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Tennessee offense continues to roll against W. Kentucky

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KNOXVILLE - The Tennessee Volunteers capitalized on seven turnovers, including six in the first half, to top the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers 52-20 on Saturday.

The win made new head coach Butch Jones the first to start his Volunteer tenure 2-0 since Phillip Fulmer in 1992.

Saturday marked the first time since the Nov. 10, 1984, game against Memphis that the Vols recorded seven turnovers in a game.

Justin Worley finished the game 11-of-19 with one touchdown and one interception while senior running back Rajion Neal ran for 74 yards rushing and three touchdowns. Marlin Lane scampered for 97 yards on 16 carries and an additional touchdown. Johnathon Johnson reeled in a team-high 57 yards on two catches for the Vols.

Leading Western Kentucky were running backs Antonio Andrews and Leon Allen. Andrews rushed for 111 yards after coughing up a fumble in the first quarter. Allen combined a 54-yard rushing performance with 35 yards receiving and a touchdown to keep the Volunteer defense on it's heals at times in the game.

After a demanding drive by Western Kentucky to start the game only netted the Hilltoppers three points, junior Justin Coleman took advantage of a deflected ball and returned the interception 23 yards for the Vols' first score of the game.

When it rained, it poured for Western Kentucky's offensive woes. On their next possession's second play, freshmen defensive back Cameron Sutton stepped in front of a Brandon Doughty pass for a 36-yard interception return for a touchdown, his first career interception.

Western Kentucky's following three possessions resulted in turnovers.

The Volunteers capitalized on their shortened field position, scoring two more touchdowns and a field goal, gaining a 31-3 lead.

The Hilltoppers threatened that lead late in the second quarter, closing the gap to 31-17. A dropped pass on third down by Jason Croom and a blocked punt resulted in a Western Kentucky touchdown just before the half.

Neal's three touchdowns were most since Monterio Hardesty rushed for three against Kentucky in 2009.

The last time Tennessee scored 97 points in its first two games of a season (the Vols beat Austin Peay 45-0 last week) was in 1996 against UNLV and UCLA.

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