KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WJHL) – The Tennessee Volunteers are hosting the UTSA Roadrunners on Saturday, and defeated the Roadrunners by a score of 45 to 14.
Vols quarterback Joe Milton set the tone on the first play from scrimmage, as he scampered for an 81-yard touchdown run. Milton finished the day completing 18-of-31 passes for 209 yards and two touchdowns, while adding 89 yards and score on the ground.
Dylan Sampson had a banner day out of the backfield, as well. He carried the ball eleven times for 139 yards and two touchdowns of his own.
Nine different players caught a pass in the win, as Ramel Keyton and Kaleb Webb each hauled in receiving touchdowns.
Kickoff happened at 4 p.m. at Neyland Stadium, and the game is airing on the SEC Network. Some overcast skies are predicted with temperatures in the upper 70s at kickoff.
The Vols kicked off the homestand 2-1 after suffering their first loss to rival Florida down in the swamp last week. With an L next to the Vols’ first conference matchup, the team is looking to bounce back with a commanding win over the Roadrunners before conference play resumes.
Tennessee is a 21.5-point favorite over UTSA, who come to Knoxville after a 37-29 loss to Army. The Roadrunners sit near the bottom of the American Athletic Conference standings with a 1-2 record.
The Vols currently hold the No. 23 ranking following the loss to the Gators, which knocked them to the second-to-last standing in the SEC East. Tennessee is looking to patch up leaks that led to several penalties in the Florida game and build confidence before hosting South Carolina on Sept. 30.
UTSA represents the near-end of non-conference play for the Vols. With the exception of a November visit from Connecticut, the Vols will square off against SEC opponents for the remainder of the season.
Some local schools had the opportunity to perform at Saturday’s game with the Vols’ Pride of the Southland Band. Those schools included Chuckey Doak, North Greene and 6 other high schools.