Vols rack up numbers (and injuries) in slaughter of Akron

AP photo by Wade Payne / Tennessee running back Jaylen Wright (20) leaps for the end zone as he’s tackled by Akron linebacker Bubba Arslanian (27), defensive back KJ Martin (15) and linebacker Bryan McCoy (40) during the second half of Saturday night's game in Knoxville.

KNOXVILLE — There were big numbers aplenty Saturday night during 15th-ranked Tennessee's 63-6 trampling of Akron.

The Volunteers racked up 416 first-half yards and 676 total yards. Sixth-year senior quarterback Hendon Hooker compiled a robust efficiency rating of 253.5, and junior receiver Jalin Hyatt produced his first career 100-yard game with ease, amassing 166 yards on just five catches.

Yet the biggest number of all was the packed house of 101,915 inside Neyland Stadium that watched the Vols do the expected by crushing one of the worst teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision. Akron is just 4-29 since the start of the 2019 season.

"This was a good, solid win tonight in all three phases, and our fan base was just absolutely electric," Tennessee second-year coach Josh Heupel said. "It was the best 'Vol Walk' I've ever been a part of, and the sellout crowd with all the energy and the noise was just a huge part of this football game."

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