A great deal more was learned about the University of Tennessee football program Saturday against Western Kentucky. The Vols won the game 52-20, but they were also exposed in several ways by the Hilltoppers. Tennessee gave up 393 yards to Western Kentucky, 171 on the ground and 222 in the passing game. Where Tennessee really showed signs of struggle on defense was getting off the field on third down. The Vols allowed Western to convert on eight of 15 third-down attempts in the game. "You're going to give a big plays, now how do you respond," Tennessee head coach Butch Jones said. "Let it go because it's going to happen. I thought, for the most part, we handled some of the adversity." What really helped Tennessee to handle that adversity on defense was the ability to make big plays. The Vols capitalized on nearly every error by the Western Kentucky defense. With 4:24 left to play in the first quarter Tennessee's Justin Coleman intercepted a pass from Western's Brandon Doughty and returned it for a touchdown. That interception triggered a six-play stretch for the Hilltoppers that saw five Western Kentucky turnovers — three interceptions, including Coleman's and two fumbles. "I've never ever been associated with anything like that," Jones said. Tennessee came away with two other interceptions in the game, both in the end zone to put a halt of Western Kentucky drives. "It's up to coaches to put our players in the best possible situation and it's up to them to execute," Jones said. "They executed, they made the plays. We didn't drop the football, we finished." Offensively, Tennessee finished with 383 total yards. Starting quarterback Justin Worley finished 11 for 19 passing with 142 yards, one touchdown and an interception. The majority of that came in the second half. In the first Worley and the receivers had trouble getting anything going. "(Worley)'s got to put the ball out there, but I think our young wideouts have to do a better job of snatching the ball, owning the ball in the air," Jones said. "We have to have the mentality of own the ball in the air." Despite a poor first half on the offensive ball, Worley said he didn't feel like he was struggling in the game, it was just a matter of finding rhythm. Tennessee's offense did get rolling in the second half, driving down field on back-to-back possession to start the second half and really give the team a commanding lead. "I thought the second half were were able to establish the line of scrimmage, make some plays," Jones said. "We had two receivers really step up, Josh Smith and Johnathon Johnson. "I thought Justin, in the second half, did a much better job with his accuracy," he said. "I thought both running backs ran exceptionally hard. We challenged Rajion Neal all week about getting north and south. I thought he did a great job." Tennessee won't be able to make some of the same mistakes they did Saturday against Oregon in the team's next game. "Obviously, we'll see a whole other level of team speed next Saturday," Jones said.