Josh Dobbs leads Vols to another shootout win as Florida clinches SEC East

Josh Dobbs leads Vols to another shootout win as Florida clinches SEC East

November 19th, 2016 by Patrick Brown in Sports - College

Tennessee senior quarterback Joshua Dobbs leaves the field after his last game at Neyland Stadium against the Missouri Tigers on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, in Chattanooga, Tenn. Tennessee won their final home game of the season 63-37.

Photo by Doug Strickland /Times Free Press.

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KNOXVILLE — Tennessee never gave up more yards in a football game than it did against Missouri on Saturday.

The Volunteers still won by nearly four touchdowns.

The Tigers rolled up 743 yards of offense in the season's final game at Neyland Stadium on Saturday, but Tennessee enjoyed a big game of its own on offense in a 63-37 win.

The bigger story, though, happened early in the 100-point, 1,344-yard shootout, when Florida won 16-10 at LSU to clinch the SEC East Division and a spot in the conference championship game in Atlanta against No. 1 Alabama.

Tennessee (8-3, 4-3 SEC) needed the Gators to lose and wins in its final two games to reach Atlanta, but the loss at South Carolina will prove to be the loss keeping the Vols from getting to their first SEC title game since 2007.

Quarterback Josh Dobbs was spectacular in his final home game for the Vols. He completed 15 of 22 passes for 223 yards and three touchdowns and ran for a career-high 190 yards and two more touchdowns. Tennessee coach Butch Jones called timeout with a couple minutes left to

Freshman running back Demarea Crockett led Missouri (3-8, 1-6) with 225 yards on 24 carries, while Ish Witter added 163 yards and two touchdowns on 31 carries.

The Tigers piled up 420 rushing yards one week after Kentucky rolled up 443 yards on the ground against Tennessee's depleted defense.

Tennessee's defense again will shudder when it looks at the box score, but the Vols forced a key turnover, made one fourth-down stop and held in the red zone in the second half.

Micah Abernathy's interception on the first play of the second half set up short touchdown pass from Dobbs to Jauan Jennings.

After Missouri scored to make it 28-27 and forced a three-and-out, Cortez McDowell made a key tackle on an option play on fourth-and-2, and Dobbs scored on a 30-yard run after the Tigers had 12 men on the field before a fourth down play.

The Vols forced Missouri to kick a short field goal, and Dobbs juked a defender in the hole and took off for a 70-yard touchdown run to push Tennessee's lead to 42-30 early in the fourth quarter.

Tennessee forced its first three-and-out of the game and Alvin Kamara scored his second rushing touchdown of the game to push the host's lead to 49-30 and effectively end the game.

The scoring wasn't done, though, as Lock threw a 50-yard touchdown pass to Dimetrios Mason and the Vols added to the final score on John Kelly's 27-yard run and Jonathan Kongbo's 59-yard interception return for a touchdown.

Missouri outgained Tennessee 544-378 in the first three quarters and had 370 rushing yards entering the final frame.

Defensive stops were few and far between in a high-scoring first half.

Tennessee punted three times and only forced Missouri to punt once, though the Vols also came up with a fourth-down stop after the Tigers drove inside the red zone.

The Vols had touchdown drives of 98, 74 and 75 yards, while the Tigers matched with scoring drives of 88, 71 and 80 yards.

Dobbs was 13-of-17 passing for 215 yards and touchdown passes of 49 yards to Jennings and 57 yards to Josh Malone, and Alvin Kamara added a touchdown run.

Crockett had 15 carries for 146 yards and a touchdown, while Lock and Ish Witter, who ran for 82 first-half yards. added short touchdown runs for the Tigers, who had 251 rushing yards on 7.4 yards per carry in the first half.

Missouri also converted six times on 10 third downs, including three on its opening-series touchdown drive.

Tennessee finishes the regular season at Vanderbilt next Saturday (7:30 p.m., SEC Network).

Contact Patrick Brown at pbrown@timesfreepress.com.


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