KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee’s rousing rally for a 38-28 victory over Florida had 102,455 fans buying in by the end of a dramatic Saturday afternoon.
Here’s a look at the Tennessee stock report:
• Quarterback Josh Dobbs cemented his legacy, overcoming six dropped passes by his receivers in the first half and shaky offensive line play. Dobbs passed for a personal-best four touchdowns and a career-high 319 yards in the victory.
• Linebacker Colton Jumper came through with flying colors, recording a team-high eight tackles, including a pivotal third-and-1 stop on Florida’s opening possession of the second half.
• Junior receiver Jauan Jennings made a pair of highlight catches among his three receptions, the most important a jugging 67-yard TD grab that gave the Vols their first lead of the game, 24-21, in the fourth quarter.
• Freshman receiver Tyler Byrd is a rising star, and he proved that with some big plays on a grand stage. Byrd had three catches for 40 yards and was the only receiver playing consistently in the first half.
• Running back Jalen Hurd had 26 carries for 95 yards and two catches for 25 yards, including a TD grab.
• Coordinators Bob Shoop and Mike DeBord. Florida didn’t get its first first down of the second half until the 7:46 mark of fourth quarter, and DeBord’s offense had 392 yards in the second half.
• Cornerback Justin Martin was badly beaten on long passes in the first half and had a personal foul on the opening kickoff.
• Josh Malone had an uncharacteristic drop in the first half, but he rallied for four catches for 91 yards, including a 42-yard touchdown grab.
• Alvin Kamara had just 6 yards rushing on two carries, and one catch for 12 yards, but he had six punt returns for 61 yards.