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Checking the Film: A Closer Look at UT’s 29-21 loss to Mizzou

Joshua Dobbs-1-23rd Quarter:

13:51: After a difficult first half for Joshua Dobbs and the Tennessee offense, their first drive of the second half is off to a decent start before this penalty sets them back five yards. Joshua Dobbs is clearly frustrated here and can be seen spiking the ball into the ground after the play is blown dead for a false start. I know that players get frustrated, but this is something that I doubt you’ll ever see Dobbs do again. As the leader of the offense, Butch Jones wants his quarterbacks to be unflappable under adverse conditions, and outward demonstrations of frustration let defenders know that they are starting to gain a mental edge on their competition.

13:41: This was just the type of night it was for Tennessee’s offense. The penalty backs them up five yards, and then Pig Howard drops this flip from Dobbs to bring up another third down. This was also the play that Marcus Jackson got dinged up on.

13:34: A terrible series comes to an end for Tennessee after Markus Golden goes untouched on his way to Dobbs and forces an inaccurate throw on third down. It’s hard to know what happened here, but Jacob Gilliam either thought he had inside help against Golden or simply got beat.

11:20: Tennessee’s defense was giving up chunks of yards on the ground at on this drive, so Missouri tried to catch them sneaking up by taking a shot downfield. Owen Williams does a great job of stopping this play before it starts by executing a perfect spin move against the right guard and forcing Maty mauk to throw the ball away to avoid the sack. Williams has been a little slow to develop this year, but the JUCO junior has all of the tools to turn into a real weapon on the interior for Tennessee in 2015. Derek Barnett applies pressure to Mauk at the end of this play and hits Mauk after he releases the ball. This is important because of what happens two plays later…

10:29: Tennessee does everything right on this play. They contain Mauk and force him to throw the ball away off of his back foot to avoid a sure sack by Derek Barnett. But Barnett gives Mauk a shot after he throws the ball away and draws the flag. The ref had spoken to Barnett after the first down play about hitting Mauk late, and was clearly looking for a reason to light Barnett up. This is an effort penalty, and isn’t likely to draw too much criticism from the coaching staff, but it was unfortunate for Tennessee because they would have forced Missouri to punt if not for this penalty.

8:57: Another third down penalty – this one a bizarre holding call against Emmanuel Moseley – extends the drive for Missouri.

8:47: Perfect defense by Cam Sutton. Not only does he drive the receiver out of bounds, but he’s able to disrupt the receiver’s hands as he’s going to make a play on the ball.

7:10: This was one of Tennessee’s best-blocked plays of the night. Jalen Hurd actually has open lanes to the right and left side of the line, but elects to run to the right and picks up 16 yards.

2:28: Curt Maggitt gets a great pass rush and Jalen Reeves-Maybin takes away the flat, which leaves Maty Mauk with nowhere to go with the football. Mauk is forced to step up in the pocket and Danny O’Brien is there to clean up the mess and collect the sack.

1:20: Maggitt beats the right tackle like he stole something on this play. Maggitt fakes the inside move and just whips his man around the edge. The refs probably could have called a hold, but it didn’t slow Maggitt down here, as he’s able to get Mauk in the backfield for another sack.

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