The first big test for Tennessee football arrives with a crucial road game against No. 14 Pittsburgh.
The Vols (1-0) play the Panthers (1-0) at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC at Acrisure Stadium, home of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
It’s a rematch of UT’s 41-34 loss last season, when Pitt took an ACC title. Beating a road opponent could boost the Vols’ expectations in Josh Heupel’s second season.
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Heupel’s UT team relies on a quick-hitting offense that won 59-10 over Ball State in the season opener. Quarterback Hendon Hooker, playing Pitt for the fourth time in his career, will be a starter for the Vols.
Pat Nanduji’s Pitt team wins with a power play, play-action passing and an aggressive defense. The Panthers’ defensive front seven is loaded with All-ACC players and NFL prospects.
Tennessee football scores, updates vs Pittsburgh
4:56 left: Jabari Small. Touchdown Tennessee. Vols lead.
5:04 left: Touchdown Tennessee! Cedric Tillman goes deep for 62 yards. It’s close whether or not Tillman crossed the level of the goal line before his elbow hit the ground. It is under consideration.
After a check, Tillman was sacked at the Pitt 1-yard line.
5:31 left: Big fourth down for the Vols. Wesley Walker hits and sacks Kenton Slovis. Vols get the ball back before halftime.
7:04 left: Pete still moves the ball at will. Jaylon Barden is wide open up the middle for a first down on a third down play. The Vols defense is struggling.
10:04 left: Good response from the Vols offense. Hendon Hooker finds Bru McCoy for a 34-yard catch. Vols back within three points, at 17-14.
13:25 left: OMG, Gavin Bartholomew. Blocks Trevon Flowers en route to a 57-yard touchdown reception. Pitt leads 17-7.
1:02 left: Jacob Warren leads Tennessee to the Pitt 1 with a catch-and-run over the middle. Jabari Small gets the yardage and touchdown on the next play. Pitt 10, Tennessee 7.
3:10 left: Nice throw by Hendon Hooker to Cedric Tillman for 20 yards and a first down. Vols on the move.
4:16 left: Huge interception by Trevon Flowers in the end zone as Aaron Beasley pressures Pitt QB Kedon Slovis.
6:00 left: UT will punt on fourth down in Pitt territory. Hendon Hooker’s pass to Cedric Tillman is missed and incomplete.
9:00 left: Israel Ambanikanda is gone. The 76-yard touchdown run goes up the left sideline and Pitt leads 10-0. Tennessee isn’t off to a good start.
9:13 left: Slow start for Hendon Hooker and the Vols offense. Second triptych on two discs.
10:27 left: UT’s defense keeps it goal-to-go and Pitt settles for a field goal and a 3-0 lead.
14:25 left: Quick three and out for the Vols offense. Short snapshot, too. Pete has a good position on the field.
15:00 left: The Vols will get the opening kickoff. Here we go from Pittsburgh!
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This article originally appeared in the Knoxville News Sentinel: Tennessee football score vs. Pitt: Live updates from Heinz Field