Tennessee 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.