Tennessee triumphed over Missouri Saturday night winning big by a score of 63 to 37. The Vols seniors played with an extra effort in their final home game and there was no doubt at the end of the game they were the better team. Senior quarterback Josh Dobbs was without question the player of the game. He put up big numbers with completions on 15 of 22 passes and 223 yards for 3 touchdowns. Dobbs and the entire Tennessee team finished the day with 0 turnovers as well. On the ground Dobbs excelled exceptionally. He ran for 190 yards on 10 carries and scored 2 more touchdowns. That raised Dobbs’ touchdown total on the day to a total of 5! His touchdown runs were from 30 and 70 yards out. Also in the backfield for the Vols, John Kelly made his presence known. Kelly rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries. Alvin Kamara also ran the ball exceptionally with 55 yards and 2 touchdowns on 12 carries.
In the receiving department, Josh Malone had another outstanding game. Malone caught 3 passes for 83 yards and a touchdown. Malone’s longest reception of the day was a 57-yard deep pass. Jauan Jennings has become one of the stars of the Tennessee team. Jennings caught 4 passes Saturday for 67 yards and 2 touchdowns.
The Tennessee defense didn’t have one of its best showings against the Tigers, put they were able to make some big plays that affected the game mightily. Micah Abernathy was in top form with 12 total tackles and an interception on one of the first plays in the second half to give the Vols offense the ball. Jonathan Kongbo also made a big play with 1 tackle-for-loss and a 59-yard interception return for touchdown that sealed the win for the Vols. Derek Barnett recorded another quarterback takedown, which raises with career sacks total to 31.0. Barnett is only 1 shy of tying the record set by Reggie White and 2 away from setting a new Tennessee Volunteers career sacks record. Dillion Bates made a big play on a 4th down, as he recovered a fumble in the backfield and gave the Volunteer offense another chance to raise the score. In what was his final home game, Cam Sutton recorded 5 total tackles and was also seen back returning punts. Sutton’s lone punt return went for 17 yards. Overall, the Tennessee defense forced 4 turnovers.
Missouri actually kept in close in the 1st half as Tennessee led 21 to 20 at halftime, but the Vols blew it open on the second half scoring 28 points in the 4th quarter alone. The 63 points scored by the Vols was the most in a conference game since 2000 against Arkansas when the Vols scored 63 that day as well.
Next, Tennessee will face Vanderbilt in Nashville in what could result in a Sugar Bowl berth for the Vols.