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Tennessee Vols hold on for 28-19 win over Ohio

 

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Tennessee Vols wins their ninth straight game and moves to 3-0 with a 28-19 win over Ohio

Tennessee Volunteers - UT VolsKnoxville, TN –  Josh Malone caught two touchdown passes from Joshua Dobbs as No. 15/15 Tennessee outlasted Ohio, 28-19, on Saturday afternoon in Neyland Stadium.

Dobbs finished 19-of-27 for 203 yards, two touchdowns and one interception and rushed 14 times for 59 yards and a score.

Malone matched his career high with five catches for 69 yards and two touchdowns.

The Vols (3-0) racked up 201 rushing yards. Alvin Kamara had 67 yards on 11 carries and Hurd finished with 61 yards and one touchdown on 15 carries.

Tennessee Volunteers wide receiver Jauan Jennings (15) dives for garage against the Ohio Bobcats during the first half at Neyland Stadium. (Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports)

Tennessee Volunteers wide receiver Jauan Jennings (15) dives for garage against the Ohio Bobcats during the first half at Neyland Stadium. (Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports)

The Vols struck quickly as Dobbs found Malone in the end zone the third-consecutive game on a 20-yard pass that split two defenders 38 seconds into the game.

Kamara put the team in position with a 35-yard rush down the right sideline on the first offensive play of the game.

After back-to-back Bobcat field goals, the Vols extended their lead as Jalen Hurd leaped over the pile from one yard out to bring the score to 14-6. Jauan Jennings set up the score with a 17-yard reception, taking the ball down to the one on a bubble screen thanks to a good block from Malone on the outside. The Bobcats (1-2) added two more field goals before halftime to make the score 14-12 entering the break.

The Vols added seven more in the third quarter as Dobbs capped a seven-play, 55-yard drive with a 13-yard touchdown run. The senior quarterback took the shotgun snap and was able to shake an unblocked defender in the backfield before taking off on a sprint to the end zone.

Tennessee Volunteers quarterback Joshua Dobbs (11) hands the ball off to running back Jalen Hurd (1) during the second half against the Ohio Bobcats at Neyland Stadium. Tennessee won 28 to 19. (Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports)

Tennessee Volunteers quarterback Joshua Dobbs (11) hands the ball off to running back Jalen Hurd (1) during the second half against the Ohio Bobcats at Neyland Stadium. Tennessee won 28 to 19. (Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports)

The Bobcats answered that score with a four-yard touchdown pass from Greg Windham to Jordan Reid after a play-action fake that brought Ohio back within 21-19.

Tennessee was able to push its lead to two scores as Hurd started the fourth quarter with an emphatic 28-yard run, leaving a trail of Ohio defenders in his wake down the left side of the field. The drive concluded with Malone’s second 20-yard touchdown catch of the game. Dobbs floated the ball to Malone who was able to get behind the Bobcat defense to catch his fourth touchdown of the season.

“Our goal was to be 3-0 at this point, and we are 3-0, but I think everyone will tell you that we have to get a lot better as we start conference play next week,” Butch Jones said. “We had some individuals step up. I’m really proud of Baylen Buchanan. He’s an individual whose reps have been very minimal and he steps up and really made some big plays for us.”

Tennessee won its ninth consecutive game and moved to 3-0 for the first time since 2004.

Malone Catches On: Junior wide receiver Josh Malone caught two touchdown passes on Saturday, the most he has caught in a game this year. He has led the team in receiving in all three games this year and set a career high for touchdowns in a season with four in his first three games of 2016.

Dobbs’ Double Threat: Senior quarterback Joshua Dobbs accounted for three touchdowns (two passing, one rushing) in the Vols’ victory. He has now been a part of nine of Tennessee’s 12 touchdowns (six passing, three rushing) in 2016.

Defense Steps Up: Darrin Kirkland Jr. and LaTroy Lewis missed the game and Jalen Reeves-Maybin and Cameron Sutton both left the game early due to injury. However, other Vols stepped up as Emmanuel Moseley (8), Colton Jumper (7), Rashaan Gaulden (7) and Baylen Buchanan (5) all recorded career highs in tackles.

Up Next: The Vols take on No. 23/23 Florida on Saturday, September 24th, at Neyland Stadium. The game will have a 2:30pm CT broadcast on CBS.

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Box Score

Ohio (1-2) vs. Tennessee (3-0)

1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Ohio 6 6 7 0 19
Tennessee 7 7 7 7 28

 

Team Stats

Ohio Tennessee
First Downs 17 23
Net Rushing Yards 88 201
Attemps 30 42
Avg Per Rush 3 5
Net Passing Yards 230 203
Comp-Att-Int 23-46-0 19-27-1
Avg Per Att 5.0 7.5
Avg Per Comp 10.0 10.7
Total Offense 318 404
Total Plays 76 69
Gain Per Play 4.2 5.9
Penalties: No-Yards 5-30 9-94
Fumbles: No-Lost 1-0 5-0
Third-Down Conversions 6 of 20 7 of 14
Fourth-Down Conversions 1 of 2 0 of 0
Time of Possession 30:24 29:36

 

Ohio Leaders

Rushing Att Yards TD Long Avg
Greg Windham 9 39 0 7 4.3
Dorian Brown 8 22 0 6 2.8

 

Passing C-A-I Yards TD Long Sack
Greg Windham 23-46-0 230 1 42 0

 

Receiving Att Yards TD Long Avg
Sebastian Smith 9 156 0 42 17.3
Jordan Reid 4 29 1 14 7.3

 

Defense Tot Solo Sacks TFL PBU
Quentin Poling 14 9 0 0 0
Blair Brown 9 4 0 0 0

 

Tennessee Leaders

Rushing Att Yards TD Long Avg
Alvin Kamara 11 67 0 35 6.1
Jalen Hurd 15 61 1 28 4.1

 

Passing C-A-I Yards TD Long Sack
Joshua Dobbs 19-27-1 203 2 27 3

 

Receiving Att Yards TD Long Avg
Josh Malone 5 69 2 20 13.8
Preston Williams 3 25 0 11 8.3

 

Defense Tot Solo Sacks TFL PBU
Emmanuel Moseley 8 5 0 0 1
Rashaan Gaulden 7 6 0 0 0

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