EUGENE, OR - Tennessee was gouged defensively in a 59-14 loss to the Oregon Ducks in the Volunteers' first road trip of the season.
Quarterback Justin Worley threw for 126 yards on 13-of-25 passes. He threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to sophomore wide receiver Jason Croom, the first receiving touchdown of his career.
Marlin Lane ran for 63 yards to lead the Tennessee rushing attack.
After a Rajion Neal fumble, the Volunteer defense held Oregon to a missed field goal opportunity, and the Worley-to-Croom touchdown gave the Volunteers a 7-0 lead early in the first quarter.
Oregon would not be silenced for long, though. The Ducks opened their scoring with a 38-yard field goal by Matt Wogan following an offensive pass interference call that negated a De'Anthony Thomas touchdown run.
Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota would connect with Johnny Mundt for a 16-yard touchdown reception, giving Oregon its first lead of the game with 3:34 left in the first quarter.
With the Ducks' hyper offense, Mark Helfrich's team started their run of 59 unanswered points.
Mariota followed up his first passing touchdown with a rushing touchdown on an option keeper.
After an unsuccessful drive in which the Oregon defense was able to pressure Worley into a deflected throw, Mariota hit a streaking Josh Huff for another quick Oregon score, extending their lead to 24-7.
Two more touchdowns by Oregon, including one more passing by Mariota, gave the Volunteers a 38-7 deficit.
In the third quarter, Oregon tacked on 21 more points to extend their lead to 59-7.
Tennessee showed some late life after Alden Hill powered his way to the Vols' second score early in the fourth quarter.