The Tennessee Volunteers (3-1) struggled against UMass (0-5) on Saturday, as they failed to score a single point until the 4:33 mark of the second quarter. However, the Vols eventually won, winning 17-13.
Here are three reasons why it happened.
Brandon Johnson breaks out
Heading into Saturday’s game, Brandon Johnson had recorded 18 catches for 185 yards and touchdown in seven career games. Against the Minutemen, Johnson caught 7 passes for 123 yards, including a 66-yard reception that set up John Kelly’s lone touchdown of the game.
Defense carries offense
The offense sputtered throughout the game, especially in the second half, where they gained only 58 yards of total offense.
Luckily, Bob Shoop’s bunch came to play, holding UMass to 281 yards of total offense. The Minutemen also struggled on third down, finishing 3-of-14 in those situations.
As Shoop said after the game as he headed to the elevator, “It was ugly, but we won.”
UMass handed the game to Tennesse
The Vols didn’t come out and dominate this game like they should have. Rather, UMass — who played a much better game than most thought — was unable to take advantage of the countless opportunities Tennessee provided them.