Hannon Scores TD in Tennessee Victory
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Chris Hannon caught a 4-yard touchdown pass from Casey Clausen to help No. 19 Tennessee overcome a lackluster effort and beat Duke 23-6 Saturday.
The Volunteers (6-2) hardly looked like the motivated team that beat Alabama last week 51-43 in five overtimes or ready for next week’s trip to No. 2 Miami.
Tennessee, leading 9-6 early in the fourth quarter, finally got some momentum when Duke’s Jamin Pastore fumbled on a punt return and Corey Larkins recovered it at the Duke 37.
When Clausen capped a six-play drive with his scoring pass to Hannon with 11:10 left, the crowd cheered in relief.
But the loudest cheers of the game came when the score of the Florida-Georgia game was announced with 2 1/2 minutes left.
The Gators’ 16-13 victory tied them with Georgia and Tennessee for the lead of the Southeastern Conference East division title.
Gerald Riggs, the third-string tailback, scored on a 12-yard run with 4:20 to seal the win.
The Blue Devils (2-7), who have not beaten a ranked team since 1994′s victory over then-No. 23 Virginia, played well behind the running of Chris Douglas and Cedric Dargan.
Douglas finished with 128 yards on 29 carries, his fourth game with 100 yards or more, as the Blue Devils rolled up 299 yards on offense.
Ted Roof, in his second game since he was promoted from defensive coordinator to interim coach Oct. 19 when head coach Carl Franks was fired, used Adam Smith and Chris Dapolito at quarterback and kept Tennessee’s defense busy.
The Blue Devils had two fourth-quarter drives reach inside the Tennessee 20, but they came away with no points on two missed field goals.
Clausen won his 30th game as a starter to be the only other quarterback besides Peyton Manning with at least 30 wins.
The teams were tied at halftime after scoring two field goals apiece, and many local Tennessee fans who spent $39.95 to watch the game on pay-per-view probably wanted their money back.
Tennessee, a 26-point favorite, looked unmotivated on offense and defense in the first half.
Clausen completed a 40-yard pass to Tony Brown to start the second quarter, but Tennessee lost two yards taking a knee after a bad snap on the next play. The Vols settled for James Wilhoit’s 45-yard field goal to end the drive.
Brent Garber kicked a 54-yarder for Duke, and Wilhoit added a 38-yard field goal.
Duke got the ball last in the second half and drove 71 yards to the Tennessee 20, where Matt Brooks tied the game with a 37-yard field goal as time ran out.