For the first time in the Butch Jones era, the Tennessee Volunteers are under .500, with a record of 4-5.
Josh Dobb’s first career start didn’t go like Vol fans hoped, as Missouri showed why they are ranked in the top ten, rolling all over the Vols, 31-3.
Tennessee looked completely overmatched in every aspect of the game against the Tigers.
The Vols gave up 502 total yards, including 339 rushing yards. Missouri QB Maty Mauk set a career high with 114 rushing yards on 13 attempts. Mauk added 163 passing yards.
Josh Dobbs at times looked great in his first career start and other times he looked like a true freshman. Dobbs certainly has a bright future, but he still has a lot of room for improvement.
Dobbs finished with 240 yards and two interceptions on 26 of 42 passing. He also added 45 rushing yards on seven attempts.
Pig Howard led the Vols in receiving with 89 yards on 11 catches. Marquez North added 68 yards on seven catches.
The Vols struggled to get anything going offensively, especially in the ground game. Tennessee had only 94 rushing yards.
Missouri was pretty much able to do whatever they wanted on offense, whether it was running the ball or throwing the ball down the field.
Tennessee’s secondary, which had been praised in recent weeks, played particularly bad on Saturday night.
The Vols’ schedule doesn’t get any easier next week. They’ll try to get back on track against another likely top ten team — Auburn.
Auburn has been running the ball at will this season, something the Vols have not been able to stop at all.
Tennessee will likely being playing for a bowl game when they finish the season with games against Kentucky and Vanderbilt.