MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP/WVLT) -- Freshman quarterback Tyler Bray, starting his first game for Tennessee, threw for 325 yards and five touchdowns Saturday night to lead the Volunteers to a 50-14 victory over Memphis.
The victory snapped a four-game losing streak for Tennessee (3-6), which was never threatened after the first quarter. Bray, who took over the helm last week from junior Matt Simms, picked apart the young Memphis secondary from the start.
Tauren Poole rushed for 101 yards, and scored twice -- once on a 21-yard run and another on a 9-yard pass from Bray.
The Vols would end the night with 510 yards of offense, including 379 through the air. The 50 points matched Tennessee's largest scoring output of the season.
Memphis (1-8) lost its sixth straight. It marked the fifth straight game where the Tigers, ranked 118th out of 120 teams in scoring defense, have surrendered at least 40 points.
Tennessee hosts Ole Miss next Saturday for a noon kickoff in Neyland Stadium. The game will be televised on WVLT-TV and CBS.
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