Looking back: Tennessee 47, Akron 26

rajion-neal.JPGKNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Tennessee’s victory over Akron wasn’t as easy as many hoped, but it also wasn’t as bad as it might have appeared.

Check out our recap below.

[<a href=”http://knoxblogs.com/evanseleven/wp-content/uploads/sites/7/2012/09/11-things-about-the-tennessee-akron-game” target=”_blank”>View the story “11 things about the Tennessee-Akron game” on Storify</a>]<h1>11 things about the Tennessee-Akron game</h1><h2>Why the Vols’ 47-26 victory might not have been as bad as it looked for three quarters</h2><p>Storified by Evan Woodbery · Sun, Sep 23 2012 00:08:25</p><div><b>1</b>. For those who watched Tennessee take three quarters to finally pull away from Akron Saturday night, head coach Derek Dooley’s post-game press conference might have seemed oddly triumphant. </div><div>Derek Dooley: Media Session Postgame Akronutsportstv</div><div><p>”I don’t think we struggled that bad, guys,” Dooley said at one point. “(Akron) averaged less than five yards an attempt for the game. These guys threw for 600 yards last week. We knew they were going to complete some passes. The worst play was the (70-yard) run. When you play teams like that, that throw it that much, we chose not to go after and blitz this quarterback and give up a cheap one. We wanted to make them earn it the hard way. If you look at it, we spotted them 10. The defense held them to 16 really, then gave up that cheap run.”</p></div><div><b>2. </b>The two turnovers and the big touchdown run just before halftime allowed the Zips to hang around much longer than they might have otherwise. It also obscured the fact that the Zips had no true touchdown “drive” all game. <br><b>3. </b>Tennessee’s offense was as dominant as it should have been in a game against an over-matched opponent. But those advantages were most obviously late in the game, when the Zips were absolutely gassed and it seemed as if Tyler Bray was just toying with the Akron secondary.</div><div>Tyler Bray settles in after early interceptionTyler Bray's 401-yard day began with a quarterback's worst nightmare. The Tennessee quarterback airmailed a pass to Akron's A…</div><div><b>4. </b>The Vols finished with 601 yards of total offense — two-thirds by air and one-third on the ground. The carries and receptions were spread around nicely.<br></div><div>akrontennboxakrontennbox</div><div><b>5.</b> We also saw plenty of young players and reserves. Offensive linemen Marcus Jackson and Alex Bullard; receivers Jacob Carter and PIg Howard; running back Quenshaun Watson; and tight end Brendan Downs.</div><div><b>6. </b>One player conspicuous by his absence in the offense was Devrin Young, who doesn’t have seem to have much of a future in the Vols’ backfield as long as Rajion Neal and Marlin Lane stay healthy.</div><div><b>7</b>. On defense, linebacker Herman Lathers hardly played at all, although it’s not clear whether his absence was related to his tender shoulder or something else. Nose guard Daniel McCullers also played sparingly, although that was largely expected.</div><div>Herman Lathers Profile – UTSPORTS.COM – University of …Full name: Herman Lathers; Born December 23, 1989 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana ; Son of Janice Lathers and Herman Brown; Majoring in Sports…</div><div><b>8.</b> Linebacker A.J. Johnson scored a touchdown but was also stuffed on a fourth-and-1 play during his stint as Wildcat quarterback. Dooley said Johnson went the wrong direction on the latter. Pig Howard and Justin King also took snaps. Still, the Wildcat wasn’t a cure-all for Tennessee’s short-yardage woes, which continue to be a problem.</div><div>On fourth-and-1, Wildcat A.J. Johnson hesitates and is stuffed. Akron takes over on downs at its own 30. UT 20-16, 2:26 in 2Q.Evan Woodbery</div><div>Wildcat QB A.J. Johnson 2-yard TD run and Derrick Brodus hits PAT to tie game. UT 7, Akron 7, 9:55 in 1Q.Evan Woodbery</div><div>Tennessee's A.J. Johnson savors Wildcat QB role » GoVolsXtra4 days ago … When A.J. Johnson's high school team in Gainesville, Ga., started the 2010 season with a blowout loss, Johnson went …</div><div><b>9.</b> Derrick Brodus should have a firmer handle on his duties as kicker for field goals and extra points after his performance Saturday. He connected four field goals and five extra points. </div><div>Derrick Brodus becomes the first #Vols kicker to make four FGs in a game since Daniel Lincoln vs. Mississippi State in 2007.Ryan Callahan</div><div><b>10.</b> Meanwhile….over in Athens, Ga., the Bulldogs were absolutely demolishing Vanderbilt. It wasn’t pretty. It’s no secret that the Vols have a tough road over the next month, with games against Georgia (next week), Alabama (in three weeks) and South Carolina (in four weeks). <br><br></div><div>Vanderbilt Commodores vs. Georgia Bulldogs – Box Score – ESPN6 hours ago … NCAA College Football Box Score. … PM ET, September 22, 2012. Sanford Stadium, ATHENS, GA … Vanderbilt Kick Returns…</div><div>Not so close this time: No. 5 Georgia romps to 48-3 win, Vanderbilt's worst …Led by quarterback Aaron Murray and a stifling defense, No. 5 Georgia raced to a 27-0 lead in the first half and went on to a 48-3 rout S…</div><div><b>11.</b> Finally, attendance was a rather disappointing but not totally unexpected 81,719, or roughly 20,000 or so short of capacity. Some suggested there were considerably fewer than 81,719 actually at Neyland Stadium, although I don’t have enough experience in crowd-estimation here to say one way or another. The next home games against Alabama in three weeks shouldn’t have any attendance problems. </div><div>Crowd gradual
ly filling out but still plenty of empty seats.September 22, 2012: 35°57′16″N, 83°55′33″W. Captured by Evan Woodbery.</div><div><i>Follow me on <a href=”https://twitter.com/tennesseebeat4″ class=””>Twitter</a>. Like us on <a href=”https://facebook.com/govolsxtra” class=””>Facebook</a>. Chat with me every Wednesday at 2 p.m.</i></div>