ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 31: Head coach Derek Dooley of the Tennessee Volunteers celebrates with the leather helmet after their 35-21 over the North Carolina State Wolfpack at Georgia Dome on August 31, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Tennessee Vs. NC State Preview: Vols Begin Season Right With 35-21 Win

Tennessee flexed its SEC muscles in a 35-21 win over NC State.

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Tennessee Fans Dies Of Georgia Dome Fall

Isaac Grub, a Tennessee fan who fell from the upper level at the Georgia Dome on Friday has died. The victim was 20-year-old and attending the Tennessee vs. N.C. State game when he fell from about 35 feet from the upper deck and landed on another fan.

Grubb was in the Tennessee student section area when the tragedy occurred. Witnesses said he was celebrating the Vols second touchdown when he fell. Grubb was pronounced dead at a local hospital shortly before midnight.

This was the second instance in as many days of a fan falling to his death at a football stadium. A 25-year-old man fell 60 feet from an escalator at Reliant Stadium in the Texans' final preseason game against the Vikings on Thursday night.

For more on the Tennessee Volunteers, check out Rocky Top Talk. N.C. State fans should visit Backing the Pack. For the latest on all things SEC, head over to Team Speed Kills and join the discussion.

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Tennessee Vs. NC State Reaction: Vols Calm Concerns

The Tennessee Volunteers and N.C. State Wolfpack football squads faced off in Atlanta at the Georgia Dome on Friday night with the Vols entering the game with a litany of concerns, according to blogger Joel Hollingsworth of Rocky Top Talk.

But Tennessee quieted many of those concerns with an impressive victory over the Wolfpack, 35-21, but there are still some things that the Vols need to iron out as the season progresses:

Even better, there were enough glitches and errors and failures to finish to suggest that we're nowhere near the ceiling on this thing. False starts. An unnerving tendency to trade sure positive yards for a lottery ticket and a remote chance at more. An intermittent inability to finish the drive and convert short yardage situations.

We're only on the third story here, folks, and if it looks like the view from the summit it's only because it's been so long since we've seen the top of the trees. We have a long way to go, and we can't lose sight of that.

For more on the Tennessee Volunteers, check out Rocky Top Talk. N.C. State fans should visit Backing the Pack. For the latest on all things SEC, head over to Team Speed Kills and join the discussion.

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Tennessee Vs. NC State Reaction: Backing The Pack Highlights Turnovers

N.C. State had chances to swing the momentum in its favor against Tennessee on Friday night . After falling to a 22-0 deficit early in the game, the Wolfpack trimmed it down to 22-14 before the half. But eventually, it was turnovers and a lack of pressure on the opposing quarterback that kept the Pack from winning this game.

Check out some analysis from Backing the Pack here:

Turnovers are an important barometer for State; it was +2.25 in turnover margin in wins a year ago and -0.8 in losses. Another key for the Pack is getting pressure on the quarterback, but Bray spent the night comfortably picking apart the secondary from the pocket, getting sacked just once for a 3-yard loss. Tennessee only managed one sack of its own -- the 18-yard loss that led to a safety -- but its rush did enough to hurry Glennon all night.

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Tennessee Vs. NC State: Fan Falls From Georgia Dome Upper Level

A fan at Friday's Tennessee Volunteers vs. N.C. State Wolfpack game at the Georgia Dome fell from the upper level seating, landing on a person sitting below on the mezzanine, according to a report from WSBTV. Both individuals were taken to the Atlanta Medical Center.

The fan, a 20-year-old man, was standing in the front row of section 311, a Tennessee student section, when he fell, according to Mark Salbach. The man fell while celebrating Tennessee's second touchdown. As those on the scene described it:

"We were all celebrating. He started pumping fists and was leaning over the rail. He just slipped off," [Tennessee senior Ryan] Coleman said. "We looked down. It took forever to get someone down there. He was moving a little bit. It took about 15 minutes to get a stretcher down there."

Police were investigating the incident.

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Tennessee Vs. NC State Final Score: Vols Defeat Wolfpack 35-21 As Defense Collects 4 Interceptions

The Tennessee Volunteers defeated the N.C. State Wolfpack on Friday night, winning their season-opening game 35-21. Tyler Bray was 27-for-41 on the night for 332 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. The Vols defense came up big, intercepting Mike Glennon four times, including one by Marsalis Teague on what would be NC State's final drive.

Tennessee scored 16 points in the final two minutes of the first quarter, with Bray connecting with Zach Rogers for a 72-yard touchdown, Curt Maggitt forcing a fumble and picking up a safety, and Cordarrelle Patterson rushing for 67 yards and a touchdown. Patterson picked up another touchdown receiving, and Rajion Neal added one more on the ground.

The Volunteers next face the Georgia State Panthers on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 4 p.m. ET.

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Tennessee Vs. NC State Halftime Score: Vols Lead Wolfpack 22-14 At Halftime

The Tennessee Volunteers lead the North Carolina State Wolfpack at halftime of their season-opening game, 22-14. Tyler Bray is 15-for-24 for 226 yards on the night, with two touchdowns and one fumble. Cordarrelle Patterson leads the team in both rushing (67 yards) and receiving (6 catches, 93 yards).

Tennessee got on the board first when Bray connected with Patterson with a 41-yard touchdown pass. Michael Palardy missed the extra point, making it 6-0 Vols. NC State pulled ahead briefly with a touchdown of their own, but Tennessee would put the final two minutes of the quarter to good use.

With 1:07 left in the quarter Bray connected for another touchdown, this time a 72-yard play with Zach Rogers. The extra point was good this time, making it 13-7 Tennessee. With :51 left to play, Curt Maggitt picked up a sack and forced a fumble that was recovered by NC State, giving Tennessee a safety and making it 15-7. On the next possession, Patterson picked up his second touchdown of the night with a 67-yard run, putting his team ahead 22-7.

NC State added another seven points to the board in the second quarter, and it looked like Tennessee would have a chance to answer in the quarter's closing minute. But after driving the ball 72 yards to the NC State 1, Bray ran the ball on 3rd and goal and fumbled. The Wolfpack recovered, and the half ended with the score 22-14.

For more on the Tennessee Volunteers, check out Rocky Top Talk. N.C. State fans should visit Backing the Pack. For the latest on all things SEC, head over to Team Speed Kills and join the discussion.

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Tennessee Vs. NC State: Volunteers Seek Image Change

After a 2011 campaign that saw them fail to reach a bowl game, the Tennessee Volunteers look to start over as they take on the N.C. State Wolfpack Friday night in the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game.

The Kentucky Wildcats were all that stood in the way between the Volunteers and bowl eligibility last season, but the Wildcats snapped their 26-game losing streak against the Vols as they beat Tennessee 10-7.

In an interview with Evan Woodbery of GoVolsXtra.com, Tennessee defensive tackle Daniel Hood know that a win Friday night at the Georgia Dome would be a good start to remove the stigma of being the team that lost to Kentucky,

"None of us wanted to be the team that was remembered for losing to Kentucky. That's our identity right now, so we've got to go out and change it."

But as they get ready for the 2012 season, Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley knows that there are a lot of players they are relying on that haven't produced consistently foor the Volunteers,

"There's confidence in the guys who have produced that they're going to go out there and perform the way we expect them to. There is high concern for the guys who haven't been out there and produced, and there are a lot of those guys, too."

There are big question marks at the skill positions, with Rajion Neal leading a group of running backs who have no experience as a feature back in college. Also, All-SEC wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers trasferred over the offseason after being suspended for repeated drug tests. JUCO wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson will have to step in and try to replace Rogers' production on the outside.

But even with the unkowns, Dooley knows that they have to find out how they react when the game starts.

"We are going to have to go see what we look like. Whatever we look like, we'll correct it and adjust moving forward."

For more on the Tennessee Volunteers, check out Rocky Top Talk. N.C. State fans should visit Backing the Pack. For the latest on all things SEC, head over to Team Speed Kills and join the discussion.

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Tennessee Vs. NC State: Wolfpack Aiming For Consistency

After a 2011 season that saw its fair share of ups and downs, the N.C. State Wolfpack look for more consistency as they prepare for their season opener on Friday against Tennessee in the 2012 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game.

In his article in the Charlotte News-Observer, Joe Giglio notes that for every step forward the Wolfpack took last year, they took an equal step back with frustrating losses. N.C. State head coach Tom O'Brien knows that you can't lose focus at any point in the season,

"You can’t ride the roller coaster and be so high one week and so low the next,"

Wolfpack center Cam Wentz knows that although its easy to talk about consistency, performing on a high level every week is much harder,

"(Consistency) is harder than it sounds. It’s not because guys aren’t taking it seriously, it’s just human nature. Hopefully, as a year older, we’ll be able to handle the emotional swings better."

The Wolfpack hope that consistency begins Friday night at the Georgia Dome.


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Tennessee Vs. NC State Odds: Vols Marginally Favored

The North Carolina St. Wolfpack are set to take on the Tennessee Volunteers on Friday night at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. The Wolfpack is coming off a strong year, with a win in the Belk Bowl over Louisville after an 8-5 season. They're returning seven starters on both sides of the ball, including quarterback Mike Glennon, who had 31 touchdowns to his credit a season ago. They're returning starters to a defense that had 39 takeaways last season as well.

Tennessee enters after a poor season, with head coach Derek Dooley having an 11-14 record over the past two seasons, including a 1-7 mark in the SEC a season ago. Tyler Bray is starting for the third season in a row, but is without wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers, which is a sizable lost.

Most would assume that N.C. State would be favored given all of that but this isn't the case, as most odds have the Volunteers favored, albeit by a small margin. The moneyline (from OddsShark) is at -155 in favor of Tennessee while the Wolfpack are at +140. That was the opening line anyway, with sites like Bovada and Just Bet sitting around -155 for the Vols and +135 for the Wolfpack. The spread is sitting at -2.5 for the Vols.

For more coverage of the game, stay tuned to the SB Nation Atlanta StoryStream. For more on N.C. State football, head over to Backing the Pack. For more on Tennessee football, check out Rocky Top Talk.

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Tennessee Vs. NC State Time, TV, Radio Info And More

The North Carolina St. Wolfpack open their 2012 season on Friday night at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta up against the Tennessee Volunteers. Both teams have a lot of intrigue around them this year, with very similar expectations. It seems both fanbases have been rather disappointed with some high expectations of late.

Tennessee enters the third year of the Derek Dooley reign, and he's got an 11-14 record to his credit. His 1-7 mark in the SEC last season was the school's worst conference record since joining in 1933. Tyler Bray is in his third season as the starter, but won't have star receiver Da'Rick Rogers at his side, as Rogers was suspended indefinitely a week ago.

N.C. State coach Tom O'Brien enters his fifth season, coming off an 8-5 year in 2011 with a win in the Belk Bowl over Louisville. There are seven starters returning on both sides of the ball, including quarterback Mike Glennon, who played exceedingly well a year ago with 31 touchdowns to his credit.

Game Time: Friday, Aug. 30, 2012, 7:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPNU

Radio Info: 104.5 FM, The Vol Network, The Wolfpack Sports Network

Point Spread: Tennessee -3.5

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Tennessee Vs. NC State: New Vols DC Will Be Tested

If you can't beat em, join em. After two disappointing seasons in Knoxville and two losses to Alabama, Tennessee Volunteers coach Derek Dooley hired former Alabama linebackers coach Sal Sunseri to install the Crimson Tide's defense.

However, despite the success Nick Saban has had with it in Tuscaloosa, his first year wasn't easy, with the lowlight coming in a humiliating home loss to Louisiana-Monroe.

Over at Rocky Top Talk, Volunteer fans are worried about whether Sunseri will have a similar adjustment process, particularly against a N.C. State team that has run the same offense for several years:

So, here's what we know: Sal Sunseri is going to run something approximating a 3-4 and it'll probably be based at least in part on what Nick Saban would do. Saban's defenses are among the more cerebral at the college level, That kind of defense takes time to install properly, especially in the first year. Learning assignments and calls - especially for the Mike LB - is heavy on terminology and communication. In that sense, we're in good shape with Herman Lathers, who at this point could pretty much be run over by a bus and come back to play in Week 3. As far as the rest of the defense, I'm not as sure.

SEC defenses are supposed to have an edge in athleticism against most other conferences; we'll see on Saturday whether that will be enough for Tennessee.

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Bryan Underwood Injury Update: N.C. State Wide Receiver Returns To Practice, Could Play Against Tennessee

N.C. State wide receiver Bryan Underwood has returned to practice and could be available for the Wolfpack's game Friday against Tennessee, head coach Tom O'Brien said on the ACC's weekly coaches teleconference Wednesday.

"Underwood got on the field, we'll see how much he can do," O'Brien said. "We have to see how he reacts from getting a little bit of work. It will probably be a game-time decision, whether he can play or not."

Underwood, a 5'11", 174-pound sophomore, hasn't practiced since undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery Aug. 8. As a redshirt freshman last season, Underwood caught 16 passes for 226 yards and two touchdowns. He also set the record for longest reception by a freshman in N.C. State history against Virginia when he hauled in a 79-yard touchdown in the Wolfpack's 28-14 win over the Cavaliers.

With his return from injury, Underwood should compete for a starting job opposite of senior Tobais Palmer.

For more on N.C. State football, head over to Backing the Pack. For more on Tennessee football, check out Rocky Top Talk.

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Tennessee Vs. NC. State: Wolfpack Looking For "Respect"

When N.C. State takes the field Friday against Tennessee in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, an annual college football matchup that opens the season in Atlanta at the Georgia Dome, the Wolfpack will be playing for more than a season opening win. If you ask head coach Tom O'Brien, N.C. State will be playing for "respect."

"We know we’re going down there as underdogs, not getting a lot of respect out of the Tennessee people," O'Brien said on the ACC weekly teleconference Wednesday. "But I guess you can be that way when you win all the time."

The ACC has gone 0-3 against SEC teams in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game since it was created. Clemson lost to Alabama, 34-10, in 2008; Virginia Tech lost to Alabama, 34-24, in 2009; and North Carolina lost to LSU, 30-24, in 2010. The ACC did not participate in the event last year, when Boise State topped Georgia, 35-21.

"We haven’t had much success going in this Chick-fil-A game against the SEC," O'Brien said. "It’s incumbent upon us, the ACC, to start winning these football games."

For more on N.C. State football, head over to Backing the Pack. For more on Tennessee football, check out Rocky Top Talk.

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Tennessee Vs. NC State: Who Replaces Da'Rick Rodgers?

The Tennessee Volunteers wonder who will replace Da'Rick Rodgers since he transferred from the program. Three receivers could fill the void.

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Tennessee Vs. NC State: Failed Drug Tests Led To Da'Rick Rogers Suspension

Former Tennessee wide receiver told reporters that failed drug tests were the reason the All-SEC receiver was suspended last week.

In a report from Mike Organ of The Tennessean, Rogers admitted that he failed multiple drug tests while with the Volunteers, and that forced Derek Dooley to suspend Rogers indefenitely from the team. Rogers transferred to FCS Tennessee Tech on Monday.

"There were a couple of drug tests. And it was about me being a young, immature guy and those are things that I’ve got to work on. I plan to do that. When it came to review my next school and I met coach (Watson) Brown I most definitely felt like he was a guy that could help me with all my things and the situation that I had going on."

Tennessee Tech head coach Watson Brown told reporters that Rogers will dress in the Golden Eagles' season opener versus Hampton, but it unsure with how much playing time Rogers would receive.

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Tennessee Vs. N.C. State: Da'Rick Rogers Headed To Tennessee Tech

Former Tennessee wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers has transferred to FCS Tennessee Tech.

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Tennessee Vs. N.C. State Spread: Vols Favored By Vegas

College football season gets underway this week, with nearly every team in the land kicking off their respective schedules.

On Friday night, the Tennessee Volunteers and N.C. State Wolfpack will go head-to-head in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, as the SEC's Vols takes on the Pack from the ACC. As usual, Vegas and gamblers prefer the SEC team in this matchup, as the Vols are favored by 3.5 points over Tom O'Brien's squad.

The over/under for the game is set at 52.5 points.

While neither Tennessee nor N.C. State has BCS championship game aspirations, both teams are certainly looking to compete and earn a respectable bowl bid later this year.

Kickoff is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 31, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. ET at the Georgia Dome.

For more on the Tennessee Volunteers, check out Rocky Top Talk. N.C. State fans should visit Backing the Pack. For the latest on all things SEC, head over to Team Speed Kills and join the discussion.


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Tennessee Vs. NC State Preview: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

Tennessee attempts to kick their season off with a win against North Carolina State on Friday night.

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