Scores

Final

Akron 26

(1-3, 0-2 away)

Tennessee 47

(3-1, 0-1 SEC)

Coverage: GamePlan

7:30 PM ET, September 22, 2012

Neyland Stadium, KNOXVILLE, TN

1 2 3 4 T
AKR 10 13 0 326
TENN 10 13 7 1747

Top Performers

Passing: T. Bray (TENN) - 401 YDS, 4 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: R. Neal (TENN) - 22 CAR, 151 YDS

Receiving: J. Hunter (TENN) - 8 REC, 115 YDS, 1 TD

Tyler Bray, Rajion Neal power Tennessee to win vs. Akron

Associated Press

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tyler Bray threw for 401 yards and four touchdowns and Rajion Neal rushed for a career-high 151 yards Saturday night as Tennessee pulled away in the second half for a 47-26 victory over Akron.

Bray's 3-yard touchdown pass to Neal with 6:47 left in the third quarter broke a 23-23 tie and put the Volunteers (3-1) ahead for good. After giving up the game's final 24 points last week in a 37-20 loss to Florida, Tennessee ended Saturday's game on a 17-0 run and finished the night with 633 yards of total offense.

Bray also threw touchdown passes to Brendan Downs, Justin Hunter and Jacob Carter, though he also had one interception that was returned for a touchdown by Akron's Avis Commack. Downs and Carter scored their first career touchdowns, while Hunter caught eight passes for 115 yards and a touchdown.

Akron's Dalton Williams went 27 of 49 for 229 yards, but he was intercepted three times and didn't throw a touchdown pass. Byron Moore had two of Tennessee's three interceptions.

Akron (1-3) headed into Neyland Stadium on a 21-game road losing streak and had been outscored 256-19 in its five previous games with Southeastern Conference opponents, but the Zips gave Tennessee all it could handle. With his legendary father, Bobby Bowden, watching from the Akron section of the stands, Zips coach Terry Bowden displayed the acumen that helped him post a 47-17-1 record at Auburn from 1993-98.

Although they were outgained 368-202 in the first half, the Zips continually capitalized on Tennessee mistakes and went into halftime tied 23-23.

Akron seemed ready to regain the lead after driving to Tennessee's 15 on its first possession of the second half, but Moore picked off a pass intended for Tyler Williams near the goal line for his second interception of the night.

Tennessee got an even bigger break later in the third quarter when a fumble by tight end Mychal Rivera was overturned on replay. When officials determined Rivera was down before losing the ball, it allowed Tennessee to maintain possession on the Akron 36. The Vols drove down the field from there and scored a tiebreaking touchdown on Bray's pass to Neal.

Akron wouldn't go away.

The Zips cut the lead to 30-26 with 14:50 remaining when Robert Stein connected on a 37-yarder for his fourth field goal of the night. That kick was made possible by Bowden's decision to go for it on fourth-and-1 from his own 40, as Jawon Chisholm dove 2 yards to keep the drive going.

Derrick Brodus answered with a 28-yard field goal -- his fourth of the night -- on Tennessee's next drive to extend the lead to seven again.

This time, Akron wouldn't respond.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
AKR
TENN
1st Downs1833
Total Yards344633
Passing229401
Rushing115232
Penalties6-405-30
3rd Down Conversions5-155-14
4th Down Conversions1-10-2
Turnovers32
Possession28:3631:24

Passing Leaders

AkronC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Williams27/492294.703
TennesseeC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Bray27/434019.341

Rushing Leaders

AkronCARYDSAVGTDLG
Hines67612.7170
Chisholm14533.8017
TennesseeCARYDSAVGTDLG
Neal221516.9029
Lane9475.2014

Receiving Leaders

AkronRECYDSAVGTDLG
Suel12927.7019
D'Orazio67212.0020
TennesseeRECYDSAVGTDLG
Hunter811514.4125
Rogers37224.0048

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERAKRTENN
TD14:25Avis Commack 44 Yd Interception Return (Robert Stein Kick) 70
TD09:55A.J. Johnson 2 Yd Run (Derrick Brodus Kick) 77
FG06:55Derrick Brodus 37 Yd 710
FG03:27Robert Stein 45 Yd 1010
SECOND QUARTERAKRTENN
FG14:53Derrick Brodus 23 Yd 1013
FG10:40Robert Stein 32 Yd 1313
TD08:12Brendan Downs 6 Yd Pass From Tyler Bray (Derrick Brodus Kick) 1320
FG05:04Robert Stein 37 Yd 1620
TD02:14Quentin Hines 70 Yd Run (Robert Stein Kick) 2320
FG01:03Derrick Brodus 22 Yd 2323
THIRD QUARTERAKRTENN
TD06:47Rajion Neal 3 Yd Pass From Tyler Bray (Derrick Brodus Kick) 2330
FOURTH QUARTERAKRTENN
FG14:50Robert Stein 37 Yd 2630
FG12:28Derrick Brodus 28 Yd 2633
TD09:02Justin Hunter 19 Yd Pass From Tyler Bray (Derrick Brodus Kick) 2640
TD06:34Jacob Carter 24 Yd Pass From Tyler Bray (Derrick Brodus Kick) 2647