Monday, January 2, 2017

Bilo's Quick Music City Bowl Recap

Tennessee 38, Nebraska 24

It seemed as if every time Nebraska would pick up a rallying score, Tennessee would answer. The Vols led 24-14 after the 3rd quarter, and managed to keep Nebraska at bay in the win in Nashville.
Derek Barnett broke Reggie White's all-time sack record at Tennessee, and Josh Dobbs completed 23/38 passes for 291 yards and TD, while he also rushed for 118 yards on 11 carries and 3 TDs.
Barnett finished with 33 sacks on his career at Tennessee. The Vols have now won 3 straight bowls for the first time in 20 years, despite having a drama filled season that saw them fail to win a weak SEC East and finish at 9-4.
Brandon Reilly caught 4 passes for 98 yards and a pair of scores, his first of the year. The Huskers were playing without Tommie Armstrong, who was injured. With Ryker Fyfe at QB, the Huskers finished with just 318 yards of offense, while the Vols racked up 521.
Nebraska was held to just 34 yards on their first 5 possessions, with each of those possessions ending in punts. Caleb Lightboum punted 7 times on the game. Nebraska finished with just 61 yards rushing, which was a huge problem on the night. Tennessee finished with 230 yards rushing and 4 scores.
Fyfe did manage to pass for 243 yards and 2 scores on the day, but a lack of a run game left him limited.
Along with missing Armstrong, Antonio Reed was taken off in the 2nd quarter with an injury. He was starting at Safety in place of an also injured Nathan Gerry.

2017 Openers: Arkansas State at Nebraska (9/2); Tennessee vs. Georgia Tech (9/4)

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