When I first saw the score of the Tennessee-Missouri football game, I thought it was a basketball score. But, to my surprise, it wasn’t.
As if scoring 63 points wasn’t enough to make my jaw drop, I then took a look at Vols quarterback Josh Dobbs stats. When the final whistle blew, Dobbs had recorded 223 passing yard and 190 rushing yards while scoring 5 total touchdowns. To rack up that many yards, one has to have quite a few highlight reel plays to choose from — and Dobbs certainly did. The most impressive one, to me, was his 70-yard touchdown run to start the fourth quarter.
The play above is of a 3rd-and-1 on Tennessee’s own 30-yard line. With two receivers to the right and a tight end lined up on the right side of the line, it would have made sense for this play to go to the right.
However, Dobbs had a different idea.
After seeing all but one Missouri defender go to the right side, as if to tackle running back Alvin Kamara, Dobbs decided to pull the ball back and keep it for himself knowing he only needed a yard to get the first down.
Dobbs did get that first down, but he ended up getting a lot more after that, too.
The run was so long and impressive that it couldn’t be contained in a single GIF! Though it was a great design to get Missouri’s defense to shift one way and keep the ball going the other, in the debate of scheme or skill, this one was all skill.
The one cut by Dobbs to make the safety miss and the instant acceleration after that is so rare from anyone playing quarterback. Dobbs has been one of the most electrifying players in college football over the past two years. In his final game at home, he gave his Volunteer fans a game that perfectly embodied what he has done for them with the ball in his hands.