Tennessee – Northwestern Recap

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(23) Tennessee Volunteers vs. (13) Northwestern Wildcats: Recap

Final Score: Tennessee 45 – Northwestern 6

Box Score

1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Northwestern

0

6 0 0

6

Tennessee

7

10 7 21

45

Northwestern Passing C/A Yards TDs/INTs
Zach Oliver 6/13 72 0/2
Clayton Thorson 8/20 57 0/2
Total Passing 14/33 129 0/4
       
Northwestern Rushing Attempts Yards TDs
Justin Jackson 14 74 1
Corey Acker 3 25 0
Clayton Thorson 12 23 0
Warren Long 4 8 0
Chad Hanacka 1 2 0
Auston Anderson 2 0 0
Solomon Vault 1 0 0
Total Rushing 37 132 1
       
Northwestern Receiving Catches Yards TDs
Pierre Youngblood-Ary 2 33 0
Austin Carr 2 26 0
Solomon Vault 3 19 0
Miles Shuler 2 17 0
Justin Jackson 2 15 0
Garret Dickerson 1 11 0
Warren Long 1 4 0
Total Receiving 14 129 0

 

 

Tennessee Passing C/A Yards TDs/INTs
Josh Dobbs 14/25 166 0/0
Quinten Dormandy 2/4 28 0/0
Patrick Ashford 0/1 0 0/0
Total Passing 16/30 194 0/0
       
Tennessee Rushing Attempts Yards TDs
Jalen Hurd 24 130 1
Alvin Kamara 11 53 1
Josh Dobbs 12 48 2
John Kelly 4 4 1
Von Pearson 1 0 0
Quinten Dormandy 1 -9 0
Total Rushing 53 226 5
       
Tennessee Receiving Catches Yards TDs
Alex Ellis 3 74 0
Von Pearson 2 32 0
Ethan Wolf 2 24 0
Alvin Kamara 3 19 0
Josh Malone 2 17 0
Marquez North 1 12 0
Johnathon Johnson 1 9 0
Jauan Jennings 1 7 0
Jalen Hurd 1 0 0
Total Receiving 16 194 0

 

Scoring Summary

First Quarter

​Tennessee: Josh Dobbs 14 yard touchdown run (7-0)

Second Quarter

​Tennessee: Aaron Medley 35 yard field goal (10-0)

​Northwestern: Justin Jackson 5 yard touchdown run (10-6)

​Tennessee: Alvin Kamara 11 yard touchdown run (17-6)

Third Quarter

Tennessee: ​Jalen Hurd 3 yard touchdown run (24-6)

Fourth Quarter

​Tennessee: Josh Dobbs 18 yard touchdown run (31-6)

​Tennessee: John Kelly 1 yard touchdown run (38-6)

​Tennessee: Evan Berry 100 yard interception return (45-6)

 

It was a dominating win for the Tennessee Volunteers in the 2016 Outback Bowl over the Northwestern Wildcats. Entering the game it was the hype of the electric running attack of the Volunteers versus the stellar defense of the Wildcats. The Wildcats were ranked 7th in the country only allowing 16.4 points per game. Against the Volunteers today, they gave up 45 in defeat. They also entered the game having only given up 99 total rush yards to quarterbacks all year, but that was before they faced Josh Dobbs. Dobbs used his dual-threat ability to run for 48 yards and scored 2 touchdowns.

The MVP for this year’s Outback Bowl was easily the Tennessee defense. From the beginning, they dominated the game. They had 8 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, and 4 interceptions, capped off with a 100 yard interception return for a touchdown by stand-out Evan Berry late in the fourth quarter. The Volunteers held the Wildcats to only 261 total yards of offense and allowed only 6 points to a team that averaged 22.5 per game this season.

After the game, Coach Butch Jones was asked about his Volunteers and he said, “This football team defines resolve and resiliency. A group of collective individuals coming together as one and being able to show great resolve. I’m really proud of your seniors and everything they’ve done with this program. We’ve come a long way in a very short period of time.”

For the Wildcats, they finished 10-3 on the season and it is nothing to hang their head over. They were led by quarterback Clayton Thorson, who is only a freshman. Their future is bright, even in a very competitive Big 10. Coach Pat Fitzgerald, despite the loss today, is set to lead the Wildcats to another great season.

For the Volunteers, they finished 9-4, but more importantly on a 6-game win streak. When asked about the streak, quarterback Josh Dobbs said, “It feels great. It feels amazing and will propel us through the off-season.” The Volunteers will be returning 9 offensive and 8 defensive starters next year and will look to win the SEC East and be even more competitive on the national stage.

Statistics from ESPN.com

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