains in the sense that they take so long to heal. The only way to fully heal it is to not play. This could be a MAJOR blow.

Gosh Richy, I can't argue with any of this. We need a kicker. God, this guy is bad. I think we can beat the gators, but if it comes down to the kicking game, we're probably gonna be disappointed. I mean he is really bad. I hope he doesn't read this, but then maybe he should.

farmdog (Inactive) writes:

in response to jobrando#216494:

Brodus = Palardy replacement

Palardy needs a goat ride. He needs to wake up in the boondocks of Asuncion with no clothes or money....Darr too.

drorange writes:

in response to jobrando#216494:

Brodus = Palardy replacement

Georgia just had a freshman nail a 52 yarder and our crappy kicker can't even hit all of his or her extra points

PUL4VOLS writes:

I still am unsure about the running game. Lane did not show what I had expected. The defense, against Georgia State, come on man. Those third and long pick ups were embarrassing. Bray did well. The return game looked good. But we have a lot of work to do to put it on the Gators. I hope we get it done.

Stooley_Dinks writes:

in response to BankerVol:

Go away IDIOT

Wow, that's some deep insight. If you saw, not predict, better, then spell it out. Otherwise, sleep it off and watch the rewind.

farmdog (Inactive) writes:

in response to wallingdad:

I watched the Fla game today and listened to UT. There is no reason UT cannot beat Fla by 2 TD's. Fla is horrible and Brantley is mediocre at best. It seemed he was indecisive most of the game and running for his life. I know Fla won today and on the road which is hard to do in the SEC.....but..they still looked very mediocre and ordinary.

Were you watching a tape from last year? Driskel is the new QB for the lizards, and he's starting to get his feet under him a bit. Expect the Gators to win a close game - Sturgis is a great kicker, and we don't have one. Advantage Gators.

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

in response to Vol43:

Gosh Richy, I can't argue with any of this. We need a kicker. God, this guy is bad. I think we can beat the gators, but if it comes down to the kicking game, we're probably gonna be disappointed. I mean he is really bad. I hope he doesn't read this, but then maybe he should.

I'm really worried about Maggit. Just the words turf toe scare the heck out of me. If he really has turf toe it's not good. It will linger and linger.

But it was nice to see Hunter and Rivera get off. Bray, well what can you say. 9-9 in the second quarter, I think at one point he was 14-14 before coming out. We need to run from the power I IMO.

wallingdad writes:

in response to farmdog:

Palardy needs a goat ride. He needs to wake up in the boondocks of Asuncion with no clothes or money....Darr too.

I am not sure I would go that far..after all he is some mother's son who probably loves him dearly. Dooley does need to assess the situation and correct it. It is Dooley's to fix. (And I KNOW that his mother loves him)

tovolny writes:

Why didn't the Vols play Croom in the second half? Actually, Croom could be the Vol's best receiver. (I ducked after I WROTE that). If he is now healthy, we missed a good chance for giving him some experience.

I still have to scratch my head when it comes to kicking. NO KICKING COACH what-so-ever just has to create disasters. Palardy and Darr kicked better as high school seniors. NO KIKING COACH what-so-ever is not a good thing, is it?
I have complained a lot on this site about our lack of kicking skills. I'll quit and welcome someone else to do it. Good luck.

GreerVol22 writes:

I would never trust Palardy with a game winning field goal, he's pityful.

It seemed the Defense was out of sync on several series...If we did blitz and got pressure, the secondary was at the concession stand, vice versa. Gotta fix that. Really missed Maggitt and Lathers.

peerlessvolfan writes:

in response to UTbassdrummer:

Keep
Calm
And
BEAT
FLORIDA

Like! :)

SevenT writes:

It will be a crime if Tennessee is not in the AP Top 25 next week

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