KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The Tennessee football team improved to 8-4 with a 53-28 win over Vanderbilt on Saturday.
The Vols rushing attack was on full display as Tennessee rushed for 331 yards.
Running back Jalen Hurd led the way with 120 rushing yards and a touchdown. Alvin Kamara added 99 rushing yards and Joshua Dobbs added 93 yards and a touchdown.
The Vols scored early and often in the first half, racing out to a 10-0 lead and were only forced to punt once in the first two quarters.
Tennessee scored on its opening drive when Joshua Dobbs found Von Pearson for a 17-yard touchdown.
Aaron Medley then added a field goal giving Tennessee a 10-0 advantage. Medley was 3-3 on the night.
After a Vanderbilt touchdown, the Vols answered when Dobbs ran into the end zone from six yards out giving Tennessee a 17-7 lead.
Vanderbilt would answer on its ensuing drive cutting Tennessee’s lead to three again, but Tennessee then scored 36 unanswered points taking a 53-14 lead early in the fourth quarter when Joe Young ran in a touchdown from eight yards out.
Vanderbilt added a late touchdown with the game in hand making the final score 53-28.
With the win the Vols finish the season on a five-game winning streak. It’s the longest winning streak for Tennessee since 2007.
The Vols record of 8-4 is the best record for a Tennessee team since the 2007 season as well.
Tennessee will now head to a bowl game for the second straight year. The entire list of bowl games will be announced on Sunday December 6 after all of the conference championship games are played.