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No.3 Volunteers scrape out a win in season opener

Rick Clausen went 17-for-24 for 217 yards and a touchdown to lead the No.3 Tennessee Volunteers to a 17-10 win over the UAB Blazers in the teams’ season opener on Saturday.

The Volunteers were listed as a huge 52.5-point favorite at home but struggled to just pull out the win. The combined score of 27 fell UNDER the posted total (53.5).

C.J. Fayton had five catches for 97 yards and a touchdown, while Gerald Riggs Jr. ran for 110 yards on 23 carries but failed to find the end zone in the victory.

Darrell Hackney completed 27 of 38 passes for 282 yards and threw one touchdown in the loss for UAB.