Vols beat Appalachian State in overtime, 20-13

Butch Jones addresses the media after Tennessee's 20-13 overtime win over Appalachian State.

It took Tennessee all four quarters and then some to beat Appalachian State in Neyland Stadium to start the season. 

It was an ugly game, for the Volunteers, as they never really seemed to be in sync on offense. 

After forcing App State to punt on its first drive, Cameron Sutton fumbled the return, leading to a 5-yard touchdown run from Mountaineers quarterback Taylor Lamb. 

Senior linebacker and leader Jalen Reeves-Maybin was ejected early in the game, for targeting on an App State punt return. The defense was able to handle the loss however, giving up only six more points after his ejection.

Those points came in the second quarter, this time on a Taylor Lamb 33-yard touchdown pass to running back Marcus Cox.

The Tennessee offense struggled for most of the night, managing only two field goals in the first three quarters. But in the fourth, the Vols began the comeback, with quarterback Joshua Dobbs hitting receiver Josh Malone for a 67-yard touchdown pass.

After a missed field goal from App State and a stop from the Tennessee defense, the game went into overtime. The go-ahead touchdown came in an unexpected way. On 3rd down and goal, Dobbs would dive for a touchdown, but he fumbled on the 1-yard-line. Running back Jalen Hurd came to the rescue, recovering the ball in the end zone.

It was the first lead of the game for Tennessee.

The Vol defense would hold App State, winning the game 20-13 in overtime. Tennessee's next matchup will be The Battle at Bristol against Virginia Tech next Saturday.

(© 2016 WBIR)


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