- The Tennessee offense opened things up to begin the second quarter, scoring twice before the 13-minute mark on carries from freshman Bryce Brown and a 17-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Jonathan Crompton to junior tight end Luke Stocker. The Volunteers scored two more times to finish the half with 28 unanswered points.
- Western sophomore running back Bobby Rainey fumbled on the Toppers’ first drive of the quarter to hand the ball to Tennessee on their own 17-yard line. Rainey’s fumble is the only Western turnover thus far, and after giving it away twice in the first quarter, Tennesssee didn’t record a turnover in the second quarter.
- The Volunteers finished the first half with 297 yards of total offense – 166 on the ground and 131 through the air compared to the Toppers’ nine yards of total offense, impaired by negative 16 yards of total rushing.
- With an opportunity to run the clock out at the end of the first half, Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin elected to burn all three of his timeouts and force the Western offense to punt. The Volunteers ended the half on their own terms, handing an off-tackle run to senior running back Montario Hardesty.
- Tennessee’s time of possession was clocked at 17 minutes, 15 seconds to Western’s 12 minutes, 45 seconds.
- Announced attendance for the season opener in Knoxville was 98,761.