Tennessee explodes for record-breaking 1st half against UT Martin
No. 3 Tennessee is in cruise control against UT Martin at Neyland Stadium on Saturday.
The Volunteers looked as if they were fighting a slight hangover from a historic win over Alabama a week ago, their first over the Crimson Tide since 2006. It was a 14-7 Tennesssee lead at one point, with the Skyhawks in the midst of a potential game-tying drive in the 1st quarter. But it ended in an interception by walk-on defensive back William Wright.
Since then, it’s been all Volunteers, who have taken a 52-7 lead into the locker room. The 52 1st-half points is a new program record, breaking the previous mark of 49 set in 2000 against Louisiana-Monroe.
The Vols ultimately won that one 70-3, with the 70 points the most scored in an entire contest in program history. That number looks as if it will be in jeopardy unless Josh Heupel’s team takes its foot off the gas pedal with this one already decided.
At halftime, @Vol_Football leads UT Martin, 52-7.
It's a program record for points in a half, surpassing the previous record of 49—set on Sept. 23, 2000 against Louisiana-Monroe. pic.twitter.com/gSTiAfv2Vy
— Tennessee Stats & Info (@Vol_Stats) October 22, 2022
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