Joshua Dobbs ran for three touchdowns and 118 yards and threw for 291 yards and another score and Tennessee beat No. 24 Nebraska, 38-24, on Friday in the Music City Bowl.
The Volunteers (9-4) beat a Big Ten team in a bowl for a third straight year and notched their first win in three tries against the Cornhuskers. It’s the first time Tennessee has won three straight bowls since 1994-1996 when Peyton Manning was quarterback for the Vols.
Tennessee took a 14-0 lead in the second quarter and outgained Nebraska, 521 yards to 318, in total offense in the bowl sponsored by Franklin American Mortgage.
Nebraska (9-4) ended the season with two consecutive losses. The Cornhuskers lost four of their final six after rising as high as No. 7 in the rankings.
Ryker Fyfe, the fifth-year former walk-on started for injured quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. He pulled Nebraska to within a touchdown in the fourth quarter. Fyfe threw two TD passes to Brandon Reilly and ran for a nine-yard TD with 10:02 left in the fourth to pull the Cornhuskers to within 31-24.
Dobbs answered with a 59-yard TD pass to Josh Malone for the final margin.