KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Bob Kesling has called a lot of football games as the “Voice of the Vols” since replacing John Ward in 1999, and Saturday night’s 38-28 win over Florida will rank among the greatest.
“The dominance Tennessee had in the second half, I can’t remember a better half of football played on this field in a long, long time,” said Kesling, who also hosts Coach Butch Jones call-in show and TV show for the Vol Network. “That 38-0 run was pretty spectacular.”
The No. 14-ranked Vols (4-0) had fallen behind the No. 19-ranked Gators (3-1) by a 21-3 count at halftime, but quarterback Josh Dobbs would not be denied.
After opening the game 1-of-8 passing in the first quarter — many of his throws dropped — Dobbs finished the game 16-of-32 passing for 319 yards with four touchdown passes and a rushing touchdown.
“I think Tennessee has been waiting for this for a long time, to have some wide receivers step up,” Kesling said. “When they are getting production from the wide receivers, Dobbs and the ruling game is going to be tough to stop.”
Florida’s defense entered the game ranked No. 1 in the nation, having not allowed a touchdown pass through three games.
Dobbs and the Vols lit up the Gators four four touchdown passes within a 15-minute span in the second half.
“I think this whole team grew up a lot, and I think they have a lot of confidence now,” Kesling said. “It’s amazing what wins like this do for a football team.”