KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Missouri first-year coach Barry Odom said he couldn’t help but be impressed by his offense Saturday night.
“Offensively, 745 (740) yards is a pretty good day,” Odom said. “We turned the ball over four times …. but damn, offensively that’s a pretty good day.”
The Tigers set a record for the most yards gained against Tennessee (740) but it wasn’t enough, as the 19th-ranked Vols prevailed 63-37.
“If we got into the the fourth quarter, I thought we would have a chance,” said Odom, whose 3-8 Missouri team trailed 35-27 entering the final stanza.
“Obviously, (Josh Dobbs) took over in the second half.”
Dobbs accounted for 5 touchdowns for Tennessee, going 15 of 22 passing for 223 yards and 3 TDs while rushing for 190 yards and 2 TDs on 10 carries.
“He made a couple moves on one, and on two other plays we had had guys in the hole and we weren’t able to make a tackle,” Odom said. “Dobbs has been effective all year. Great player, runs really well, and he was throwing the deep ball well tonight early on.”
Odom said he also was impressed with Tennessee tailbacks Alvin Kamara and John Kelly.
“Kamara, I am really impressed with, and then Kelly, he has really opened up the run game the past few weeks,” Odom said. “They have a good thing going on.”
Missouri defensive back Aarion Penton said the Tigers just weren’t diligent enough defending Dobbs.
“We just kind of fell asleep on him or lost focus on him,” Penton said. “It’s frustrating, but you know you’ve got a mobile quarterback on your hands that can make plays like that, and you expect to contain them, stop them, but he still finds a way to break a big one for touchdowns.”
Tennessee plays at Vanderbilt at 7:30 p.m. ET next Saturday, while Missouri closes its season with a 2:30 p.m. ET home game on Friday against Arkansas.