NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Tennessee Volunteers jumped out to 21-0 first lead over the Iowa Hawkeyes Friday, eventually winning the TaxSlayer Bowl 45-28.
In their first bowl appearance since 2010, the Volunteers scored on their opening drive of the game. Former Beech standout, Jalen Hurd, powered across the goal line to cap off a nine-play, 80-yard opening drive.
Hurd extended the Vols lead on their very next possession. His second touchdown of the day was a 29-yard score to give Tennessee the 14-0 lead.
On their third possession of the game, the Volunteers opted for a trick play to extend the lead. Dobbs threw a lateral to running back Marlin Lane who then turned and hit Vic Wharton down the sideline.
Tennessee scored on its first four possessions when quarterback Josh Dobbs scrambled for eight yards to give the Vols a 28-0 lead at the start of the second quarter.
Dobbs capped off the first half of the TaxSlayer Bowl with a 19-yard touchdown strike to Von Pearson. The Vols had a 35-7 lead heading into the locker room at halftime.
The Vols added 10 points in the second half on a 11-yard touchdown run from Dobbs and later, a 28-yard field goal by Aaron Medley.
Former BGA star and current Iowa quarterback CJ Beathard finished 13 of 23 for 145 yards and two touchdowns.
The Volunteers had not been to a bowl game since the 2010 season. The win over Iowa was Tennessee’s first bowl game victory since 2007.