Sept. 4, 1999
By TOM SHARP
AP Sports Writer
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Jamal Lewis scored three times and Tee Martin threwtwo touchdown passes to Cedrick Wilson to lead No. 3 Tennessee to a 42-17victory over Wyoming on Saturday night.
The Volunteers (1-0) began defense of their national title with fourtouchdowns in a 7 1/2-minute span of the second quarter, and made it stand upagainst the Cowboys (0-1) with a school-record 13 sacks, four turnovers and onetouchdown on defense.
Lewis scored on runs of 25 and 32 yards in the first half, and added a1-yard TD with 22 seconds left in the game. He finished his first game sinceknee surgery ended his 1998 season after four games with 159 yards in 25carries.
Martin hit Wilson with scoring passes of 55 and 16 yards in the first halfand a 64-yard play to set up Lewis' last touchdown. Martin was 14-of-21 for 264yards. Wilson had seven catches for 183 yards.
The Cowboys won the first and third quarters and played the favored Vols toa virtual standoff in the fourth, but could not overcome Tennessee'ssecond-quarter outburst.
Tennessee gained 522 total yards but fumbled the ball away three times.Despite the sacks and the loss of starting quarterback Jay Stoner in the firsthalf, the Cowboys' innovative Triple Shoot offense was good for 203 totalyards.
Wyoming led 10-7 early in the second quarter when the Volunteer defense tookover the game for a time.
Stoner left with a shoulder injury with the Cowboys trailing 21-10. TheCowboys had a minus-21 yards and two turnovers during the decisivefour-touchdown stretch by the Vols, including a fumble that linebacker EricWestmoreland picked up and ran in from 18 yards out.
Stoner was 6-of-9 for 65 yards before being injured. Matt Swanson came inand finished 16-of-21 for 130 yards, with a touchdown and two interceptions.
Tommy Nash, brother of former Tennessee receiver Marcus Nash, led theCowboys with 4 catches for 41 yards.
The Cowboys were held to eight net yards rushing.