Hokies and Volunteers alike enjoy Fanfest ahead of Battle at Bristol

According to Bristol officials, it took more than 1,500 workers 19 days to transform the speedway into the football arena.

Dobbs, Jalen Hurd and Alvin Kamara form one of the most explosive backfields in the nation and now that Tennessee had its opening-week scare out of the way, the Vols should roll tonight in front of the largest crowd for a college football game ever. The drop was largely due to impressive week two performances by the Louisville Cardinals and Wisconsin Badgers.

Tennessee's overtime victory over Appalachian State in Week 1 marked UT's 12th overtime win in school history - the most among FBS programs since the overtime rule was implemented during the 1995-96 bowl season. The team moved up two spots from #17 last week, which put the Vols back on top as the highest ranked SEC East team. We can look back 10 or 20 years from now and say we were a part of this. "The field is the same size and you have to try as much as you can to block that out", said Rogers, who scored Virginia Tech's first touchdown.

The Vols look too good on paper to continue to play poorly, Butch Jones has to get his team ready to go in this one. After the Volunteers went three-and-out and punted, the Hokies marched down the field again to take a 7-0 lead. Five plays later Dobbs scored on a third down draw play from 5 yards out to pull the Volunteers ahead 24-14 lead at the break.

"We watched on film (FIU cornerbacks) were going to play soft often so that was something we were going to attack", Moore said.

Travon McMillian, who led all rushers with 127 yards on 14 attempts, ripped off a 69-yard burst off left tackles to make it 14-0 at the 2:48 mark. VT's next snap? A fumble (!), which the Vols jumped on and brought to the end zone on the first offensive play to wrap up their scoring. Tennessee cashed in right away as Dobbs hit Jauan Jennings on a fade pattern 17 seconds into the quarter.

Former Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning runs onto the field for the coin toss before an NCAA college football game between Tennessee and Virginia Tech at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016, in Bristol, Tenn. Dobbs finished 10/19 for 91 yards with 3 TDs and a pick, good for a robust 4.8 YPA ( 3 YPA outside of the bomb to Malone), though he did have 106 yards on the ground.

Taking advantage of the Hokies' miscues was the main reason Tennessee won so handily despite being outgained in total offense, 400-330. "I want those players and coaches to remember their time at Bristol Motor Speedway". Virginia Tech had to protect the ball better than they did last week.

But the Hokies' tendency for crippling errors helped the Vols gain traction. Virginia Tech quarterback Jerod Evans opened the scoring with an impressive eight play, 62-yard Hokie drive with a seven-yard touchdown pass to Sam Rogers.



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