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Vols hog-tied by Razorbacks in Fayetteville 24-13

The Tennessee Volunteers face the Arkansas Razorbacks Saturday for the first time since 2015.
Tennessee will face Arkansas for the first time since 2015
Tennessee will face Arkansas for the first time since 2015(WVLT News)
Published: Nov. 7, 2020 at 6:17 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 7, 2020 at 11:13 PM EST
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Tennessee is looking for its first win in Fayetteville since 2001, p[laying the Razorbacks for the first time since 2015.

Tennessee would take the opening kickoff and move the ball down the field on the Razorback defense thanks to a steady dose of Eric Gray. A holding penalty would push the Vols back into a 1st and 20 situation at the Hogs 40 yard line. That would turn into 3rd and 13. A quick pass from Jarrett Guarantano to Jalin Hyatt would gain no yards forcing a 50 yard FG attempt. No problem for Brent Cimaglia as the Vols close out the 12 play, 42 yard drive with three points. 3-0 Tennessee with 9:25 to go in the 1st quarter.

Led by quarterback and former Florida Gator Felipe Franks, the Hogs would take over after the kickoff at their own 25. On first down the Razorbacks go with the reverse and De’Vion Warren picks up 22 yards to the Arkansas 47 for a first down. The Razorbacks would creep into Vols territory, but the drive would stall forcing a punt back to Tennessee.

We’ve reached the end of the first quarter with the Vols mounting another long drive. Tennessee has already rushed for 94 yards and Jarrett Guarantano is 4-5 for 24 yards passing. Vols lead 3-0 heading to the 2nd quarter in Fayetteville. The Vols would pick up right where they left off that would be running the football. A quarterback keeper around the left side by Gurantano would get Tennessee in close. Then from the one yard line it would be Eric gray walking in from there. The point after touchdown was good giving the Vols a 10-0 lead. Gray’s third rushing TD of the season. His score caps a 16 play, 8:29 drive. So far, Tennessee has rushed for 109 yards in the game.

Arkansas would mount a drive with its second possession. A big play coming on a 24 yard pass from Franks to big tight end Blake Kern deep into Tennessee territory. On first and goal inside the five, the Vols defense would mount a stand forcing a 21 yard field goal attempt, but placekicker A.J. Reed misses wide right and the Vols maintain their 10-0 lead.

The two teams would then exchange punts with the Vols beginning their next possession at their own 20 yard line. Tennessee would once again move the football thanks to the running of Eric Gray and a holding penalty on a deep pass attempt from Guarantano to Josh Palmer. JG would then complete an 18 yard pass to Palmer down to the Arkansas 38 keeping the chains moving. The drive would stall forcing another long field goal attempt by Cimaglia and once again he’d connect, this time from 48 yards out giving the Volunteers a 13-0 lead with 1:57 remaining in the first half. The Tennessee defense would mount one more stand sending the game to halftime with that 13-0 lead. It was the Vols holding Felipe Franks to just 37 yards passing and the Hogs to 153 yards of total offense in the first half.

The Razorbacks would take the 2nd half kickoff and get to their 44 yard line where faced with a 3rd and five, RB Rakeem Boyd would pick up the first down. Arkansas would pick up the tempo on this drive with Felipe Franks connecting with Treylon Burks on a pass to the UT 20 yard line. Then Franks would cap off the long drive with a one yard TD pass on a slant rout to Mike Woods. PAT was good as Arkansas cuts into Tennessee lead. Vols now up 13-7. The drive covered 72 yards in 17 plays taking 5:14 off the clock to start the third quarter.

The hogs hold the Vols on their first possession of the second half and Arkansas is back in business. Franks connects on a deep pass to Woods and then hits his tight end Blake Kern from six yards out. The all important point after is good giving Arkansas their first lead of the night, 14-13 with 6:35 remaining in the third quarter.

On the ensuing drive, Tennessee would make a change at quarterback bringing in Brian Mauer. The change wouldn’t help as the Vols go three and out punting the ball back to Arkansas. That’s consecutive three and outs for the Vols offense to start the second half. In fact that’s four consecutive holds on third down by the Razorback defense going back to the first half as Tennessee’s down conversion issue continues in Fayetteville.

Back on offense, the Hogs were done showing off yet. Felipe Franks fires deep and hits Trelon Burks with a 59 yard TD pass. Arkansas scores on its first three possessions of the second half, 21 unanswered points to lead by eight, 21-13.

Due to a head injury suffered by by Jarrett Guarantano, the Vols were forced to make a change at quarterback. In would come Brian Mauer, but his first two series under center would not prove to be productive as Tennessee woes on third down continue. The razorbacks would add a 48 yard FG by A.J Reed and take a 24-13 lead into the 4th quarter of play.

The Vol defense would rise up and force an Arkansas punt, but still nothing doing for Mauer and the UT offense as Tennessee goes three and out five consecutive times after taking a 13-0 lead in the game.

After yet another stop by the Vols Dee forcing an Arkansas three and out, Coach Jeremy Pruitt would put freshman Harrison Bailey in at quarterback with 7:07 remaining in the game. bailey would not throw the ball until it was 4th and 4 at the Arkansas 25. Unfortunately for Vol fans, his pass bounced off the Tennessee receiver and into the air eventually intercepted by Eric Gregory. The interception, Arkansas' 11th of the season, ends the Tennessee threat keeping the score at 24-13 with 4:32 to play.

Bailey would get one more shot and actually lead the Vols down to the Arkansas 10, but not enough time as the Razorbacks close the door with another pick in the end zone to seal it. 24-13 is the final as the Vols lose their 4th straight and fall to 2-4 on the season with 7th ranked Texas A&M coming to Knoxville next weekend in what will be a 3:30 p.m. kickoff on ESPN.

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