Quick Recap: Vols 53 Vanderbilt 28

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    The Vols took down Vanderbilt on Saturday night to the tune of 53 points to Vanderbilt’s 28. The win gave the Vols their 8th victory on the season and puts them in good position for a solid bowl berth. Here’s how the scoring happened in the game:


    1st Quarter

    VOLS: 17-yard TD pass from Josh Dobbs to Von Pearson (11:32), 7-0

    VOLS: 26-yard field goal good by Aaron Medley (6:01), 10-0

    VANDERBILT: Darrius Sims 7-yard TD run (4:50), 10-7

    VOLS: Dobbs 6-yard TD run (2:01), 17-7

    2nd Quarter

    VANDERBILT: 12-yard TD pass from Kyler Shurmer to Trent Sherfield (14:50), 17-14

    VOLS: Career-high 47-yard FG by Medley (12:57), 20-14

    VOLS: 85-yard punt return TD by Cam Sutton (4:36), 27-14

    3rd Quarter

    VOLS: Safety on sack by Derek Barnett (9:47), 29-14

    VOLS: Jalen Hurd 14-yard TD run (7:33), 36-14

    VOLS: 5-yard TD pass from Dobbs to Pearson (3:41), 43-14

    4th Quarter

    VOLS: 32-yard FG by Medley (13:17), 46-14

    VOLS: 8-yard TD run by Joe Young (8:06), 53-14

    VANDERBILT: 3-yard TD pass from Shurmer to Steven Scheu (4:01), 53-21

    VANDERBILT: 8-yard TD pass from Shurmer to Dallas Rivers (0:22), 53-28


    Here are the final stats from Tennessee’s win:


    The Vols started out fast, but Vanderbilt was able to keep pace initially. But once Cam Sutton returned a punt for a touchdown late in the second quarter, the Vols put the gas pedal to the floor and never looked back. The Vols scored 36 unanswered points after Vanderbilt’s touchdown early in the second quarter, and the Commodores were never able to gain any more momentum.

    Tennessee ran for 331 yards against a Vanderbilt defense giving up only 126.1 yards a game on the ground coming into the night’s game. The Vols out-gained Vanderbilt 202-15 in the third quarter and 301-135 in the entire second half, dominating the Commodores in every aspect of the game. Plenty of backups got in some work for the Vols in the fourth quarter.

    The win is Tennessee’s 5th straight victory, the first time the Vols have had a 5-game winning streak since 2007. The win likely gives the Vols a very good chance at landing a very desirable bowl bid, and it’s the highest win mark for the Vols since they won 10 games in 2007.

    Nathanael Rutherford
    Nathanael Rutherford is the managing editor and social media manager for Rocky Top Insider. Nathanael graduated from the University of Tennessee and cultivated a passion for the Vols while growing up in Knoxville a mere 10 minutes from Neyland Stadium. He's been a part of the RTI team since November of 2015 and has been the editor of RTI since June of 2017. If he's not talking or writing about Tennessee athletics, he's probably talking about Star Wars.