KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Ohio coach Frank Solich is a likely College Football Hall of Fame coach, but on Saturday he was praising Tennessee coach Butch Jones.
“You build around what you’re putting on the football field, and I think (Jones) is good at that,” Solich said Saturday. “He’s good at making adjustments and doing the things he needs to do to put his team in position to win both offensively and defensively, and as you know, special teams-wise.”
The 15th-ranked Vols beat Solich’s Bobcats, 28-19, on Saturday at Neyland Stadium.
Solich said Tennessee (3-0) was a difficult team for Ohio (1-2) to prepare to play.
“They have really good skill people, they have a quarterback that can throw and run, they’re hard to tackle, all the backs,” said Solich, a former Nebraska star running back, assistant coach and head coach with the Cornhuskers. “(Jalen) Hurd is a big, powerful back that’s hard to bring down, but he has good quickness and movement.
“Everybody that seems to touch the ball for them has the ability to make you miss and to get yards after contact. We needed to tackle better than what we did today to hold up on defense better, and we needed to do a few things on offense, too.”
Receiver Josh Malone is one of those skill players Solich was referring to, finishing with five catches for 69 yards and two touchdowns.
Alvin Kamara had 11 carries for 67 yards, and Hurd had 61 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries.
Tennessee outgained Ohio 404-318, rushing for 201 yards to the Bobcats’ 88.
The Vols fumbled five times, but they recovered all of them, and UT’s defense forced Ohio to kick four field goals.