Vanderbilt upsets No. 17 Tennessee 45-34

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 26, 2016 - running back Alvin Kamara #6 of the Tennessee Volunteers during the game between the Vanderbilt Commodores and the Tennessee Volunteers at Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville, TN. Photo By Craig Bisacre/Tennessee Athletics

NASHVILLE (WATE) – Tennessee’s defense finally proved to be a problem.

The No. 17 Vols were outscored 21-3 in the second half as Vanderbilt stunned Tennessee 45-34 Saturday night at Vanderbilt Stadium in the 110th edition of the in-state rivalry.
The Commodores’ 45 points were the most scored against an SEC opponent for the program in 45 years.

While the loss ends Tennessee’s (8-4, 4-4 SEC) hopes of a Sugar Bowl berth, the Vols will have to wait and see what’s next. Tennessee has an assortment of possibilities where it could end up.

Potential bowl games for Tennessee

  • Dec. 28: Texas Bowl, Houston (SEC vs. Big 12)
  • Dec. 29: Belk Bowl, Charlotte (SEC vs. ACC)
  • Dec. 30: Liberty Bowl, Memphis (SEC vs. Big 12)
  • Dec. 30: Music City Bowl, Nashville (SEC vs. Big Ten/ACC)
  • Dec. 31: TaxSlayer Bowl, Jacksonville (SEC vs. Big Ten/ACC)
  • Jan. 2: Outback Bowl, Tampa (SEC vs. Big Ten)


After giving up a school record 740 total yards to Missouri last week, the Vols defense struggled for the third consecutive outing.

While Tennessee’s run defense allowed a combined 863 yards on the ground to Kentucky and Missouri, the Vols showed signs of improvement as Vanderbilt ran for 192 yards.

The Commodores (6-6, 3-5 SEC) beat Tennessee through the air.

Vanderbilt sophomore Kyle Shurmur threw for 416 yards, becoming the first quarterback in school history to reach that mark since 2006. Trent Sheffield led the receiving corps with 184 yards on nine catches.

On the other sideline, Joshua Dobbs was near perfect in the passing attack for the fourth consecutive game. The senior quarterback finished 31/34 with 340 passing yards and two touchdowns.
Dobbs did have a fumble in the second half that Vanderbilt converted into a scoring drive, proving to be costly for the Vols.
Alvin Kamara ran for 69 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries. The Vols’ junior running back also led the team with eight catches for 72 yards and a score.
Since getting upset at South Carolina, Dobbs has accounted for 969 yards and 11 touchdowns through the air. He’s also added 390 yards and four scores on the ground. He’s guided a Tennessee offense that has scored 58 total touchdowns this season, its highest mark since scoring a program-record 62 in 1993.

But Dobbs and the Vols’ offense could not pull the defense out of another jam.
Tennessee scored on three of its five trips to the red zone. Meanwhile, Vanderbilt put points on the scoreboard in all six of its trips, proving to be the difference maker.

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