NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – For the first time since 1994, the Tennessee Volunteers have won three straight bowl games capped off with a 38-24 win over Nebraska in the Music City Bowl Friday.
Josh Dobbs was named MVP, accounting for 409 total yards including three rushing touchdowns for a Music City Bowl record.
The game started off as a field position battle with a scoreless first quarter before John Kelly exploded for a 28-yard run early in the second, to give Tennessee the first points of the game.
Later in the second, it was Dobbs who led the Vols on an 11-play, 66-yard drive ending in a 10-yard touchdown run to give Tennessee a 14-0 lead.
It wasn’t long before Nebraska finally had an answer. With under two minutes to play, Ryker Fyfe went 38 yards downfield to Brandon Reilly, putting the Huskers on the board for the first time in the game as they trailed 14-7.
It was Tennessee who had the final punch of the first half; however, as Josh Dobbs scored on a 2-yard touchdown run with nine seconds remaining. This took the Vols into halftime with a 21-7 lead.
In the second half, Tennessee added a field goal to take a 17-point lead before Fyfe hit Reilly again for a 39-yard touchdown to pull within 10 points.
But Josh Dobbs kept coming, leading the Vols on another scoring drive with his third rushing touchdown of the night tying a Music City Bowl record and giving Tennessee another 17-point lead.
With Dobbs’ third rushing touchdown of the game, he scored for a 12th time on the ground this year, breaking the Tennessee record for most touchdowns in a season by a quarterback.
Nebraska was not out of it yet, scoring 10 straight points, including a Fyfe touchdown run to make it a 7-point game.
Finally, Dobbs put the nail in the Huskers coffin finding Josh Malone for a 59-yard touchdown and sealing a Tennessee win with a 14-point lead.
Derek Barnett put a cherry on top of his career, should he decide to make the jump to the NFL with his 33rd career sack, passing Reggie White for most all time at Tennessee.
With Friday’s win, Tennessee finishes the year at 9-4 for their second straight season with nine wins.