The Tennessee Vols defeated the Ohio Bobcats 28-19 Saturday.
The No. 15 Vols (3-0) started strong, with Alvin Kamara blazing out the gate with a 40-yard run. Then quarterback Joshua Dobbs connected with Josh Malone for a touchdown. The Vols led less than a minute in, 7-0.
Tennessee shot themselves in the foot several times on Ohio’s (1-2) opening drive with penalties. The Bobcats, hailing from the Mid-American Conference (MAC), finished a long first quarter drive with a field goal, bringing the score to 7-3.
The offense would strike again, with Dobbs originally hitting Juaun Jennings for a 15-yard touchdown. The play was overturned after review showed Jennings touched out of bounds before scoring. But no matter, Jalen Hurd was able to leap into the end zone for a one-foot touchdown to give Tennessee a 14-6 lead.
A strong Vols’ defensive front was able to hold Ohio to just four field goals through the first half. Tennessee led 14-12 at halftime.
Injuries struck early and often, with each of Cam Sutton, Danny O'Brien, Quart’e Sapp, and Jalen Reeves-Maybin all being shaken up on separate plays. Sutton left the game in the second quarter, limping into the locker room with the help of a trainer.
Butch Jones said after the game that Sutton would be out for "an extended period of time."
"I feel for him, I feel for his family," Jones said.
Sapp left late in the second quarter on crutches.
The two teams were neck-and-neck into the second half. Dobbs and the Vols would strike first on a 12-yard quarterback keep for a touchdown. The Vols had breathing room with a 21-12 lead. Ohio would counter on a 75-yard drive that ended with quarterback Greg Windham completing a 4-yard pass to Jordan Reid, making it 21-19 as minutes winded down in the third quarter.
Tennessee kept the pressure on the Bobcats as their running game propelled them through a 90-yard drive early in the fourth quarter. Dobbs capped off the drive with a 20-yard pass to Malone for a touchdown.
Tennessee has won nine games in a row. The Vols will host Florida in Week 4.