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No. 25 Vols use fast start to breeze past Indiana State 42-7

Tennessee wide receiver Brandon Johnson (7) catches a touchdown pass in front of Indiana State safety Lonnie Walker II (2) in the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Ty Chandler returned the opening kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown, Carlin Fils-aime had two scoring runs and N. 25 Tennessee breezed to a 42-7 victory over Football Championship Subdivision program Indiana State on Saturday.

Five days after John Kelly ran for four touchdowns in Tennessee’s 42-41 double-overtime triumph over Georgia Tech, he shared the spotlight with his backups in a game that had much less suspense. Kelly ran for 80 yards and caught five passes for 60 yards to lead the Volunteers (2-0) in rushing and receiving, but two guys below him on the depth chart scored Tennessee’s first three touchdowns.

Chandler took the opening kickoff just to the right of the right hash, easily shed an attempted arm tackle as he approached his own 35 and ran untouched the rest of the way. Chandler is the first Tennessee true freshman to score on a kickoff return since Leonard Scott did it against Georgia in 1999.

“It was a great way to start,” Tennessee coach Butch Jones said. “We talked about starting fast, and obviously we were able to start fast.”

Fils-aime, who didn’t have a single carry against Georgia Tech, scored on two of his three rushing attempts Saturday. His 4-yard burst up the middle and 30-yard sprint around the left end put Tennessee ahead 21-0.

“I thought Carlin did some good things,” Jones said. “Carlin’s been working hard.”

The Vols made it 28-0 late in the second quarter on Quinten Dormady’s 19-yard pass to Brandon Johnson, the first career touchdown for the son of former major league catcher Charles Johnson.

“I don’t know if we’ll play in a louder venue than we played in tonight,” Indiana State coach Curt Mallory said. “Just playing in there and being able to go against some of the speed, we’re certainly going to be able to grow from the experience.”

Dormady had played the entire Georgia Tech game after winning a preseason competition with redshirt freshman Jarrett Guarantano. Both quarterbacks played Saturday, with Guarantano making his college debut on Tennessee’s third possession ofthe game.

Dormady was 13 of 18 for 194 yards with two touchdown passes to go along with two turnovers _ one fumble and an interception. Guarantano went 4 of 12 for 41 yards with a touchdown pass.