Calvin Mattheis | Ohio Athletics

Bobcats Come Up Short at Tennessee

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With 11:07 left in the fourth quarter, Tennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs found Josh Malone in the back of the end zone for a 20 yard touchdown. In a game that saw touchdowns hard to come by, the score gave the No. 15 Volunteers a nine point advantage over Ohio and would be enough to give them a 28-19 victory.

The Volunteers jumped out to a fast start after receiving the opening kickoff. A 20-yard touchdown pass from Dobbs to Malone capped off a 3-play, 55-yard drive to give them an early 7-0 lead.

Ohio spent the entire first half of the game kicking field goals as they could not seem to capitalize inside the red zone.   Louie Zervos was 4-4 on field goal attempts in the first half for the Bobcats. His four field goals helped Ohio keep up with the Volunteers as the Bobcats trailed just 14-12 at halftime.

After Dobbs rushed for a 12-yard touchdown in the third quarter, the Bobcats answered with their first touchdown of the day. Greg Windham connected with Jordan Reid for a four-yard touchdown pass that brought the Bobcats within two points. However, that score was the last that the Ohio offense could muster up at Neyland Stadium.

Leading the way for the Volunteers was Dobbs, who threw for 203 yards and two touchdowns. Halfback Jalen Hurd ran for 61 yards on 15 carries with one touchdown.

Ohio quarterback Greg Windham completed 23 passes on 46 attempts with one touchdown. His main target of the day was Sebastian Smith with nine receptions for 156 yards.

After today’s loss, Ohio is now 0-27 against opponents ranked in the Associated Press Top 25. The Bobcats (1-2) host the Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs next Saturday at Peden Stadium at 2:00 p.m.