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Bray lifts Vols to 55-48 win over Troy

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The University of Tennessee Athletics Department

KNOXVILLE, TN On Saturday afternoon, Tyler Bray threw for more yards in a single game than anyone who's ever worn a Tennessee uniform.

The Vols needed almost every single one to escape with a 55-48 victory over Troy on homecoming.

Bray set the record - eclipsing Peyton Manning's mark of 523 yards - with a 24-yard completion to Justin Hunter on third down, one play before Marlin Lane's 9-yard touchdown run gave the Vols the lead for good with 1:25 remaining.

Bray finished with 530 yards on 29-of-47 passing with five touchdowns and no interceptions.

After falling behind 40-34 in the third quarter after 10 unanswered points by Troy, Tennessee took a 41-40 lead on a 23-yard touchdown pass from Bray to Rajion Neal with 13:38 to go, ending a 90-yard drive.

The Vols (4-5) had a chance to take an even bigger lead, but Vincent Dallas dropped what would have been a 42-yard touchdown in the end with a little less than five minutes to go.

Troy (4-5) took possession at the UT 6-yard line with 4:40 remaining and needed just three plays to reach the end zone. Eric Thomas pulled down Cory Robinson's pass with one hand and never broke stride in a 67yard race to the end zone to give Troy a 46-41 lead with 3:14 to go.

Thomas caught a two-point conversion to give the Trojans a 48-41 advantage.

The Vols needed just 16 seconds to tie the game, when Bray hit Justin Hunter on a crossing route with 2:54 remaining.

Tennessee's defense made a key stop, forcing the Trojans to go three-and-out on their ensuing possession and paving the way for the Vols' game-winning touchdown drive.

While Bray set one of UT's most prestigious records, the Vols' defense hit an all-time low in yards allowed.

Troy gained 721 yards of offense, nearly 100 more than its previous high of 634 yards against Kentucky in 1997.

Troy was well on its way during the first half, gaining 358 yards of offense on its way to a one-point deficit after the first two quarters.

After Troy scored on its first two possessions of the game, the Vols forced a pair of three-and-outs and opened a 28-10 lead.

But the Trojans came right back, thanks to a few big plays.

Shawn Southward scored a 1-yard touchdown to end a 12-play, 72-yard drive. The Vols went three-and-out on their ensuing possession and Troy needed just two plays to close the gap to 28-23 after a missed extra point.

Tennessee's next drive ended with a missed field goal from 39 yards out. Troy, though, kept right on moving the football.

After a substitution penalty on third-and-11 from the Troy 20, Southward took a draw play 39 yards on third-and-16.

Four plays later, quarterback Deon Anthony went 28 yards on a designed run and bulled his way across the goal line to give Troy a 30-28 lead with 1:12 remaining in the first half.

Tennessee drove 73 yards in just six plays and took a 31-30 lead into the locker room after Michael Palardy's 21-yard field goal on the final play of the half.

Bray had 313 yards passing in the first half, breaking his own record, set against Memphis in 2010, for most yards passing a half.

Cordarrelle Patterson had 150 yards and a touchdown, while Hunter had 102 yards and two touchdowns.

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