broke open a tie ballgame by outscoring Cincinnati
31-9 over the final three quarters to win 45-23 in front of 94,207 at Neyland Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Quarterback Tyler Bray broke a record previously held by Peyton Manning by passing for a least two touchdowns in his eighth consecutive game.
Bray finished 34-of-41 passing for 405 yards and four touchdowns (33, 11, 15, 16).
Tight end Mychal Rivera logged career-high numbers for the Big Orange with receptions (six) and yards (54).
Tennessee outgained its Big East Conference visitors in total yardage 531-396.
The Vols were a remarkable 10 of 13 on third-down conversions while their foes were 5 of 12. They also posted a lopsided figure on first downs by picking up 34, compared to Cincinnati's 18.
The Volunteers improved to 2-0 for the first time since 2006 and built quite a bit of momentum before hitting the road to Florida for their Southeastern Conference opener.
Mother Nature cooperated quite nicely for Tennessee's second game after rain and lightning provided delays in its season opener last week. The bright sunshine led to a gorgeous afternoon to photograph the Volunteers on the football field. Get a sample of the type of images InsideTennessee.com is putting out by viewing this free gallery.
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