It wasn’t pretty, but it will do.
Tennessee showed its youth early during a 59-30 win over Bowling Green that was colored by inconsistencies.
What the win means for Tennessee: One game won’t derail the hype train that is Tennessee, but the 25th-ranked Volunteers might not be so confident after giving up 30 points to Bowling Green, especially with Big 12 power Oklahoma coming to town next weekend. The running game was rock solid with 399 yards in the season-opener, but the secondary showed major room for improvement and the passing game must find its rhythm.
What the loss means for Bowling Green: A play here and a play there, and things might have been different. When coach Dino Babers and his staff review the game film tomorrow, they’ll surely be kicking themselves with all the missed opportunities, whether it was settling for field goals or making miscues on special teams. When the Falcons came back from a lightning delay, they simply didn't have the juice to keep up the fight. A trip to Maryland is next.
Player of the game: With 123 yards and three touchdowns rushing, Jalen Hurd certainly deserves the accolade. But give Alvin Kamara credit for re-introducing himself to college football in a big way. The former Alabama running back ran for 144 yards and two touchdowns in his first Division-I action since walking the sidelines as a freshman in 2013.
Uh, what?: It’s no wonder Tennessee’s secondary was out of sorts against Bowling Green, allowing 426 yards and two touchdowns through the air. Just before kickoff, the defensive backs found out that their position coach, Willie Martinez, wouldn’t be with them because of a minor NCAA infraction that had him suspended for the game.