TAMPA, Fla. (WATE) – The Tennessee Vols began 2016 with a victory beating Northwestern 45-6 in the 2016 Outback Bowl.
The win makes back-to-back bowl victories for the Vols, the first time that has happened for the Tennessee program since the Vols won the 1996 and 1997 Citrus Bowls.
Tennessee and Northwestern got off to slow starts with both teams missing field goals early in the first quarter. The Vols opened up the scoring in the final minute of the first quarter when Joshua Dobbs ran in from 14 yards out giving Tennessee a 7-0 lead.In the second quarter, the Vols added an Aaron Medley field goal taking a 10-0 lead with 10:47 remaining in the first half. Medley was 1-2 on the day.
In the second quarter, the Vols added an Aaron Medley field goal taking a 10-0 lead with 10:47 remaining in the first half. Medley was 1-2 on the day.Northwestern answered on its next drive when Justin Jackson ran in from five-yards out. The extra point was no good, leaving the Vols ahead 10-6.
Northwestern answered on its next drive when Justin Jackson ran in from five-yards out. The extra point was no good, leaving the Vols ahead 10-6.
Northwestern failed to score again, as the Vols rattled off 35 unanswered points.
Tennessee answered on its next possession driving 75 yards in nine plays capped by an 11-yard Alvin Kamara touchdown run giving the Vols a 17-6 lead.
In the fourth quarter, the Vols continued their strong offensive output, when Dobbs ran in for his second score of the day, an 18 yard run giving Tennessee a 31-6 advantage.
Dobbs finished the game with 12 carries for 48 yards and two touchdowns. He was 14-25 with 166 yards through the air.
The Vols added another touchdown with 4:24 to go when John Kelly ran in from one yard out giving Tennessee a 38-6 lead.
Evan Berry made an impact on the game in the final seconds when he intercepted a pass in the end zone and took it 100 yards for a touchdown giving Tennessee a 45-6 lead.
With the win, the Vols finish the season with a 9-4 record. Tennessee’s last nine-win season came back in 2007.