KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — It didn’t take long for Team 121 to grab the lead in their home opener.
Freshman running back Ty Chandler took the opening kickoff 91 yards for the first Volunteer score in Neyland of 2017, and Tennessee was off to the races in their 42-7 win against Indiana State.
Quinten Dormady finished 13 for 18 for 194 yards and 2 touchdowns, Carlin Fils-aime rushed for 2 touchdowns and 41 yards on 3 carries, and John Kelly led the Vols in both rushing (18 carries for 80 yards) and receiving (5 receptions for 60).
In limited action, Jarrett Guarantano worked in on a few drives, throwing his first career college touchdown with 56 seconds left in the game. For the game he was 4 for 12 for 41 yards and a touchdown, but did have a few nice throws bounce off receiver’s hands.
Marquez Callaway added one reception for 37 yards and a touchdown, while receivers Brandon Johnson and Jeff George scored their first Tennessee touchdowns, as well.
The Vols held their overmatched FCS opponent Indiana State to 215 total yards and a lone touchdown scored on a short field.
A problem area for Tennessee were it’s two turnovers, both by Dormady. He fumbled near the end of the first-half and threw an interception in the endzone in the third quarter. A week after it became a national star, Tennessee’s turnover trashcan must have felt lonely on Saturday. The Vols never forced a turnover against the Sycamores.
With Florida on the horizon and star wide receiver, Jauan Jennings out for the season with a wrist injury, many fans were happy with the outcome of the game. However some fans question how the Vols will handle a SEC rival next week