Vols shut out Austin Peay as Butch Jones era begins

12:47 AM, Sep 1, 2013   |    comments
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KNOXVILLE (AP) - Rajion Neal rushed for 141 yards and Justin Worley threw three touchdown passes Saturday as Tennessee began Butch Jones' coaching tenure with a 45-0 rout of Austin Peay.

Neal and Worley sat out the entire third and fourth quarters after Tennessee scored touchdowns on each of its six first-half possessions.

Worley went 11 of 13 for 104 yards and threw touchdown passes to Devrin Young, Alton "Pig" Howard and Brendan Downs. Neal opened the scoring with a career-long 47-yard touchdown.

Jones was hired in December to turn around a storied program that has produced three straight losing seasons for the first time in over a century.

Jones replaced Derek Dooley, who was fired after going 15-21 in three years. Jones' debut had an announced attendance of 97,169.Tennessee led 21-0 before Austin Peay got a first down.

The win was also the 800th overall win for the Vols.

Austin Peay, a Football Championship Subdivision program, has lost 17 consecutive road games.

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