Tennessee didn't exactly face a juggernaut out of the gate to begin the Butch Jones era, quite the opposite. The Vols hosted a lowly Austin Peay team, which finished just 2-9 last season in the Ohio Valley Conference of the Football Championship Subdivision. Austin Peay is the kind of team a program like Tennessee is supposed to play dominant football against. That's just what they did, winning 45-0. The Vols began the game on defense and held Austin Peay to an early three and out. They then used four plays to drive 64 yards, scoring on a 47-yard run by Rajion Neal, the longest rush of his career. On the second play of Austin Peay's ensuing possession, senior defensive tackle Daniel Hood tipped and intercepted a pass by Andrew Spivey, returning the ball five yards to the Austin Peay 25. "On a screen, that's my play to make when they do throw it," Hood said. "The quarterback threw the ball low and I was able to bat it and catch it. It was the first interception I've had since middle school." It took Tennessee just four plays to score as Marlin Lane rushed in from 14 yards out, giving the Vols a 14-0 advantage with just over four minutes gone in the first quarter. Another three and out from Austin Peay led to another quick score for Tennessee. This time it was Justin Worley hooking up with Devrin Young for a 9-yard touchdown pass. The touchdown pass was the second of Worley's career, his last coming against Middle Tennessee State University in 2011. It was the first career touchdown for Young. At the end of the first quarter the Vols were in complete control, leading 21-0. Tennessee scored three more times in the second quarter, an 11-yard pass from Worley to Pig Howard, a 4-yard run by lane and a 3-yard pass from Worley to Brendan Downs. The Vols finished the half with a 42-0 lead, scoring a touchdown on every single drive. "The second half, we have to do better," Jones said. "Even though we made some changes, the standard and the expectations do not change. I talk to our players all the time about consistency." In the second half the Vols went with the back ups, and the difference between first and second teamers was evident. Despite a return to set Tennessee up with the ball at the Austin Peay 27 to start the third quarter, the Vols settled for a field goal. With Nathan Peterman at quarterback, it was the first Tennessee drive that did not end with an touchdown. Tennessee's defense also showed some weakness in the second half, allowing the Governors to drive down the field with ease in the third quarter. Austin Peay had a chance to score on the drive before true freshman Malik Foreman intercepted a pass from Jacob Sexton at the Tennessee six. Tennessee's second-half offense put together one solid drive, driving to the Austin-Peay 22 before Alden Hill fumbled the ball away to the Governors. What Tennessee did well the entire game was playing without penalty. The Vols did not draw a single flag the entire game. Tennessee's fan base showed obvious excitement for the first game of the Jones era. The announced attendance was 97,169. The Vols will kick off their second game, against Western Kentucky at 12:21 p.m. Saturday at Neyland Stadium. "We've got a lot of work to do. We have an extremely, extremely, extremely talented football team coming in here next Saturday," Jones said. "We have to continue to get better."