Top 25: Tennessee Volunteers start fast in rout of Indiana State Sycamores

By The Sports Xchange  |  Sept. 9, 2017 at 11:31 PM
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Freshman running back Ty Chandler returned the opening kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown and sophomore running back Carlin Fils-aime scored two touchdowns, leading No. 25 Tennessee to a 42-7 rout of Indiana State on Saturday at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn.

Volunteers junior quarterback Quinten Dormady completed 13 of 18 passes with two touchdowns and an interception to help Tennessee improve to 2-0 and set up a showdown next week with No. 22 Florida.

Chandler, a four-star recruit out of Nashville, split the Sycamores' coverage unit down the middle, shaking off an attempted one-armed tackle and showing off his speed by pulling away for the tone-setting touchdown.

Fils-aime scored on runs of 30 and 4 yards, and Dormady threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Johnson to send the Volunteers into halftime with a 28-0 lead.

Indiana State quarterback Cade Sparks threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Jacquet McClendon to open the second half, cutting the Vols' lead to 28-7

Dormady answered with a 37-yard touchdown pass to Marquez Callaway late in the third quarter.

Heralded freshman quarterback Jarrett Guarantano saw his first game action of the season for the Vols and capped a fourth-quarter scoring drive with an 11-yard touchdown pass to receiver Jeff George. Guarantano completed 4 of 12 passes for 41 yards.

Sparks completed 8 of 17 for 70 yards, and running back Lemonte Booker rushed for 76 yards on 15 carries for the Sycamores.

Tennessee's defense did not allow Indiana State to convert a third down (0-for-11) and held the Sycamores to 215 total yards.

Tennessee was coming off a double-overtime, comeback win over Georgia Tech, but didn't have nearly the stress against the Sycamores (0-2) out of the FCS.

Now, the Volunteers can turn their attention to next week's showdown in the Swamp with Florida. The Volunteers scored 38 straight points to come from behind and beat Florida last season. The win ended an 11-year losing streak to the Gators.

NOTES: With a trip to Florida next week, Tennessee coach Butch Jones rested several players. Senior S Evan Berry, sophomore WR Tyler Byrd, freshman WR Latrell Williams, sophomore OT Marcus Tatum and sophomore LB Austin Smith sat out. ... Indiana State was facing its first SEC opponents since 1995, when the Sycamores lost at Ole Miss 56-10. ... RB Ty Chandler's 91-yard kickoff return for a touchdown was the 11th kick-return touchdown by the Vols under coach Butch Jones.

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