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Pass rush helps sluggish Tennessee outlast UMass 17-13

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee coach Butch Jones often follows closer-than-expected victories by saying that he never will apologize for a win.

This time, he had a different postgame approach.

''At the end of the day, it's all about getting the victory, but (that was) just flat-out unacceptable,'' Jones said Saturday after Tennessee staggered to a 17-13 victory over 27 1/2-point underdog Massachusetts. ''The performance is unacceptable. We'll get back to work tonight and correct it and correct our deficiencies.''

Tennessee (3-1) was trying to bounce back from a 26-20 loss at No. 20 Florida in which the Vols allowed a tiebreaking 63-yard touchdown pass as time expired. Jones' staff was roasted all week for everything from Tennessee's red-zone play calling to its defensive strategy on the game's final play.

The Vols' performance against UMass (0-5) won't quiet that criticism. Tennessee struggled to put away a winless team that played the entire game without star tight end Adam Breneman and most of the second half without starting quarterback Andrew Ford due to injuries.

''There's no excuse to come out here and play the way we did,'' Tennessee offensive tackle Brett Kendrick said.

Tennessee was held scoreless for the game's first 25 minutes and final 22 minutes. The sluggish performance amid summer-like conditions resulted in a sterile Neyland Stadium atmosphere. Although the announced attendance was 95,324, there appeared to be approximately 30,000 or so fewer fans than that in the fourth quarter as UMass attempted to rally.

The Vols survived thanks to a pass rush that recorded seven sacks, their highest single-game total since 2008. Tennessee's John Kelly rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown. Brandon Johnson added seven catches for 123 yards for career highs in both categories.

''We played better than them,'' UMass linebacker Bryton Barr said. ''They're a heck of a team, obviously, but just eliminate a couple of mistakes and we're winning that game.''

Tennessee overcame two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties, including one on Jones that gave UMass first-and-goal on its first touchdown drive.

''I'll take full responsibility,'' Jones said of the penalty. ''That's on me. I also think it was a byproduct of huddling our sideline and talking to our team. The official thinks I'm talking to him and then did talk to him and, you know, that's on me. (I was) trying to give our team a spark as well.''

UMass threatened to take the lead with less than 10 minutes left when Andy Isabella's 42-yard run put the Minutemen at the Tennessee 38. 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 Minutemen's next drive stalled after UMass got as far as Tennessee's 45. Tennessee clinched the victory when UMass lost the ball on downs at its own 17 with 22 seconds left.

''I'm proud of the way they played,'' UMass coach Mark Whipple said. ''We wanted to get it to a one-possession game in the fourth quarter, and we did. We just couldn't make the play that we needed to, to get us over the top.''

Both teams used backup quarterbacks for part of the second half. UMass' Ross Comis took over for the injured Ford late in the third quarter. Tennessee's Jarrett Guarantano replaced Quinten Dormady late in the third quarter, but Dormady returned after the Vols failed to move the ball on Guarantano's three series.

THE TAKEAWAY

UMass: Kicking woes and poor pass protection have hurt UMass all season, and the pattern continued on Saturday. Michael Schreiner missed an extra-point attempt that would have tied the game in the second quarter. Logan Laurent replaced Schreiner and made UMass' second extra-point try. UMass had allowed a Football Bowl Subdivision-high 5.75 sacks per game before Saturday and has now increased that average to 6.0.

Tennessee: The Vols must sort out their quarterback situation after neither Dormady nor Guarantano could move the ball consistently on Saturday. Dormady was 17 of 27 for 187 yards with a touchdown pass and fumble. Guarantano was 2 of 5 for minus-3 yards and had three carries for 4 yards.

STUBBORN AGAINST SEC

UMass has gone 0-4 against SEC teams over the last two years but has been competitive in each of those games.

In three games with SEC schools last season, UMass trailed Florida 10-7 at the start of the fourth quarter before losing 24-7 and also fell 47-35 to Mississippi State and 34-28 to South Carolina. UMass actually led Mississippi State at halftime.

MEDICAL REPORT

An ankle injury prevented Breneman from playing. Tennessee center Jashon Robertson and defensive tackle Shy Tuttle were announced as scratches shortly before the opening kickoff due to unspecified injuries. UMass played the second half without injured offensive tackle Jack Driscoll.

NEXT UP

UMass hosts Ohio.

Tennessee hosts No. 11 Georgia.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 2:51
99-L.Laurent extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
13
17
Touchdown 2:51
7-A.Ford complete to 6-S.Palmer. 6-S.Palmer runs 13 yards for a touchdown.
10
plays
75
yds
04:41
pos
12
17
Field Goal 7:36
25-A.Medley 40 yards Field Goal is Good.
6
plays
18
yds
1:29
pos
6
17
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:25
25-A.Medley extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
6
14
Touchdown 0:25
12-Q.Dormady complete to 10-T.Byrd. 10-T.Byrd runs 8 yards for a touchdown.
10
plays
62
yds
02:32
pos
6
13
Missed Point After Touchdown 2:57
23-M.Schreiner extra point is no good.
plays
yds
pos
6
7
Touchdown 2:57
2-R.Comis runs 5 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
69
yds
01:36
pos
6
7
Point After TD 4:33
25-A.Medley extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 4:33
4-J.Kelly runs 12 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
85
yds
01:44
pos
0
6
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Team Stats
1st Downs 15 18
Rushing 6 8
Passing 7 9
Penalty 2 1
3rd Down Conv 3-14 7-18
4th Down Conv 0-1 0-0
Total Net Yards 251 319
Total Plays 59 71
Avg Gain 4.3 4.5
Net Yards Rushing 144 135
Rush Attempts 37 39
Avg Rush Yards 3.9 3.5
Net Yards Passing 107 184
Comp. - Att. 13-22 19-32
Yards Per Pass 4.9 5.8
Sacked - Yards Lost 7-30 0-0
Penalties - Yards 2-10 -4--31
Touchdowns 2 2
Rushing TDs 1 1
Passing TDs 1 1
Other 0 0
Turnovers 0 2
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 2-2
Int. Thrown 0 0
Punts - Avg 10-40.4 8-48.9
Return Yards 17 37
Punts - Returns 3-17 3-27
Kickoffs - Returns 0-0 1-10
Int. - Returns 0-0 0-0
Kicking 1/2 3/4
Extra Points 1/2 2/2
Field Goals 0/0 1/2
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Massachusetts 0-5 067013
Tennessee 3-1 0143017
107 PASS YDS 184
144 RUSH YDS 135
251 TOTAL YDS 319
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
A. Ford 7 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
64.7% 129 1 0 147.9
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
64.3% 1333 7 1 149.1
A. Ford 11/17 129 1 0
R. Comis 2 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
40% 8 0 0 53.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
35.3% 94 0 0 81.7
R. Comis 2/5 8 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
M. Young 8 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
14 76 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
74 301 4
M. Young 14 76 0 39
B. Ally 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
10 49 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
27 106 0
B. Ally 10 49 0 8
A. Isabella 23 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 44 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
7 91 1
A. Isabella 2 44 0 42
B. Dingle 10 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 0 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 -2 0
B. Dingle 1 0 0 0
R. Comis 2 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 -5 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
12 21 1
R. Comis 5 -5 1 5
A. Ford 7 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 -18 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
45 -82 2
A. Ford 5 -18 0 -3
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
A. Isabella 23 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 46 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
23 352 3
A. Isabella 3 46 0 36
S. Palmer 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 43 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
20 282 1
S. Palmer 3 43 1 21
M. Young 8 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 20 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
14 91 0
M. Young 2 20 0 11
J. Herring 15 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 14 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 56 0
J. Herring 1 14 0 14
J. Brown 88 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 7 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 7 0
J. Brown 1 7 0 7
T. Reynolds 87 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 20 0
T. Reynolds 1 5 0 5
J. Britt 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 3 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 122 1
J. Britt 1 3 0 3
B. Dingle 10 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 77 0
B. Dingle 0 0 0 0
K. Horn 85 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 -1 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 5 0
K. Horn 1 -1 0 -1
Defense T-A SACK INT
B. Barr 44 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-3 0 0.0
B. Barr 9-3 0.0 0
J. Addo 26 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-1 0 0.0
J. Addo 8-1 0.0 0
J. Monteiro 27 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
J. Monteiro 5-2 0.0 0
I. Rodgers 9 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 1 0.0
I. Rodgers 4-0 0.0 0
D. Downey 4 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
D. Downey 4-2 0.0 0
J. Porter 28 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
J. Porter 3-0 0.0 0
S. Casali 34 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
S. Casali 3-1 0.0 0
T. Hayes 30 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
T. Hayes 3-0 0.0 0
J. Previte 61 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
J. Previte 3-0 0.0 0
J. Byczko 97 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
J. Byczko 3-1 0.0 0
B. Goodson 14 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
B. Goodson 1-0 0.0 0
A. Ali-Musa 90 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
A. Ali-Musa 1-1 0.0 0
L. Moses 3 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
L. Moses 1-1 0.0 0
S. Holines 95 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
S. Holines 1-1 0.0 0
C. Calhoun 35 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
C. Calhoun 1-0 0.0 0
M. Patton 96 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
M. Patton 1-1 0.0 0
C. Ogbonna 17 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
C. Ogbonna 1-0 0.0 0
T. Lebeau 32 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
T. Lebeau 1-0 0.0 0
C. Timite 94 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
C. Timite 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
L. Laurent 99 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 1/1
SEASON FG XP
0/0 1/1
L. Laurent 0/0 0 1/1 1
M. Schreiner 23 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 0/1
SEASON FG XP
0/4 13/14
M. Schreiner 0/0 0 0/1 0
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
L. Laurent 99 K
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
10 40.4 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
32 41.2 2
L. Laurent 10 40.4 2 54
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
I. Rodgers 9 CB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 5.7 8 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
8 2.4 8 0
I. Rodgers 3 5.7 8 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
Q. Dormady 12 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
63% 187 1 0 133.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
58.7% 861 6 4 128.2
Q. Dormady 17/27 187 1 0
J. Guarantano 2 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
40% -3 0 0 35.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
35.3% 38 1 0 73.5
J. Guarantano 2/5 -3 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
J. Kelly 4 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
25 101 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
81 450 6
J. Kelly 25 101 1 27
T. Byrd 10 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 15 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 15 0
T. Byrd 1 15 0 15
T. Chandler 3 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 13 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
17 64 0
T. Chandler 5 13 0 7
C. Fils-Aime 27 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
8 58 2
C. Fils-Aime 2 6 0 4
J. Guarantano 2 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 10 0
J. Guarantano 3 4 0 5
Q. Dormady 12 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
9 4 0
Q. Dormady 1 2 0 2
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
B. Johnson 7 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
7 123 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
18 205 1
B. Johnson 7 123 0 66
T. Byrd 10 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 21 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 21 1
T. Byrd 2 21 1 13
Et. Wolf 82 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 17 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 87 1
Et. Wolf 2 17 0 9
T. Chandler 3 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 11 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 42 0
T. Chandler 1 11 0 11
J. Smith 25 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 10 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 20 0
J. Smith 2 10 0 5
J. Palmer 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 6 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 42 0
J. Palmer 1 6 0 6
J. George 19 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 6 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 34 1
J. George 1 6 0 6
M. Callaway 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 198 3
M. Callaway 0 0 0 0
A. Pope 81 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 -1 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 9 0
A. Pope 1 -1 0 0
J. Kelly 4 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 -9 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
18 182 0
J. Kelly 2 -9 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
Q. Sapp 14 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 0.0
Q. Sapp 6-2 0.0 0
D. Bituli 35 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
D. Bituli 5-0 0.0 0
E. Moseley 12 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
E. Moseley 4-0 0.0 0
C. Jumper 53 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 2.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 2.5
C. Jumper 3-1 2.5 0
J. Martin 8 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
J. Martin 3-1 0.0 0
R. McKenzie Jr. 99 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 1.0
R. McKenzie Jr. 3-1 1.0 0
M. Abernathy 22 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
M. Abernathy 3-0 0.0 0
K. Vickers 39 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.5
K. Vickers 2-3 0.5 0
R. Gaulden 7 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 1 0.0
R. Gaulden 2-0 0.0 0
D. Taylor 19 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
D. Taylor 2-0 0.0 0
J. Kongbo 1 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 1.0
J. Kongbo 2-1 1.0 0
A. Johnson 98 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
A. Johnson 2-0 1.0 0
El. Berry 41 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
El. Berry 2-0 1.0 0
N. Warrior 18 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
N. Warrior 2-1 0.0 0
J. Palmer 5 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
J. Palmer 2-0 0.0 0
K. Phillips 5 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
K. Phillips 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
A. Medley 25 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 2/2
SEASON FG XP
2/3 16/16
A. Medley 1/1 40 2/2 5
B. Cimaglia 30 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/1 0/0
SEASON FG XP
1/4 0/0
B. Cimaglia 0/1 0 0/0 0
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
T. Daniel 93 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
8 48.9 4
SEASON NO AVG IN20
21 47.6 4
T. Daniel 8 48.9 4 56
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
M. Callaway 1 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 10.0 10 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 11.5 10 0
M. Callaway 1 10.0 10 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
M. Callaway 1 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 9.0 12 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
8 13.6 12 0
M. Callaway 3 9.0 12 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:39 MA 4 3:02 6 25 Punt
7:54 MA 48 1:05 4 6 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
1:09 MA 27 0:24 7 2 Punt
9:58 MA 2 3:32 6 59 Punt
4:33 MA 25 1:36 7 75 TD
0:25 MA 25 0:00 1 -2 End of Quarter
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 MA 25 0:54 3 -3 Punt
10:53 MA 11 1:42 3 -6 Punt
7:32 MA 25 4:41 10 75 TD
1:23 MA 30 0:59 3 1 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:11 MA 20 1:36 3 7 Punt
10:04 MA 20 2:58 5 36 Punt
5:34 TENN 48 1:39 3 3 Punt
1:09 MA 15 0:43 4 2 Downs
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 TENN 35 1:11 3 7 Fumble
10:29 TENN 29 2:26 6 23 Fumble
6:39 TENN 19 5:25 12 54 FG Miss
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:16 TENN 30 2:09 6 15 Punt
6:17 TENN 20 1:44 5 80 TD
2:57 TENN 25 2:32 10 75 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:41 TENN 36 2:41 7 10 Punt
9:03 MA 40 1:27 5 18 FG
2:46 TENN 34 1:13 3 -4 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:13 TENN 44 0:00 3 1 Punt
12:23 TENN 33 2:13 5 13 Punt
6:58 TENN 11 1:17 3 -3 Punt
3:47 TENN 20 2:30 6 26 Punt
0:22 MA 17 0:00 1 -2 Game