Update: Vols lead into 4th quarter against Ohio

The Tennessee Vols hosted the Ohio Bobcats Saturday and led into the fourth quarter.

The Vols 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 opening drive. 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, Quart’e Sapp, and Jalen Reeves-Maybin all being shaken up on separate plays. Sutton in particular left the game in the second quarter, limping into the locker room with the help of a trainer. 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.


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