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Dobbs has huge home finale as Vols beat Tigers 63-37

2575 days ago
Associated Press

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Joshua Dobbs threw three touchdown passes and ran for two more scores -- including a career-long 70-yarder -- in his final home game Saturday as No. 19 Tennessee won a 63-37 shootout with Missouri.

Dobbs was 15 of 22 for 223 yards with two touchdown passes to Jauan Jennings and one to Josh Malone. He rushed for a career-high 190 yards on just 10 carries.

"You can just see the confidence he has in himself and everybody around him," Tennessee coach Butch Jones said.

Tennessee (8-3, 4-3 SEC) has won three straight games and has scored over 40 points in all of them. This marks the first time since 1995 that the Volunteers have scored 40-plus points in three consecutive games.

The Vols won despite allowing 740 yards in total offense, the highest single-game total ever by a Tennessee opponent. Troy gained 721 yards in a 55-48 loss to Tennessee in 2012.

Damarea Crockett rushed for 225 yards and Ish Witter gained 163 yards to lead a 420-yard rushing attack for Missouri (3-8, 1-6). The Tigers gained 600-plus total yards for the fourth time this season.

"Offensively that's a pretty good day," Missouri coach Barry Odom said. "I didn't have enough answers defensively to put us there to win it."

Crockett had the second-highest single-game rushing total ever by a Tennessee opponent. Mississippi's Dexter McCluster rushed for 282 yards against Tennessee in 2009.

Tennessee's John Kelly rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown. Alvin Kamara ran for 55 yards and two scores.

The Vols were clinging to a 35-30 lead when Dobbs made a move around Missouri's Thomas Wilson at the line of scrimmage and raced for a 70-yard touchdown with 13:20 remaining. Tennessee took command from there.

Although Tennessee won the game, the Vols were knocked out of contention for the SEC Eastern Division title when Florida beat LSU 16-10 earlier in the day to clinch a spot in the Dec. 3 SEC championship game against No. 1 Alabama.

"We didn't know about it," Tennessee cornerback Cam Sutton said. "I just heard about it after the game. That's something we weren't worried about throughout the course of the game."


Missouri: The Tigers' season-long kicking woes hurt them again Saturday.

Missouri missed an extra-point attempt for the fifth time this season at the end of the Tigers' first series. Missouri also had gone 5 of 12 on field-goal attempts this season before Saturday.

The Tigers' kicking game has struggled so much that they decided to go for it rather than attempting a field goal while facing fourth-and-12 from the Tennessee 20 early in the second quarter. After Missouri was penalized for a false start, the Tigers still kept their offense on the field to try converting the first down on fourth-and-17 from the 25. The drive ended with an incomplete pass.

Tennessee: The Vols' defense remains extremely vulnerable, particularly against the run. Missouri put up huge numbers against Tennessee one week after the Vols allowed 443 yards rushing in a 49-36 victory over Kentucky. Tennessee also gave up 353 yards rushing to Texas A&M and 409 to Alabama this season.


Missouri hosts Arkansas on Friday.

Tennessee is at Vanderbilt on Saturday.