Vols bounce back from loss with 45-14 win over UTSA

Tennessee improves to 3-1 on the season with S. Carolina coming in next Saturday night
Coach Heupel speaks after the Vols defeat UTSA 45-14.
Published: Sep. 23, 2023 at 3:10 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 23, 2023 at 8:28 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - No. 23 Tennessee begins a three-game homestand today as it welcomes in the UTSA Roadrunners to Neyland Stadium.

The Volunteers will be looking to get back to their winning ways and rebound from a disappointing loss in their SEC opener at Florida last weekend.

UTSA will also be aiming to get back in the win column after dropping a close one at home to Army last Friday night.

Regardless of the situation, the atmosphere is always electric on campus prior to kickoff, especially at the traditional Vol Walk where WVLT Sports Director

Rick Russo caught up with a mom and her daughter attending their first-ever Tennessee game.

The Vols look to possibly get back senior center Cooper Mays, who’s missed the first three games of the season while recovering from a minor offseason medical procedure.

1ST QUARTER

OH MY GOODNESS! First play from scrimmage as if he was shot of a cannon! Joe Milton keeps, comes to the near side and goes 81 yards for a TD! PAT is good. Just like that it’s 7-0 Vols!

We have a Dylan Sampson sighting. Vol RB fights thru the middle from 10 yards out. His 5th TD of the season as the Vols extend their lead to 14-0 over UTSA with 10:03 remaining in the 1st quarter. TN already with 143 total yards to UTSA’s 8.

Roadrunners mount their first drive of the game moving in to Tennessee territory after converting a 4th and 2 at the UT 47. UTSA would get down to the Vols 19, where they would face a 4th and 3 situation. Texas at San Antonio goes for it, but the pass to the end zone is incomplete and Tennessee would take over on downs.

Thanks to mixture of runs and short passes, the Vols would drive onto the UTSA side of the field, but the drive stalls and a 52 yard Charles Campbell FG attempt is no good. Score remains 14-0 Tennessee late in the 1str quarter.

2ND QUARTER

After stopping UTSA short on a fake punt the Vols travel 59 yards in two plays thanks to a long Jabari Small run and then an 18 yard TD pass from Milton to Kaleb Webb. 21-0 less than a minute into the 2nd quarter. Tennessee with 248 total yards to UTSA’s 52.

Tennessee strikes quickly once again. 4 plays, 60 yards capped off by a 48 yd. TD pass from Milton to Ramel Keyton. Vols now have over 300 yards of offense and 12 first downs to UTSA’s 2 with 11:10 remaining in the half. Tennessee 28, UTSA 0.

Following a Tamarion McDonald interception. Dylan Sampson rushes 44 yards deep into UTSA territory. That would lead to a 29 yard Charles Campbell FG. Tennessee extends its lead to 31-0 late in the 1st half.

3RD QUARTER

Owen McCown’s pass is complete to Joshua Cephus for 3 yds for a TD on 3rd and goal. Vols lead Roadrunners 31-7 with 7:32 remaining in the 3rd quarter.

The Roadrunners strike again as former Alcoa standout and Tennessee Mr. Football Tykee Ogle-Kellogg catches a 43 yard TD pass from Owen McCown. UTSA leads the 3rd quarter, the Vols lead the game 31-14.

Milton misses a wide open Squirrel White on a deep slant and then overthrows White on another deep ball. Vols with three 2nd half possessions and nothing to show for it still leading 31-14 late in the 3rd.

Vols showing some life on offense late in the third as Dylan Sampson takes a shovel pass from Milton and runs 20 yards to the UTSA 31. Headed to the 4th with Tennessee leading 31-14.

4TH QUARTER

4TH QTR: Vols reach the checkerboards for the first time in the 2nd half on a Jabari Small 1-yard TD run capping off a 12 play, 66 yard drive. Tennessee increases its lead to 38-14 with 12:42 remaining in the game.

Back with a vengeance! Dylan Sampson now with 2 rushing TD’s, his second covers 41 yards. His 139 yard total on the afternoon is a new career high as the Vols extend their lead to 45-14 over the Roadrunners. Tennessee now with 305 yards rushing as a team.

That would be all the scoring for the Vols, who would get back up QB Nico Iamaleava and several other young players into the game. Tennessee improves to 3-1 overall with a convincing 45-14 win over UTSA