South Alabama wouldn’t go away quietly Saturday — not until Brian Randolph’s end-zone interception with 1:51 to play saved a 31-24 Tennessee victory.
After falling behind 7-0, Tennessee scored 31 unanswered points, going up 31-7 on Rajion Neal’s touchdown run early in the third quarter.
After that, it was all Jaguars.
South Alabama (2-2) scored 17 consecutive points and was driving towards more when Randolph made the interception off Ross Metheney on a fourth-and-goal pass from the UT 14.
Justin Worley threw touchdown passes to A.J. Branisel and Josh Smith and Marlin Lane scored on a 2-yard run to make it 24-7 Vols at the half.
Worley, however, was intercepted three times, twice in the end zone.
Worley finished 20 of 36 for 204 yards passing. Neal rushed for a career-high 169 yards as the Vols outgained the Jaguars 482 to 392.
Metheney was 21 of 42 passing for 234 yards and scored twice on runs of 32 and 5 yards.
LaDarrell McNeil and Brent Brewer also had interceptions for the Vols.