Tennessee snapped a program record-tying six-game losing streak by going to Vanderbilt and whipping the Commodores, 42-17, at Nashville on Saturday afternoon.
Tennessee quarterback J.T. Shrout threw a pair of first-half touchdown passes as the Volunteers took a 28-10 halftime lead and never looked back. The Vols had 540 yards of total offense.
Wide receiver Velus Jones Jr. caught seven balls for 125 yards and two scores.
The Commodores (0-9, 0-9 SEC) had 49 available scholarship players on Saturday. Vanderbilt made it competitive for a quarter and a half until the Vols took over and scored 28 straight points.
Running back Tyson Chandler’s 20-yard scoring run 2:10 into the second half, combined with kicker Toby Wilson’s point-after, extended the Vols’ lead to 35-17.
The Vols got the ball on the Vanderbilt 42 for their second possession of the game and marched to the 6. Quarterback Harrison Bailey sucked in the Commodores with a play fake before finding tight end Princeton Fant wide open for a touchdown toss with 5:54 left in the first quarter.
Vanderbilt answered when quarterback Ken Seals found wide receiver Cam Johnson with an 18-yard touchdown pass and kicker Sarah Fuller’s point-after tied the game.
The Commodores went up 10-7 on Pierson Cooke’s 39-yard field goal.
Tennessee answered when Volunteers defensive back Bryce Thompson made an athletic, one-hand grab of a Seals pass and stumbled 18 yards through traffic for a touchdown.
After Tennessee forced a Seals fumble that Vanderbilt recovered at its 2 before punting, Shrout hit Jones for a 22-yard touchdown down the left sideline.
Shrout then found wide receiver Jalin Hyatt with a 26-yard touchdown with 44 seconds left in the first half.
Fuller became the first female to ever score in a Power Five football contest. She added another point-after in the fourth quarter after Seals hit tight end Ben Bresnahan with a 16-yard pass.
Tennessee exploited the right side of Vanderbilt’s offensive line, where right guard Ben Cox made his first career start with Bradley Ashmore beside him at tackle. Both are true freshmen.
The Commodores had just five scholarship defensive linemen available.
Vanderbilt has lost 10 straight games and is in danger of its first winless season in program history. The Commodores, who started playing football in 1890 and have played every year since, are scheduled to play at Georgia next week.
–Field Level Media