Analysis: First down efficiency leads to Vols big day on offense

The sports team takes a deeper look in how Tennessee's offense fared Saturday, and what it means for Team 120.

Tennessee's offense averaged 10.2 yards per play in the win over Kentucky on Saturday.

That's a first down per snap.

The Vols had one of their best offensive performances of the season, putting up 49 points and 599 yards while rushing for a season-high 376 yards.

John Kelly was six yards shy of giving the Vols three 100-yard rushers for only the second time in school history (1991 against Vanderbilt).

"I believe we only had five third downs the entire game, which means you're winning first downs, mixed downs, first and second down," said head coach Butch Jones. "I thought our offensive line came off the ball really well."

Tennessee's first down efficiency was off the charts.

The Vols gained 359 yards on 31 first down plays, including 283 on the ground.

"I thought we had very good balance," Jones said. "When we threw the football, we threw it down the field. We were efficient, our receivers ran good routes. It all starts with protection up front though, our offensive line really provided a clean pocket where Josh could sit in the home position, and then Josh obviously delivered the throws."

Dobbs was 4-6 for 76 yards and a touchdown passing on first down (11-17, 223, 3 TDs, INT overall), and was even better rushing on first down - 171 yards and a touchdown on eight carries.

Several of Dobbs' longer runs came on one particular play - "Q Counter" - explained in the video above.

The senior QB's two touchdown runs brings his career total to 27, breaking Jimmy Streater's school record for quarterbacks.

 "It's funny because my mom told me I was in the ball park, around that number," Dobbs said. "So obviously when you're on the field, you're just playing and not thinking about it; but it's definitely an honor to be able to do that. You celebrate records, and it's an awesome feeling."

Dobbs also eclipsed 8,000 total yards for his career, joining Peyton Manning, Casey Clausen and Erik Ainge as the only Vols to accomplish that feat.


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