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Second half strikes again; Vols lose to Gators at Neyland

Second half strikes again; Vols lose to Gators at Neyland

Right up until the second half Saturday night, the incredible momentum that energized Knoxville for the past week seemed like it might be enough to carry the Tennessee Volunteers to a victory against the Florida Gators for the first time in eight meetings.

The Vols were up 14-10 in front of a sell-out crowd of more than 102,000.

 

But then the 2nd half happened to a team that's had some memorable 2nd half meltdowns in the past few years.

Then the Gators scored 27 points.

Vols beat NC State 35-21

Vols beat NC State 35-21

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Tyler Bray completed 27-of-41 passes for 333
yards and threw for two touchdowns to lead Tennessee to a 35-21 win over North
Carolina State on Friday.

Cordarrelle Patterson hauled in six balls for 93 yards and caught a touchdown
and added another score with a 67-yard run. Zach Rogers caught a 72-yard
touchdown and Rajion Neal carried the ball 22 times for 53 yards and a
touchdown for the Volunteers (1-0), who posted a disappointing 5-7
record last season.

It's Football Time in Tennessee!

It's Football Time in Tennessee!

 

It's the day Vol fans have been waiting for, the start of the 2012 football season.    

It's been a long offseason for the team having to dwell on a loss to Kentucky for the last eight months.

But today the Vols open up the season against NC State.

The arrived in Atlanta yesterday afternoon.

This is the first time in 73 years that the team has played a regular season game on a Friday.

The Vols will take on the Wolfpack tonight at the Georgia Dome at 7:30 p.m.

The game will be aired on ESPU-U.

Trail builders cut path along Tellico Reservoir

Trail builders cut path along Tellico Reservoir

A network of trails is taking shape along the Tellico Reservoir.

It's a partnership powered by TVA and carried out by a group of retired folks.

About a decade ago, volunteers formed the Watershed Association of the Tellico Reservoir.

The acronym is WATeR.

Larry Benson is the WATeR president.

"It's good exercise for my heart and my body and it's just a good thing to do for people," he said.

McMinn Central football player battles disease

McMinn Central football player battles disease

Dylan Cochran has a lot more on his mind than just victory on the field. 

His ordeal began last year when went to the doctor with a suspected concussion after a helmet-to-helmet hit. But doctors had a much more serious diagnosis for the 17-year-old.

A disease called Adreoleukodystrophy (ALD) threatens to disable him.

Now his family is hoping a bone marrow transplant will help keep him on the field.

As one of McMinn Central Football's kickers, he's got to be cool under pressure, but not even his illness seems to rattle him.

Claire Donahue's former coach watches achievements from London

Claire Donahue's former coach watches achievements from London

"You say 'wow, she's really here; she has really made it,'" John Matson recalled Friday -- just 24 hours since returning from London to watch his former student in the pinnacle of her career.

Lenior City native Claire Donahue competed in the 100 meter butterfly in the 2012 Olympics last Sunday. Friday, she helped the U.S. women's team get to the finals of the 400 meter relay.

It has been a long road to get to the London Aquatics Centre for the 23-year-old, a road that began in Blount County. That's where Matson first met Donahue more than a decade ago.