Scores

Final

Arkansas State 27

(1-2, 0-2 away)

Tennessee 48

(2-2, 2-0 home)

7:00 PM ET, September 22, 2007

Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, TN

1 2 3 4 T
ARST 7 10 3 727
TENN 17 14 7 1048

Top Performers

Passing: E. Ainge (TENN) - 334 YDS, 4 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: R. Arnold (ARST) - 16 CAR, 130 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: L. Taylor (TENN) - 7 REC, 104 YDS, 2 TD

Tennessee 48, Arkansas St. 27

Associated Press

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Erik Ainge threw for four touchdowns and a career-high 334 yards to help Tennessee beat Arkansas State 48-27 Saturday night.

Lucas Taylor caught touchdown passes of 17 yards and 24 yards and LaMarcus Coker caught a 25-yarder and scored on a 2-yard run. Ainge completed 28 of 40 passes with an interception and Tennessee (2-2) rushed for a season-high 188 yards.

Corey Leonard threw for one touchdown and was 18-for-35 with 199 yards passing and two interceptions for Arkansas State (1-2). Josh Arauco kicked field goals of 44 and 37 yards.

Daniel Lincoln completed his seventh and eighth straight field goals of 29 and 39 yards, giving him the best season start for a Tennessee kicker in history.

Reggie Arnold, who had 130 yards rushing for Arkansas State, had a 1-yard TD run with 14:54 in the fourth quarter.

Robert Ayres doubled Tennessee's sack total for the season by bringing down Leonard twice. Brent Vinson and Marsalous Johnson each picked him off.

Tennessee's defense, entered the game ranked 102nd nationally, gave up 377 yards, Arkansas State's lowest total this season.

For the first time this season, Tennessee scored before its opponent. Taylor broke a tackle to stretch into the end zone after catching Ainge's 17-yard pass to put the Vols up 7-0 with 12:11 in the first quarter.

Arkansas State cut made it 17-14 in the second quarter when Tyrell Johnson intercepted Ainge's pass intended for Chris Brown and ran it back 54 yards for a touchdown.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
ARST
TENN
1st Downs1730
Total Yards377523
Passing199335
Rushing178188
Penalties6-463-25
3rd Down Conversions6-145-13
4th Down Conversions0-00-0
Turnovers31
Possession27:4132:19

Passing Leaders

Arkansas StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Leonard18/351995.712
TennesseeC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Ainge27/393348.641

Rushing Leaders

Arkansas StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Arnold161308.1144
Brown4379.3018
TennesseeCARYDSAVGTDLG
Coker151016.7127
Foster12574.8114

Receiving Leaders

Arkansas StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Dejohnette35317.7045
Thompkins44912.3027
TennesseeRECYDSAVGTDLG
Taylor710414.9224
Briscoe66510.8026

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERARSTTENN
TD12:11Lucas Taylor 17 Yd Pass From Erik Ainge (Daniel Lincoln Kick)
Drive: 7 plays, 64 yds, 2:49
07
TD09:22Chris Miller 6 Yd Pass From Corey Leonard (Josh Arauco Kick)
Drive: 6 plays, 60 yds, 2:42
77
TD06:29Chris Brown 15 Yd Pass From Erik Ainge (Daniel Lincoln Kick)
Drive: 8 plays, 89 yds, 2:47
714
FG00:38Daniel Lincoln 29 Yd
Drive: 9 plays, 55 yds, 3:21
717
SECOND QUARTERARSTTENN
TD09:13Tyrell Johnson 54 Yd Interception Return (Josh Arauco Kick) 1417
TD02:21Lamarcus Coker 25 Yd Pass From Erik Ainge (Daniel Lincoln Kick)
Drive: 7 plays, 80 yds, 2:49
1424
TD01:00Arian Foster 5 Yd Run (Daniel Lincoln Kick)
Drive: 5 plays, 40 yds, :39
1431
FG00:00Josh Arauco 44 Yd
Drive: 6 plays, 30 yds, :51
1731
THIRD QUARTERARSTTENN
FG12:47Josh Arauco 37 Yd
Drive: 6 plays, 47 yds, 2:07
2031
TD06:26Lamarcus Coker 2 Yd Run (Daniel Lincoln Kick)
Drive: 6 plays, 19 yds, 3:01
2038
FOURTH QUARTERARSTTENN
TD14:54Reggie Arnold 1 Yd Run (Josh Arauco Kick)
Drive: 8 plays, 82 yds, 3:26
2738
TD13:37Lucas Taylor 24 Yd Pass From Erik Ainge (Daniel Lincoln Kick)
Drive: 5 plays, 65 yds, 1:17
2745
FG08:57Daniel Lincoln 39 Yd
Drive: 10 plays, 67 yds, 3:52
2748