Boxscore
Tennessee 35, North Carolina State 21
Friday, August 31, 2012 7:30 PM
Location - Georgia Dome
Attendance - 55529

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Tennessee 22 0 10 3 35
North Carolina State 7 7 0 7 21

Recap


Tennessee 35, North Carolina State 21:
Junior college transfer Cordarrelle Patterson caught a 41-yard touchdown pass and ran 67 yards for another in his debut as the Volunteers outlasted the Wolfpack at the Georgia Dome.
 
Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray threw for 332 yards and two scores.
 
Patterson (six catches, 93 yards) replaced former All-SEC receiver Da’Rick Rogers, who was suspended and later transferred to Tennessee Tech. Patterson had two carries for 72 yards.
 
The Volunteers, who had one of the worst rushing offenses in the nation last season, produced 193 yards on opening night and their defense picked off four Mike Glennon passes.
 
Patterson got behind All-American cornerback David Amerson for his 41-yard scoring catch 3:29 into the game, but the Volunteers missed the extra point. After Tony Creecy put the Wolfpack ahead with a 2-yard run, Bray found Zach Rogers across the middle and the senior went 72 yards to put Tennessee up for good.
 
The Volunteers increased their lead to 15-7 with a safety after Glennon fumbled into the end zone with 51 seconds left in the first quarter. Only 22 seconds later, Patterson showed his speed on an end around to give Tennessee a 22-7 lead.
 
Tennessee settled for a 22-14 advantage at the half after Bray fumbled on third and goal at the N.C. State 1 with 11 seconds left.
 
GAME NOTEBOOK: Tennessee broke its six-game losing streak at the Georgia Dome. … This was the first meeting since 1939. … N.C. State has not opened the season at a neutral site since 1992 against Iowa at Giants Stadium. … Glennon threw for 287 yards – 129 to Quintin Payton.
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 11:31
Tennessee   TD  North Carolina State 0 - Tennessee 6
1st Quarter - 5:15
North Carolina State   TD  North Carolina State 7 - Tennessee 6
1st Quarter - 1:07
Tennessee   TD  North Carolina State 7 - Tennessee 13
1st Quarter - 0:51
Tennessee   S  North Carolina State 7 - Tennessee 15
1st Quarter - 0:29
Tennessee   TD  North Carolina State 7 - Tennessee 22
2nd Quarter - 3:42
North Carolina State   TD  North Carolina State 14 - Tennessee 22
3rd Quarter - 4:17
Tennessee   TD  North Carolina State 14 - Tennessee 29
3rd Quarter - 1:28
Tennessee   FG  North Carolina State 14 - Tennessee 32
4th Quarter - 13:46
North Carolina State   TD  North Carolina State 21 - Tennessee 32
4th Quarter - 1:44
Tennessee   FG  North Carolina State 21 - Tennessee 35
TEAMS

Team Records

  Tennessee North Carolina State
W/L 1 - 0 - 0 0 - 1 - 0
Conference 0 - 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 0

Team Stats

  Tennessee North Carolina State
Score 35 21
First Downs 23 22
3rd Down Efficiency 9-for-19
47%
6-for-16
38%
4th Down Efficiency 0-for-2
0%
1-for-3
33%
Total Yards 524 407
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 38-191 32-119
Average/Rush 5.0 3.7
Passing
Comp-Att 27-41 27-48
Passing Yards 333 288
Average/Pass Play 7.9 5.9
Penalties-Yards 6-35 4-40
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 3-0
Interceptions Thrown 0 4
Time of Possession 31:47 28:13

PLAYER STATS

Tennessee (1 - 0)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
T. Bray 27/41 333 2 0
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
M. Glennon 27/46 288 1 4
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
M. Lane Jr. 9 75 8.3 0
C. Patterson 2 72 36.0 1
R. Neal 22 53 2.4 1
D. Young 2 -2 -1.0 0
T. Bray 2 -5 -2.5 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
M. Greene 11 53 4.8 0
T. Creecy 10 48 4.8 1
J. Washington 5 12 2.4 1
M. Glennon 6 6 1.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
C. Patterson 6 93 15.5 1
Z. Rogers 2 87 43.5 1
J. Hunter 9 73 8.1 0
J. Carter 1 20 20.0 0
B. Bartholomew 2 19 9.5 0
M. Lane Jr. 2 19 9.5 0
M. Rivera 1 13 13.0 0
V. Dallas 1 7 7.0 0
D. Young 1 4 4.0 0
R. Neal 2 -2 -1.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
Q. Payton 4 129 32.2 0
A. Watson 4 50 12.5 0
M. Carter 5 46 9.2 0
T. Palmer 4 28 7.0 0
J. Washington 3 10 3.3 0
B. Underwood 3 9 3.0 1
M. Greene 1 9 9.0 0
C. Hegedus 1 7 7.0 0
T. Creecy 1 1 1.0 0
R. Smith 1 -1 -1.0 0
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