Justin Worley threw two touchdown passes and ran for another as Tennessee beat Arkansas State 34-19 Saturday in Knoxville.
Both of Worley’s TD passes were to Marquez North. The first was a 10-yard toss in the second quarter and the second was from 14-yards out as North did a fantastic job of keeping his feet in bounds. Worley finished 22 of 38 for 247 yards and he did throw his first interception of the season.
The Red Wolves actually scored first on Fredi Knighten’s 4-yard run to take a 6-0 lead, but the Vols scored 31 of the next 37 points.
Tennessee Kicker Aaron Medley hit two of three field goals, hitting from 20 and 38 yards.
The Volunteers took their first lead at 10-6 on a four yard touchdown run from Jalen Hurd in the first quarter. Tennessee stressed an improved running game all week long and did it with 168 yards while averaging 3.7 per carry. Hurd carried 23 times for 83 yards. The former Beech High School star has scored a touchdown in each of his first two games at Tennessee.
The Volunteers did lose a pair of offensive players to leg injuries. Wide receiver Von Pearson left the game with an ankle injury after catching four passes for 71 yards and tight end Ethan Wolf left with knee injury after five catches for 20 yards.
Tennessee is off to its fourth straight 2-0 start, though it has finished below .500 thus far in each year of that streak. The Vols, which is trying to end a string of four different losing seasons, plays at No. 4 Oklahoma next week.