It was what you wanted, with a little bonus special teams flair. The Vols scored an opening touchdown after a Western Carolina fumble, added three points on their next drive, then exploded for 31 points in the second quarter. Along the way Josh Dobbs went 15 of 21 for 144 yards (6.9 yards per attempt), and threw a pair of touchdowns including a 25 yarder to the back of the end zone to Preston Williams on the first drive. Jalen Hurd got in 11 carries for 68 yards and a touchdown, adding another on a five yard reception. The Tennessee first team defense completely shut down the Catamounts, and the Vols led 34-3 with a minute left in the first half.
The Vols celebrated Eric Berry before kickoff, who was on hand after the Chiefs played on Thursday night. And younger brother Evan decided to add to the cause:
Not to be outdone, Alvin Kamara returned a punt for six in the second half when filling in for Cam Sutton. It was that kind of night: the Vols used at least two of everything, including specialists, en route to a 55-10 cakewalk. Several of those backups were impressive, including Quinten Dormady who went 6 of 8 for 93 yards and a couple of absolute strikes, one on another deep ball to Preston Williams and another on the run to
Josh Malone Williams again for a touchdown. Tennessee got a look at every freshman it wanted to see.
And that's good, because the free looks are now over. The Vols go to Gainesville looking to put to bed ten years and two weeks of frustration, and they will need several of those freshmen to get it done. The Gators are currently locked in a low-scoring brawl with Kentucky in Lexington, and we might expect more of the same next Saturday. Tonight we celebrate the Vols taking care of business, and I know all of us are ready to move on to a very big ballgame next week.