Butch Jones' opening statements following win against WKU
Tennessee’s defense found a lethal weapon to defuse Bobby Petrino’s Western Kentucky offensive juggernaut Saturday: the turnover.
Seven of them.
The opportunistic Vols crushed the Hilltoppers 52-20 before a Neyland Stadium crowd of 86,783.
At one point Western committed five turnovers in a span of six offensive snaps as the Vols (2-0) piled up a 31-3 lead early in the second quarter.
Justin Coleman and Cameron Sutton scored on interception returns with minutes of each other to give Tennessee a 14-3 lead. A pair of fumble recoveries and a Brent Brewer interception set up short drives for more points.
Brian Randolph had a pair of end-zone interceptions, one in each half, to thwart drives by the Hilltoppers (1-1), who had upset Kentucky a week earlier.
Rajion Neal rushed for three touchdowns. Justin Worley recovered from a poor first half to play well in the second and threw a 1-yard TD pass to Brendan Downs.
Worley finished 11-of-19 for 142 yards passing, with one interception.
Marlin Lane rushed for 97 yards and one touchdown. Neal had 74 yards.