Vols Waste Razorbacks, 63-20

Casey Clausen tied the school record with five touchdown passes to lead Tennessee to a 63-20 victory over turnover-plauged Arkansas in SEC football. Arkansas turned the ball over three and gave up a 48-yard punt return to fall behind 35-0 in the first quarter.

The Vols scored on each of their three possessions in the third quarter to take a 63-20 lead into the fourth quarter.
 
Tennessee tailback Travis Henry gained 214 yards in 25 carries before retiring late in the third quarter. The Hogs' offense centered around tailback Fred Talley. The Longview, Texas sophomore gained 142 yards on 27 carries, but lost two fumbles.
 
The Hogs had weather more problems. Zac Clark, the backup quarterback, spent Thursday night in the hospital with a bout with a stomach virus. He rode the team charter with a surgical mask to prevent the bug from spreading throughout the team. Quarterback Robby Hampton, who sat out the Ole Miss game with a shoulder separation, practiced throughout the week leading up to the Tennessee game. He said he felt pain on some throws, but he was accurate by the end of the week.
 
The Hogs were stuffed on their first possession, losing three yards. Butler's punt into the stiff breeze went only 35 yards. Eric Parker eluded the first wave, then cutback for 48 yards to the UA 5-yard line. Tennessee made three yards on two sweeps. Casey Clausen rolled right to find David Martin open just across the goal line. Ken Hamlin was positioned in front of Martin, but Clausen's soft lob was over his head. The 2-yard TD pass made it 7-0 at 12:43 of the first quarter.
 
The Hogs did manage a first down on their second possession on runs of 8 and 4 by Fred Talley. But Hampton's pass to Gerald Howard came up one yard short on third-and-10. There was no punt return this time as Butler's 30-yarder went out of bounds at the UT 17.
 
The Vols drove 83 yards in seven plays, with Clausen's bootleg passes doing the damage. He found tight end John Finlayson for 24 and then hit Parker for the final 30 behind Eddie Jackson. Tennessee went 67 yards on six plays with their next possession to make it 21-0 at 3:07 of the first quarter. The big play was Travis Henry's 55-yard ramble down the sideline to the UA 5-yard loine. Henry decked J.J. Jones with a stiff arm at the 30.
 
The Vols scored on a fake field goal. Holder Seth Reagan found a big hole over his left side to score on a 2-yard run. It went to 28-0 only 106 seconds later. Hampton scrambled and lost the ball as his hand was moving forward. The fumble was recovered at the UA 12. Clausen passed to Wilson on the fade behind De'Andre Berry.
 
It took just 23 seconds for Tennessee to make it 35-0. Talley was stripped by DeAngelo Lloyd. The big defensive end picked it up and rolled 34 yards for a touchdown with 58 seconds left in the first quarter. The Hogs did manage a drive. Two penalties for personal fouls against Tennessee helped the march. Talley had the big play, a 32-yard draw. But, on second down at the UT 1-yard line, Talley tried to go over the top of the pile with the ball leading the way. It was slapped from his hand and UT covered it at its own 3-yard line.
 
That didn't seem significant, but it was when the Hogs scored on their next possession. They pinned UT at the 3-yard line and got it at the 24 on a 21-yard punt that hung up in the brisk south breeze. Hampton scrambled for 12, then passed to Boo Williams on a fade for the final 15 yards.
 
Arkansas went for the onside kick, and had a chance for a loose ball when the boot bounced off a UT foot. But, the Vols recovered. Tennessee moved to the UA 22, but Alex Walls missed a 39-yarder, only his second miss in his last 18 tries. The Hogs overcame a holding penalty to march 77 yards in eight plays. Talley had an 18-yard dash around the end. Hampton then hit Williams for 11, 10, 26 and then the final 13 for a touchdown.
 
It was 35-14 at 5:47 of the second quarter. After an exchange of punts, the Vols upped it to 42-14 at halftime with a seven-play, 38-yard TD drive that took just 48 seconds and beat the intermission break by 1:01. Clausen passed 16 yards to Cedrick Wilson for the score. The Hogs lined up with 11 men at the line. Wilson stepped inside of corner DeAndre Berry and beat him on a slant by five yards. Talley, who lost two first-quarter fumbles, made 90 yards on 19 first-half rushes. Hampton completed 9 of 13 for 97 yards. Williams caught seven for 87 yards. Clausen was 14 of 15 for 167 yards passing in the first half. Henry rushed 13 times for 85 yards.
 
O'Donohoe kicked off out of bounds (he had two others out of play) to open the second half to give UT possession at its 35-yard line. The Vols marched 65 yards in nine plays to make it 49-14 on Clausen's 13-yard TD pass to Wilson. Berry had position on Wilson, but the UT receiver stepped in front as the slant pass arrived. Henry carried five times for 48 yards in the drive. The Hogs responded with a more impressive 65-yard drive after another out-of-bounds kickoff. It took them four plays.
 
Hampton passed 21 to Adam Daily before Talley sprinted up the middle for 30 on the final two plays. It was 49-20 when O'Donohoe's line drive try at the extra point was wide left. Tennessee rolled 65 yards in four Henry runs, the last one from 16 yards out when the Hogs came up empty with a blitz. It was 56-20 at 7:01. Hampton's screen pass was deflected and intercepted to leave the Vols 33 yards for their second team. A. J. Sugg engineered the six-play drive. Travis Stephens dove over the top for the final yard.
 
It was 63-20 at 4:20 of the third quarter. Hampton left the game when he was sacked for the first time at the 2:06 mark of the third quarter, re-injuring his right shoulder.

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