Highlights from Butch Jones’ post-game presser following Tennessee’s 20-13 overtime win over Appalachian State in Knoxville:

Jones praised Appalachian State and gave credit to it for challenging the Vols.

Jones said he stuck with his formula, despite the team doing several uncharacteristic things to fall behind.

Jones admitted that tackling was an issue for the Vols in their opener.

Jones praised Cortez McDowell, who stepped in after senior Jalen Reeves-Maybin was ejected in the first quarter.

Jones credited Appalachian State’s defensive line for its strong effort against the much larger Tennessee offensive line.

Jones commented on Joshua Dobbs’ second quarter interception, which prevented the Vols from scoring before halftime.

Jones credited the Mountaineers for managing the game clock with a late game lead.

Jones said that winning Thursday was all that mattered, regardless of being a heavy favorite.

Jones also credited sophomore Micah Abernathy, who made his first career start at free safety.