Vols use big plays to beat Wolfpack

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ATLANTA — Cordarrelle Patterson scored two first-quarter touchdowns – one a 41-yard catch, the second a 67-yard run – and Tennessee beat North Carolina State 35-21 on Friday night.

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Tennessee receiver Zach Rogers (right) celebrates his first-quarter touchdown with Justin Hunter during the Vols' win.  JOHN AMIS/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Tennessee receiver Zach Rogers (right) celebrates his first-quarter touchdown with Justin Hunter during the Vols' win.

Patterson, a 6-foot-3 wide receiver who transferred to from Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College, played like a star in his Tennessee debut. Patterson had six catches for 93 yards as the Vols won the Chick-fil-A Kickoff game at the Georgia Dome.

Tennessee (1-0) scored 16 points on two touchdowns and a safety in a span of 38 seconds late in the first quarter.

Mike Glennon threw four interceptions with one touchdown for N.C. State (0-1).

• A 20-year-old man was taken to an Atlanta hospital after falling almost 35 feet from the upper level during the game.

The Georgia World Congress Center Authority said in a statement Friday night that the man fell on another fan seated in the mezzanine area at about 8:30 p.m. The fan who was hit while seated also was taken to the Atlanta hospital.


In East Lansing, Mich., Le’Veon Bell ran for a career-high 210 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner with 8:12 remaining in Michigan State’s victory.

The Spartans turned the ball over four times and trailed 13-10 before Bell scored from 5 yards out midway through the fourth quarter. The Broncos drove to the Michigan State 42, but Joe Southwick’s pass on fourth-and-2 was broken up.

Bell and the Spartans (1-0) then ran off the final 6:32.

Boise State (0-1) was sluggish in its first game after losing standouts Kellen Moore and Doug Martin from last season’s explosive offense. The Broncos’ only touchdown came on Jeremy Ioane’s 43-yard interception return in the second quarter.

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