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SEC reset: Tennessee

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TENNESSEE (1-0)

Game: Tennessee 45, Austin Peay 0. This one was over in a hurry. The Vols scored touchdowns on their first six possessions before calling off the dogs and settling for a field goal over the last two quarters. Visiting Austin Peay, an FCS team, had seven drives end in punts, two in interceptions, and one with a missed field goal attempt. The Vols had 447 yards in total offense, including 315 rushing. The Governors managed 211 yards, only 79 on the ground.

Takeaway: The Vols, obviously, were playing an overmatched foe in Austin Peay, which was a 2-9 a year ago.

But the discipline they showed in getting through the game with no penalties was a good sign. Some wins, even routs, can be sloppy affairs, but this wasn't one of them.

"We talk about the plan to win," first-year coach Butch Jones said. "In that plan to win is disciplined football. We can't be a team that has untimely penalties, and I thought our players did a great job. As we continue to progress, we're going to be challenged even that much more."

-- Junior QB Justin Worley made his first start since 2011 and completed 11 of his 13 pass attempts for 104 yards. He didn't have an interception and had three touchdown passes. Worley escaped being sacked and netted 21 yards on seven rushes.

-- Senior RB Rajion Neal wasted little time making his presence felt. By the end of the first quarter, he already had 104 yards rushing and finished the first half with 141 on 16 carries. He didn't play in the second half.

Next: vs. Western Kentucky, Sept. 7.
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