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Volunteers beat Southern Mississippi after first-half struggle

Sep 9, 2007 - 3:53 AM KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (Ticker) -- Arian Foster rushed for 125 yards and two touchdowns as No. 24 Tennessee beat Southern Mississippi, 39-19, on Saturday in a game that was closer than the final score indicated.

Erik Ainge completed 23-of-36 passes for 276 yards and two touchdowns for Tennessee (1-1), which took control in the second half after Southern Mississippi led for a majority of the first and second quarters.

Ainge found John Briscoe for a five-yard touchdown pass with 37 seconds left in the second quarter as Tennessee took its first lead since the 9:29 mark in the first quarter.

"I have to credit Austin (Rogers), Lucas (Taylor) and Josh (Briscoe)" Ainge said. "They are all playing well. The potential has always been there, so we aren't shocked that they're where they're supposed to be every time."

The Volunteers carried a 17-16 lead into the break before they sealed the victory in the second half.

Daniel Lincoln hit a 36-yard field goal to extend Tennessee's lead to 20-16 on its first possession of the second half.

The defense held Southern Mississippi to a three-and-out on the following possession and Foster capped off a five-play, 54-yard drive with a nine-yard TD run, as the Volunteers lead swelled to 27-16.

Foster cemented the win with 8:41 left in the fourth quarter when he scored his second touchdown from the goal line, giving the Volunteers a 34-19 lead.

"The game felt good," Foster said. "We knew they would bring blitzes, and that it would take a while to get the running game going. The coaches came out in the second half with a good game plan."

The Golden Eagles opened the scoring with a field goal on their first possesion of the game.

After the Volunteers responded with a 26-yard touchdown pass from Ainge to Austin Rodgers, Southern Mississippi (1-1) scored on the first play of the ensuing drive when Jeremy Young hit Chris Johnson for a 69-yard touchdown to take a 10-7 lead.

"It gave us a lot of confidence because we didn't have to depend on the running game," Young said. "We had a chance to come out and get some passing in and we did a good job but it just wasn't good enough."

The Golden Eagles increased their lead to 13-7 when Britt Barefoot converted a 51-yard field goal with 3:54 left in the first quarter.

Lincoln hit a 38-yard field goal to cap off a 10-play, 50-yard drive as Tennessee moved within 13-10.

After the Volunteers failed to convert on fourth down, Southern Mississippi took advantage, extending its lead to 16-10 on Justin Estes' second field goal of the half. However, Southern Mississippi managed only three more points in the game as Estes added a field goal with 4:09 left in the third quarter.

"I'm really glad to get the win," Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer said. "We knew coming in that Southern Mississippi was a tough football team. They'll have a great season."

While Fulmer was happy with the victory, Southern Mississippi coach Jeff Bower was upset with his team's performance.

"I'm disappointed in the way we played," Bower said. "We had chances to score and we settled for field goals and we needed to get touchdowns."

After surrendering 45 points to California in its first game of the season, Tennessee's defense didn't play much better, allowing 354 total yards of total offense.








  • NCAAF FINAL
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    SOUTHERN MISS 13 3 0 3 19
    TENNESSEE (24) 10 7 10 12 39 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: SOUTHERN MISS - FG, JUSTIN ESTES 30 YD, 2:43.
    SOUTHERN MISS 3-0
    TENNESSEE - TD, AUSTIN ROGERS 26 YD PASS FROM
    ERIK AINGE (DANIEL LINCOLN
    KICK), 5:31. TENNESSEE 7-3
    SOUTHERN MISS - TD, CHRIS JOHNSON 69 Y

    Sep 8 10:34 PM


  • NCAAF
    SAFETY TENNESSEE
    BALL THROUGH END ZONE
    SOUTHERN MISS 19
    TENNESSEE (24) 39 5:29 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Southern Mississippi vs. Tennessee(24)Sep 8 10:21 PM


  • NCAAF
    FG TENNESSEE
    DANIEL LINCOLN 47 YD
    SOUTHERN MISS 19
    TENNESSEE (24) 37 6:33 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Southern Mississippi vs. Tennessee(24)Sep 8 10:16 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD TENNESSEE
    ARIAN FOSTER 1 YD RUN
    (DANIEL LINCOLN KICK)
    SOUTHERN MISS 19
    TENNESSEE (24) 34 8:32 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Southern Mississippi vs. Tennessee(24)Sep 8 10:07 PM


  • NCAAF
    FG SOUTHERN MISS
    JUSTIN ESTES 24 YD
    SOUTHERN MISS 19
    TENNESSEE (24) 27 12:19 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Southern Mississippi vs. Tennessee(24)Sep 8 9:57 PM


  • NCAAF END, 3RD QTR
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    SOUTHERN MISS 13 3 0 16
    TENNESSEE (24) 10 7 10 27 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: SOUTHERN MISS - FG, JUSTIN ESTES 30 YD, 2:43.
    SOUTHERN MISS 3-0
    TENNESSEE - TD, AUSTIN ROGERS 26 YD PASS FROM
    ERIK AINGE (DANIEL LINCOLN
    KICK), 5:31. TENNESSEE 7-3
    SOUTHERN MISS - TD, CH

    Sep 8 9:50 PM


  • NCAAF FINAL
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    SOUTHERN MISS 13 3 0 16
    TENNESSEE (24) 10 7 10 27 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: SOUTHERN MISS - FG, JUSTIN ESTES 30 YD, 2:43.
    SOUTHERN MISS 3-0
    TENNESSEE - TD, AUSTIN ROGERS 26 YD PASS FROM
    ERIK AINGE (DANIEL LINCOLN
    KICK), 5:31. TENNESSEE 7-3
    SOUTHERN MISS - TD, CHRIS JOHNSON 69 Y

    Sep 8 9:49 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD TENNESSEE
    ARIAN FOSTER 9 YD RUN
    (DANIEL LINCOLN KICK)
    SOUTHERN MISS 16
    TENNESSEE (24) 27 8:13 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Southern Mississippi vs. Tennessee(24)Sep 8 9:28 PM


  • NCAAF
    FG TENNESSEE
    DANIEL LINCOLN 36 YD
    SOUTHERN MISS 16
    TENNESSEE (24) 20 12:04 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Southern Mississippi vs. Tennessee(24)Sep 8 9:12 PM


  • NCAAF HALFTIME
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    SOUTHERN MISS 13 3 16
    TENNESSEE (24) 10 7 17 HALFTIME
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: SOUTHERN MISS - FG, JUSTIN ESTES 30 YD, 2:43.
    SOUTHERN MISS 3-0
    TENNESSEE - TD, AUSTIN ROGERS 26 YD PASS FROM
    ERIK AINGE (DANIEL LINCOLN
    KICK), 5:31. TENNESSEE 7-3
    SOUTHERN MISS - TD, CHRIS JOHN

    Sep 8 8:44 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD TENNESSEE
    JOSH BRISCOE 5 YD PASS FROM ERIK AINGE
    (DANIEL LINCOLN KICK)
    SOUTHERN MISS 16
    TENNESSEE (24) 17 0:41 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Southern Mississippi vs. Tennessee(24)Sep 8 8:38 PM


  • NCAAF
    FG SOUTHERN MISS
    JUSTIN ESTES 40 YD
    SOUTHERN MISS 16
    TENNESSEE (24) 10 5:18 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Southern Mississippi vs. Tennessee(24)Sep 8 8:27 PM


  • NCAAF END, 1ST QTR
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    SOUTHERN MISS 13 13
    TENNESSEE (24) 10 10 END, 1ST QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: SOUTHERN MISS - FG, JUSTIN ESTES 30 YD, 2:43.
    SOUTHERN MISS 3-0
    TENNESSEE - TD, AUSTIN ROGERS 26 YD PASS FROM
    ERIK AINGE (DANIEL LINCOLN
    KICK), 5:31. TENNESSEE 7-3
    SOUTHERN MISS - TD, CH

    Sep 8 7:54 PM


  • NCAAF
    FG TENNESSEE
    DANIEL LINCOLN 38 YD
    SOUTHERN MISS 13
    TENNESSEE (24) 10 0:37 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Southern Mississippi vs. Tennessee(24)Sep 8 7:51 PM


  • NCAAF
    FG SOUTHERN MISS
    BRITT BAREFOOT 51 YD
    SOUTHERN MISS 13
    TENNESSEE (24) 7 3:54 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Southern Mississippi vs. Tennessee(24)Sep 8 7:41 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD SOUTHERN MISS
    CHRIS JOHNSON 69 YD PASS FROM JEREMY YOUNG
    (JUSTIN ESTES KICK)
    SOUTHERN MISS 10
    TENNESSEE (24) 7 9:11 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Southern Mississippi vs. Tennessee(24)Sep 8 7:30 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD TENNESSEE
    AUSTIN ROGERS 26 YD PASS FROM ERIK AINGE
    (DANIEL LINCOLN KICK)
    SOUTHERN MISS 3
    TENNESSEE (24) 7 9:29 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Southern Mississippi vs. Tennessee(24)Sep 8 7:25 PM


  • NCAAF
    FG SOUTHERN MISS
    JUSTIN ESTES 30 YD
    SOUTHERN MISS 3
    TENNESSEE (24) 0 12:17 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Southern Mississippi vs. Tennessee(24)Sep 8 7:16 PM
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