No. 9 Tennessee pulls away to sink Austin Peay

No. 9 Tennessee pulls away to sink Austin Peay

Sep 9, 2023; Knoxville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Volunteers linebacker Aaron Beasley (6) celebrates a play against the Austin Peay Governors during the second half at Neyland Stadium.
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Joe Milton III threw for two touchdowns and rushed for one more as No. 9 Tennessee pulled away for a 30-13 win over Austin Peay on Saturday evening in Knoxville, Tenn.

Milton completed 21 of 33 passes for 228 yards for the Volunteers (2-0). Ramel Keyton and McCallan Castles each had one touchdown reception.

Mike DiLiello completed 29 of 39 passes for 260 yards with one touchdown and one interception for Austin Peay (0-2). Trey Goodman led the Governors’ receivers with three catches for 70 yards and a touchdown.

It was a slow start for Tennessee, which was tied 3-3 with the visitors after the first quarter and led 13-6 at the half.

Austin Peay opened the scoring with a 45-yard field goal by Maddux Trujillo on the first drive of the game.

Tennessee answered with a 28-yard field goal by Charles Campbell just over nine minutes through the first quarter to even the score at 3-3.

Trujillo struck again, this time from 34 yards, to put the Governors on top 6-3 with 8:15 remaining in the first half.

Tennessee made it 6-6 with 4:55 left in the half on Campbell’s 37-yard field goal.

The Volunteers finally took their first lead of the game with 15 seconds to go before halftime. Milton kept the ball and ran 6 yards for a touchdown.

Early in the third quarter, Milton relied on his arm rather than his legs to lead Tennessee to another touchdown. He connected with Keyton for a 5-yard score to increase the Volunteers’ lead to 20-6.

Campbell hit a 22-yard field goal to make it 23-6 with 6:33 left in the third quarter.

Austin Peay cut the deficit to 23-13 with 9:01 remaining in the fourth quarter. DiLiello connected with Goodman for a 52-yard touchdown after Volunteers defensive back Doneiko Slaughter fell down on the play.

Tennessee needed only 58 seconds to respond. Milton hit Castles for a 43-yard touchdown to make it 30-13 with 8:03 remaining.

Jaylen Wright led the Volunteers on the ground with 13 carries for 118 yards. Jabari Small added 13 carries for 95 yards.

—Field Level Media

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