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Halftime analysis: Tenn. 28, W. Ke

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- After a slow start, Tennessee shook loose for a 28-0 halftime lead over Western Kentucky. Here's a quick analysis:

Turning point: The Vols had just taken a 7-0 lead in the opening minutes of the second quarter when linebacker LaMarcus Thompson shot through the line and leveled Western Kentucky's Bobby Rainey 8 yards deep in the backfield, forcing a fumble. Thompson recovered at the Hilltoppers' 17-yard line, and the Vols scored on the next play. The rout was on from there.

Stat of the game: Tennessee senior quarterback Jonathan Crompton, who threw four touchdown passes all of last season, has already thrown three today. After throwing an interception on his third pass attempt, he came back to hit Luke Stocker on a 17-yard scoring pass, Quintin Hancock on a 9-yard scoring pass and Brandon Warren on a 4-yard scoring pass.

What Western Kentucky needs to do: Run the ball and get out of here alive. This is a total mismatch. The Hilltoppers have 9 yards of offense at the half and have been lucky to get the snap off before Tennessee defenders are swarming in the backfield.