COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Tennessee’s Josh Dobbs had every right to be emotional after a heart-breaking 45-38 double-overtime loss to Texas A&M on Saturday.
But that wouldn’t be in Dobbs’ nature.
The senior quarterback was very matter of fact in the postgame after the defeat, even after passing for a career-high 398 yards, rushing for 57 more and catching a TD pass in leading his team back from a 28-7 deficit.
“We’ll get over it, for sure,” Dobbs said before leaving Kyle Field. “We’ll go back tomorrow, watch the film and see where we can get better at spots, see what we did well and get ready for next week.”
Tennessee (5-1, 2-1 SEC) will play host to defending national champion Alabama at 3:30 p.m. next Saturday at Neyland Stadium.
Dobbs was sacked 4 times and harassed all day by John Chavis’ pressure defense, but he appeared to leave unscathed, save some disappointment after his overtime interception sealed the win for the Aggies.
“We just had a read concept, and I thought Ethan (Wolf) was breaking over the top,” said Dobbs while being questioned about his overtime interception. “They had a split-safety look … the ball went over his head and their safety made a good play on it.”
Dobbs, who was 28-of-47 passing with a touchdown throw to go with his 2 interceptions, was asked if he had ever directed an offense to nearly 700 yards (684) and lost.
“That’s a first, but we’ll go back and look at it,” Dobbs said, “and the turnovers obviously killed us.”
Tennessee had 6 fumbles, losing 5 of them, along with 2 interceptions.
Four of the Vols seven turnovers occurred on the Aggies’ side of the field, costing Tennessee valuable opportunities to score points.
“It (turnovers) hasn’t been happening in practice, but obviously there’s not as much contact in practice,” Dobbs said. “Guys just have to focus in, and we have to take care of it to be successful.
“We just have to take this (loss) and improve moving forward.”