It took 38 seconds for Tennessee to show there’s a chance “Rocky Top” may be heard at the Georgia Dome again in December.
The Volunteers scored 16 points in 38 seconds in the first half and used that momentum to defeat N.C. State 35-21 on Friday in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at the Georgia Dome in front of 55,529 attendees.
Playing without Calhoun’s Da’Rick Rogers, and appearing not to need the troubled wide receiver who was dismissed from the team last week, quarterback Tyler Bray and the Volunteers had no trouble doing most anything it wanted offensively against what is supposed to be one of the better defenses in the ACC. Bray passed for 332 yards and two TDs, outdueling N.C. State’s Mike Glennon (288 yards, one TD, four interceptions), and the Vols shredded the Wolfpack for 526 yards.
“It was a great game,” Bray said. “We haven’t won here since the National Championship. This was great for the state of Tennessee.”
The victory snapped a six-game losing