KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee’s Josh Dobbs accounted for 399 yards in the Vols’ historic 38-28 victory over Florida, quite a feat considering the Gators had allowed 389 yards through the first three games.
The No. 14-ranked Vols (4-0) snapped an 11-game losing streak to Florida (3-1), and won their 10th-straight game in the process.
Dobbs also passed for a career-high four touchdowns in a 15-minute span in the second half, another unexpected achievement against a Florida secondary that hadn’t allowed a passing touchdown through the first three games.
“We came into the locker room at half time and said, ‘don’t panic,’ “ said Dobbs, a senior captain who was 16-of-32 passing and also had two interceptions. “We were shooting ourselves in the foot the whole first half.”
Dobbs’ four-touchdown passing performance was the first for Tennessee since Tyler Bray threw for four touchdowns against Kentucky on Nov. 24, 2012.
Derek Barnett stepped up in the second half and “took over the game,” according to Coach Butch Jones.
Barnett recorded two sacks, moving him into fifth place on the school’s all-time list.
Here are more notes from Tennessee’s 38-28 win over Florida on Saturday at Neyland Stadium:
• Tennessee’s 10-game win streak, which dates back into last season, is the program’s longest since the Vols won 14 in a row between the perfect 13-0 season in 1998 and the 1999 opener.
• Tennessee is 4-0 to start a season for the first time since 2003, and it’s the first time since 2004 the Vols won their SEC season opener.
• The Vols are 20-26 in the all-time series with the Gators, and 12-12 in games played against Florida in Knoxville.
• Tennessee has now won three of its past four games against ranked teams
• Junior Josh Malone caught a TD pass for the fourth straight game. His four consecutive games with a TD catch are the most to start a season since 2011, when Da’Rick Rogers also had four.
• Sophomore Jauan Jennings had three catches for a career-high 111 yards.
• Todd Kelly Jr. recorded his seventh career interception, tying injured senior cornerback Cam Sutton for the most career interceptions among current Vols.