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BRISTOL, Tenn. – The Tennessee Volunteers saw several records broken during their 45-24 win over Virginia Tech at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday night.
The first and most obvious record that was broken at the Battle at Bristol was the all-time attendance record for a college football game. The official attendance for the Battle at Bristol was announced at 156,990 fans at the game. The previous record was a game between Notre Dame and Michigan on September 7th, 2013 that had 115,109 fans in attendance. This game smashed that record.
Another record that fell was Tennessee’s all-time rushing record by a quarterback. Josh Dobbs eclipsed that mark and will have a chance to build on that as the season goes on.
Jimmy Streater had the previous record with 1,374 rushing yards as a quarterback for the Vols. Dobbs broke that during the Battle at Bristol with his 106 rushing yards, giving him 1,431 rushing yards for his career. He also has 22 career rushing touchdowns, three behind Streater’s career mark of 25 scores.
The third and final record that Tennessee ended up with at the end of the night was broken by sophomore Micah Abernathy.
Virginia Tech fumbled the ball five times at the Battle at Bristol, and Abernathy recovered three of those fumbles, giving him the record for most recovered fumbles by any Tennessee player in a single game.
Abernathy has been all over the field in his first two career starts for the Vols, and he now owns a record just two games into his sophomore season.