Most of the total – the most since 2009 season opener – came in the first half, and almost all of it came on the ground by way of the Volunteers’ two-headed backfield monster, one that would leave most teams in the nation envious.
“They feed off of each other,” Tennessee coach Butch Jones told the media after his team’s victory Saturday. “The great thing about them is they're selfless. When one scores, we all score.”
Quarterback Joshua Dobbs even carried it 12 times. All three players are listed at more than 200 pounds.
The No. 25-ranked Volunteers will be waiting in Knoxville with a loaded offense that put up more than 600 yards in the season opener.
That doesn’t mean Tennessee (1-0) is invincible by any means. Led predominantly by its passing attack, Bowling Green ran up 557 yards of total offense on the Volunteers. The shootout stayed even until Tennessee pulled away in the second half.
“We’ve got to make a big jump from now to next Saturday going to Tennessee,” he said. “I think as much as anything start better. But it’s been a good group in how they’ve practiced. They’ll realize as they watch tape some of the things they can improve on, some of the foolish penalties. We’ve got to eliminate those and play in a smarter and better way next week.”
A major game and a shootout is expected between two top-25 programs in Knoxville on Saturday.