NASHVILLE, TN- Vanderbilt topped No. 24/24 Tennessee in an offensive slugfest on Saturday to take a 45-34 win over the Volunteers at Vanderbilt Stadium.
The Vols (8-4, 4-4 SEC) and the Commodores (6-6, 3-5 SEC) traded scores all night, but the game came down to 14-point quarter by Vanderbilt to give them the edge. Tennessee, which is No. 19 in the College Football Playoff rankings, led 31-24 at the half.
On the final play of the second quarter, junior defensive end Derek Barnett registered his career-best 12th sack of the season and the 32nd of his career, tying the great Reggie White for the most career sacks in Tennessee history.
UT senior quarterback Joshua Dobbs finished 31-of-34 for 340 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for 53 on 13 carries. Redshirt junior running back Alvin Kamara accounted for 69 yards rushing on 10 carries for two touchdowns and eight catches for 72 yards and a touchdown. Junior receiver Josh Malone had seven catches for 121 yards and a touchdown.
Tennessee now has 58 total touchdowns on the season, marking the Vols’ most touchdowns in a season since scoring a program-record 62 in 1993.