Tennessee did something against Ball State that took 11 games to accomplish last season

One of the big concerns about the Tennessee Vols entering the 2022 season was whether or not they could keep the pressure on opposing defenses past the first quarter.

The Vols had several quick starts last season, only to slow down after the first quarter. As a result, keeping your foot on the gas was a priority for Tennessee this offseason.

Based on Thursday night against Ball State, it looks like the Vols have made some progress in this area.

Last season, it took Tennessee until their 11th game of the season to score more points in the second quarter than in the first quarter (they also accomplished that feat the following week against Vanderbilt).

September 1, 2022; Knoxville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Volunteers wide receiver Walker Merrill (19) scores a touchdown against the Ball State Cardinals during the first half at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin – USA TODAY Sports

Thursday night against Ball State, the Vols once again got off to a fast start scoring 17 points in the first quarter. But they didn’t let go after their first start — Tennesse scored 21 points in the second quarter.

Of course, it’s just Ball State. But that’s something the Vols didn’t do last season against teams like Bowling Green or Tennessee Tech.

It’s obviously the start of the season and we still have a lot to learn about the 2022 version of the Flights. But their ability to keep their foot on the accelerator is certainly a good sign.

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