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Chandler's big day helps Tennessee trounce UTEP 24-0

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt's reaction to Ty Chandler's third-quarter breakaway revealed just how much work the Volunteers still must do as they enter Southeastern Conference competition.

Chandler rushed for 158 yards and had an 81-yard touchdown Saturday to spark a Tennessee offense that had struggled with missed opportunities in a 24-0 victory over UTEP.

''He got out there and did a good job finishing that run,'' Pruitt said. ''It's a good thing he did because I'm not sure we wouldn't have gotten another penalty (otherwise) before we got it in the end zone, so I'm glad he got in the end zone.''

Tennessee's red-zone troubles prevented the Vols from pulling away from a 31-point underdog until the second half.

UTEP (0-3) hasn't led all season and has lost 15 consecutive games, the longest active skid of any Football Bowl Subdivision team. The Miners haven't won a game since beating North Texas in their 2016 season finale.

Tennessee (2-1) knows it must play better from here on out because the competition gets much tougher. Tennessee hosts Florida next weekend in its SEC opener.

''Now the real season starts,'' Pruitt said.

Chandler's big-play ability and Tennessee's improving defense made sure the Vols never faced a serious threat from UTEP.

On Tennessee's first play from scrimmage in the second half, Chandler ran through a giant hole on the left side of the line and raced down the sideline untouched for the Volunteers' longest run from scrimmage since LaMarcus Coker's 87-yarder in a 39-10 victory over Vanderbilt in 2006. The touchdown extended Tennessee's lead to 17-0.

Chandler had carried the ball just once this season before Saturday. He didn't play in a 59-3 blowout of East Tennessee State last week after Pruitt said he got his ''bell rung'' early in a season-opening 40-14 loss to No. 14 West Virginia. In his return to action Saturday, Chandler needed just 12 carries to gain his 158 yards.

''It felt great,'' Chandler said. ''It's just a blessing to be back out there. I was excited to be out there playing with those other guys and just doing my part and doing everything I can.''

Tennessee's Jarrett Guarantano was 12 of 16 for 168 yards with a 4-yard touchdown pass to Jauan Jennings. Tennessee's defense never allowed UTEP's offense to get beyond the Vols' 33-yard line.

''We were down by 10 at the half and had the football to start the second half,'' UTEP coach Dana Dimel said. ''You feel like a drive there can get you back into the spot you need to be. But we go three-and-out and give up the big play on defense. That was a big two series in the ballgame, a big swing of momentum.''

UTEP stayed relatively close until halftime because Tennessee scored a total of three points on its first two trips to the red zone.

The Vols settled for Brent Cimaglia's 38-yard field goal with 2:39 left in the first quarter after a chop-block penalty nullified Chandler's 7-yard touchdown run. On Tennessee's next drive, Jeremy Banks fumbled on second-and-1 from the UTEP 3.

Tennessee had entered the day as one of just five Football Bowl Subdivision teams that hadn't lost a turnover this season.

THE TAKEAWAY

UTEP: Miners quarterback Kai Locksley can make things happen with his mobility, but his lack of passing accuracy remains a major concern. Locksley went 9 of 22 for 39 yards Saturday and has completed just 41.8 percent of his passes this season. Dimel said after the game that Locksley had been dealing with an illness this week. UTEP entered Saturday with the lowest passing efficiency rating of any FBS team.

Tennessee: Pruitt said the Vols hadn't practiced particularly well this week, and that was evident from the mistakes they made in the red zone. Tennessee had done a nice job of avoiding penalties and turnovers before this game. This team has little margin for error as it enters SEC play, so those mistakes must be corrected.

HELPING EVACUEES

The announced attendance of 87,074 included 1,067 Hurricane Florence evacuees who were given free tickets before the game.

Tenea Strayhorn of Beaufort, North Carolina , said the game provided a ''perfect distraction'' that allowed evacuees such as herself to think about something other than the storm for a few hours.

NEXT UP

UTEP hosts New Mexico State on Saturday.

Tennessee hosts Florida on Saturday.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 11:14
42-B.Cimaglia extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
24
Touchdown 11:14
2-J.Guarantano complete to 15-J.Jennings. 15-J.Jennings runs 4 yards for a touchdown.
13
plays
84
yds
01:06
pos
0
23
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 13:49
42-B.Cimaglia extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
17
Touchdown 13:49
8-T.Chandler runs 81 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
81
yds
00:12
pos
0
16
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 10:49
42-B.Cimaglia extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
10
Touchdown 10:49
9-T.Jordan runs 3 yards for a touchdown.
3
plays
36
yds
01:04
pos
0
9
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 3:01
42-B.Cimaglia 38 yards Field Goal is Good.
16
plays
80
yds
07:19
pos
0
3
Team Stats
1st Downs 7 24
Rushing 4 14
Passing 2 9
Penalty 1 1
3rd Down Conv 2-14 4-12
4th Down Conv 0-0 1-1
Total Net Yards 134 498
Total Plays 51 69
Avg Gain 2.6 7.2
Net Yards Rushing 95 345
Rush Attempts 28 50
Avg Rush Yards 3.4 6.9
Net Yards Passing 39 153
Comp. - Att. 9-23 13-19
Yards Per Pass 1.7 8.1
Sacked - Yards Lost 0-0 2-14
Penalties - Yards 6-42 8-65
Touchdowns 0 3
Rushing TDs 0 2
Passing TDs 0 1
Other 0 0
Turnovers 0 2
Fumbles - Lost 1-0 3-2
Int. Thrown 0 0
Punts - Avg 12-39.3 6-39.0
Return Yards 25 5
Punts - Returns 1-0 3-5
Kickoffs - Returns 1-25 0-0
Int. - Returns 0-0 0-0
Kicking 0/0 4/4
Extra Points 0/0 3/3
Field Goals 0/0 1/1
Safeties 0 0
1234T
UTEP 0-3 00000
Tennessee 2-1 377724
39 PASS YDS 153
95 RUSH YDS 345
134 TOTAL YDS 498
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
K. Locksley 1 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
40.9% 39 0 0 55.8
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
40.9% 39 0 0 55.8
K. Locksley 9/22 39 0 0
R. Metz 12 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 0.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 0.0
R. Metz 0/1 0 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
T. Hughes 19 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 33 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 33 0
T. Hughes 5 33 0 18
Q. Wadley 4 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 33 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
8 33 0
Q. Wadley 8 33 0 9
K. Locksley 1 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
9 24 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
9 24 0
K. Locksley 9 24 0 9
K. Johnson 7 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 6 0
K. Johnson 2 6 0 4
J. Fields 25 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 -1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 -1 0
J. Fields 4 -1 0 3
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
K. Foster 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 21 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 21 0
K. Foster 2 21 0 14
W. Redix 10 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 15 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 15 0
W. Redix 2 15 0 9
D. Lucero 18 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 4 0
D. Lucero 1 4 0 4
F. McKee 35 FB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 2 0
F. McKee 1 2 0 2
K. Johnson 7 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 1 0
K. Johnson 1 1 0 1
T. Juniel 2 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
T. Juniel 0 0 0 0
Q. Wadley 4 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
Q. Wadley 0 0 0 0
J. Rone 36 DB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
J. Rone 0 0 0 0
W. Dawn Jr. 26 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
W. Dawn Jr. 0 0 0 0
A. Busey 9 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
A. Busey 0 0 0 0
W. Dimel 38 FB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 -4 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 -4 0
W. Dimel 2 -4 0 -2
Defense T-A SACK INT
M. Sota 55 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
M. Sota 2-0 1.0 0
D. Parsee 6 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
D. Parsee 1-0 1.0 0
J. Smith 29 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Smith 1-0 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
M. Crawford 46 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
12 39.3 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
12 39.3 3
M. Crawford 12 39.3 3 49
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Juniel 2 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 25.0 25 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 25.0 25 0
T. Juniel 1 25.0 25 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Juniel 2 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
T. Juniel 1 0.0 0 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. Guarantano 2 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
75% 168 1 0 183.8
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
75% 168 1 0 183.8
J. Guarantano 12/16 168 1 0
K. Chryst 19 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
33.3% -1 0 0 30.5
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
33.3% -1 0 0 30.5
K. Chryst 1/3 -1 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
T. Chandler 8 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
12 158 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
12 158 1
T. Chandler 12 158 1 81
M. London 31 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
9 74 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
9 74 0
M. London 9 74 0 28
T. Jordan 9 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
13 49 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
13 49 1
T. Jordan 13 49 1 14
J. Banks 33 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
9 45 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
9 45 0
J. Banks 9 45 0 23
J. Guarantano 2 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 20 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
6 20 0
J. Guarantano 6 20 0 14
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
J. Palmer 84 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 64 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 64 0
J. Palmer 2 64 0 53
B. Johnson 7 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 51 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 51 0
B. Johnson 4 51 0 29
J. Jennings 15 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 22 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 22 1
J. Jennings 3 22 1 14
D. Wood-Anderson 4 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 21 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 21 0
D. Wood-Anderson 2 21 0 11
M. Callaway 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 8 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 8 0
M. Callaway 1 8 0 8
M. London 31 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 1 0
M. London 1 1 0 1
Defense T-A SACK INT
D. Kirkland Jr. 34 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
D. Kirkland Jr. 1-0 1.0 0
D. Bituli 35 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
D. Bituli 1-0 1.0 0
B. Thompson 20 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
B. Thompson 1-0 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
B. Cimaglia 42 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 3/3
SEASON FG XP
1/1 3/3
B. Cimaglia 1/1 38 3/3 6
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
J. Doyle 47 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 39.0 4
SEASON NO AVG IN20
6 39.0 4
J. Doyle 6 39.0 4 51
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
M. Callaway 1 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 1.7 13 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
3 1.7 13 0
M. Callaway 3 1.7 13 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:25 UTEP 25 2:58 7 29 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
2:39 UTEP 25 2:11 7 21 Punt
13:31 UTEP 2 1:27 3 0 Punt
10:49 UTEP 25 2:48 8 36 Punt
3:38 UTEP 13 1:45 4 9 Punt
0:58 UTEP 14 0:31 3 17 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 UTEP 25 0:50 3 6 Punt
13:49 UTEP 25 2:26 6 19 Punt
7:30 UTEP 7 1:36 4 5 Punt
4:25 UTEP 20 2:54 5 13 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:07 UTEP 25 2:37 5 16 Punt
4:56 UTEP 9 1:47 3 4 Punt
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 TENN 25 1:27 4 17 Punt
10:20 TENN 19 7:19 16 60 FG
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:43 TENN 35 1:03 3 64 Fumble
11:53 UTEP 36 1:04 3 36 TD
7:53 TENN 20 4:06 8 41 Punt
1:40 TENN 29 0:42 4 6 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:01 TENN 19 0:12 1 81 TD
11:16 TENN 16 3:34 8 38 Punt
5:43 UTEP 46 1:10 3 1 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
1:24 TENN 29 1:06 13 72 TD
8:23 TENN 14 3:17 6 37 Punt
3:02 TENN 46 2:32 6 33