KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Justin Worley threw for 273 yards and three touchdowns to help Tennessee beat Utah State 38-7 on Sunday night in a game matching two quarterbacks returning from injuries that ended their 2013 seasons prematurely.
Worley completed his first 13 passes of the second half in his first appearance since missing Tennessee’s final four games last season with an injured right thumb. He was 27-of-38 overall.
Worley threw touchdown passes to Brendan Downs, Von Pearson and Jalen Hurd, and his 27 completions was a career high.
Worley outperformed Utah State’s Chuckie Keeton, who was playing for the first time since tearing the ACL and MCL in his left knee in October. Keeton was 18-of-35 for 144 yards with two interceptions and one TD.
Sunday’s other games
No. 10 Baylor 45, SMU 0: In Waco, Texas, Bryce Petty threw for two touchdowns and ran for another score, helping Baylor open its riverfront on-campus stadium with a victory over a former Southwest Conference rival.
Petty played two quarters because of a bruise to his lower back after taking an early shot. He threw for 161 yards while moving gingerly at times.
Big 12 champion Baylor led 24-0 after one quarter. It had a 6-yard TD drive after an SMU fumble and a 4-yard drive after Levi Norwood’s 45-yard punt return.
The Bears sacked SMU’s three quarterbacks a combined eight times and held the Mustangs (0-1) to 67 total yards.
On the day a statue of Robert Griffin III was dedicated, Petty extended his streak with at least one touchdown pass to a school-record 14 games, breaking a tie with Baylor’s only Heisman Trophy winner.
Texas Southern 37, Prairie View 35: In Houston, Homer Causey ran for one touchdown and threw for another as Texas Southern posted a SWAC victory.
Causey was 14-of-22 for 224 yards and rushed for 88 yards.
Texas Southern was up 17-14 with 6:33 in the first half on Causey’s 44-yard touchdown pass to Malik Cross. Prairie View answered with a 76-yard TD pass from Jerry Locklove to Nick Pitre on the next play. TSU’s Eric Medina hit a 30-yard field goal with 2 seconds before halftime to make it 21-20.
North Carolina A&T 47, Alabama A&M 13: In Orlando, Florida, Tarik Cohen and Kwashaun Quick each scored two touchdowns as North Carolina A&T won in the MEAC/SWAC challenge.
Cohen had 161 rushing yards and Quick added 94 as the Aggies parlayed big scoring plays into a 38-6 halftime lead that gave the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference its eighth victory over the Southwest Athletic Conference in the 10-year history of the game.
DAVIS MAY MISS ECU GAME: South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said 1,000-yard rusher Mike Davis was “sort of doubtful” to play against East Carolina this week because of bruised ribs.
Davis re-aggravated the injury in the ninth-ranked Gamecocks’ 52-28 loss to No. 21 Texas A&M on Thursday. Davis had missed time during preseason camp with rib problems.
Spurrier said Davis would be re-evaluated this week. The Gamecocks (0-1) host the Pirates (1-0) on Saturday.
Davis ran for 1,183 yards last season but managed just 15 yards on six carries against the Aggies. Spurrier said backup Brandon Wilds was most likely to start if Davis can’t go.