Tennessee can add another accolade next to ‘Champions of Life’ on the mantle for 2016: Music City Bowl Champions.
The Volunteers defeated the Big Ten’s Nebraska Cornhuskers on Friday evening 38-24, pushing their bowl game win streak up to three in the process.
The expectation going into this game was that both offenses would have no problem scoring on one another. That was essentially the case as eight total TDs were scored in the game. Tennessee quarterback Josh Dobbs was responsible for four of them, as he threw for one and rushed for three in what was his final college game. Dobbs passed for 291 yards and rushed for 118 on 11 carries, picking up an average of 10.7 yards every time he ran the ball.
On the topic of ground games, Nebraska’s was surprisingly kept in check. The Volunteers run defense had no doubt been a weakness all year, but they allowed just 61 rushing yards against the Huskers on Friday. That was due in large mostly to quarterback Ryker Fyfe finishing with a mark of -27, while Devine Ozigbo and Terrell Newby compiled a combined 81 yards on their own. Still, allowing less than 100 yards on the ground should be warranted as an accomplishment for how things have transpired this season.
Speaking of accomplishments on the defensive side of the ball, one feat was achieved by a Volunteer defender. Derek Barnett picked up his 33rd career sack, breaking the program record held by College and Pro Football Hall of Famer Reggie White. Barnett has no doubt had a celebrated career in Knoxville, and that moment on Friday evening in Nashville was one hell of a way to go out.