Butch Jones on Tennessee's 17-13 win over UMass: 'Just flat-out unacceptable'

Paola Ditto
Settembre 24, 2017

"They're a heck of a team, obviously, but just eliminate a couple of mistakes and we're winning that game". The Minutemen are averaging 2.6 yards per carry this season and have rushed for just 354 yards. If not for the defense stopping a UMass offense without its starting quarterback or leading receiver, the Vols could have been answering how they lost to an 0-4 team that is generally regarded as one of the worst teams in college football. The junior left-hander had a career-high 377 yards passing last week in a 29-21 loss to Temple.

The way Georgia's defense was playing, that was plenty. Looking ahead to Georgia?

Tennessee totaled just 319 yards but limited UMass to 281.

From there, the teams traded touchdowns to end the half.

It was the third time in four years that A&M and Arkansas needed overtime to decide a victor, and the Aggies continued to serve as a stumbling block for the Razorbacks. "It's the maturity of a young football team to understand that you have to be 1-0 every day".

Kelly sprinted around the left side and scored from 12 yards out on the next play for a 7-0 lead with 4:33 before the break.

Ross Comis took over and completed 2-of-5 passes for 8 yards.

Young gained 76 yards on 14 carries. Ford ran for 102 yards and had a pair of touchdowns.

After Florida handed the Vols their first loss of the season last week in Gainesville by way of a last second touchdown pass, Tennessee sputtered its way to a 17-13 win over UMass in front of an announced attendance of 95,324. Tennessee coach Butch Jones asked.

The Vols' performance against UMass (0-5) won't quiet that criticism.

Ugly seems like a kind way to describe Tennessee's win against UMass. But the Minutemen went backward from there - thanks in part to a Jonathan Kongbo sack - and punted on fourth-and-16 at the 44.

The next drive by the Minutemen stalled after they got as far as the Tennessee 45. UMass took over with 1:11 remaining but turned the ball over on downs seconds before the end.

Both teams used their backup quarterbacks for much of the second half.

Ford got the Minutemen across midfield quickly, however, as he followed up Young's 15-yard burst with a 36-yard completion to Isabella before Alexis Johnson's third-down sack halted the threat. Aaron Medley kicked the next field goal in the 3rd quarter, hitting from 40 yards out. Andrew Ford connected with Sadiq Palmer to cut Tennessee's lead to 17-13 with 2:51 remaining in the third.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Danny Etling responded to a barrage of bruising blitzes with touchdown passes of 87 and 43 yards, and No. 25 LSU overcame bouts of inconsistency in a 35-26 victory over a relentless Syracuse squad on Saturday night.

Tennessee (3-1) was out of sync, lethargic and at times looked uninterested in what was happening on the field. The senior's first two kicks sailed 56 and 53 yards. O'Connor had 232 yards receiving.

Syracuse gave LSU's offensive line fits throughout the game, once penetrating into the backfield to bring down Williams for a safety on the first play of a drive that began at the Tigers 1. The Vols got a field goal on their second drive of the third quarter, then the offense stopped.

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