NASHVILLE — Tennessee couldn't find the end zone in the second half and Vanderbilt took full advantage as the Commodores rallied for a 45-34 win Saturday night.
"They just out executed us, and we had some big plays in the first half and we weren't able to get those plays," Tennessee coach Butch Jones said. "I thought they were able to apply pressure and (quarterback) Josh (Dobbs) had to escape the pocket but pretty much the same stuff that we had seen in the first half."
Dobbs found wide receiver Josh Malone for a 27-yard touchdown pass to put the Volunteers up 31-24 with 54 second remaining in the second quarter. However, Tennessee was held to 134 passing yards the second half and the only points in the last two quarters came from Aaron Medle's 25-yard field goal with 3:57 showing in the third.
Tennessee drops to 8-4 overall and 4-4 in the Southeastern Conference. Vanderbilt moved to 6-6, 3-5.
The result was just the sixth time in 70 games where a team coached by Butch Jones lost after leding at the half.
See more from Jones by watching the InsideTennessee video above.