Missouri too much for Vols, 31-3

Ups and downs for freshman quarterback Josh Dobbs

Missouri safety Braylon Webb (9) makes an interception against Tennessee wide receiver Jason Croom (18) in the endzone during the second half at Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Mo. on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. (ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Missouri safety Braylon Webb (9) makes an interception against Tennessee wide receiver Jason Croom (18) in the endzone during the second half at Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Mo. on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. (ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL)

Tennessee defensive lineman Daniel Hood (97) looks dejectedly up at the scoreboard in the final minutes of Tennessee's 31-3 loss to Missouri at Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Mo. on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. (ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee defensive lineman Daniel Hood (97) looks dejectedly up at the scoreboard in the final minutes of Tennessee's 31-3 loss to Missouri at Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Mo. on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. (ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL)

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Maty Mauk decisively won the battle of back-up freshman quarterbacks Saturday night.

Not coincidentally, Mauk’s 10th-ranked Missouri Tigers prevailed 31-3 in Tennessee’s first visit to Faurot Field.

Missouri (8-1, 4-1 SEC) retained in the driver’s seat in the Eastern Division race.

The Vols (4-5, 1-4) saw their road losing streak stretched to 12 games. They last won on the road at Vanderbilt nearly three years ago.

Only Michael Palardy’s 51-yard field goal saved the Vols from being shut out.

UT freshman Josh Dobbs had predictable ups and downs in his first collegiate start and only his second game.

Dobbs, who was still in redshirt status until Justin Worley was injured last week at Alabama, passed for 240 yards and rushed for 45 more.

But he also threw two interceptions and lost a fumble.

Tennessee’s offense penetrated the red zone only once. Dobbs was run out of bounds at the Mizzou 8, a yard short of converting a fourth down, early in the fourth quarter.

The Vols’ defense, on the uptick as recent as two weeks ago against South Carolina, continued the backward slide that started at Alabama.

Mizzou finished with 502 yards.

Mauk, filling in his third game for injured senior James Franklin, had modest passing stats in the first half: 9-of-20 for 135 yards. But those numbers were deceiving.

Three of his completions went for touchdowns, 9 yards to Dorial Green-Beckham, 26 yards to L’Damian Washington and 40 yards to Marcus Lucas.

He finished with 163 yards passing and rushed for 114 more, mostly by breaking containment on scrambles.

Tennessee penetrated the Mizzou 30 only once in the first half — when Dobbs fumbled at the 29.

Palardy booted a 51-yard field goal in the second quarter but Missouri’s Andrew Baggett matched him with one from 24 yards.

The only score of the third quarter was Russell Hansbrough’s 26-yard bold for a Missouri touchdown to make it 31-3.

Tennessee is back home Saturday, but faces another top-10 team in Auburn (8-1). Kickoff is noon (TV: ESPN).

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no1djkb#278630 writes:

we lost but I like the way Dobbs threw it around. He made some mistakes but man all those mental errors that our seniors and juniors are making are killing us. Coach is right, we are institutionalized. We need a road win badly

moorevols55#1417579 writes:

Defensive coaching is bad. No aggression, very soft and passive from those coaches. With the lack of talent that we have they need to be much more aggressive, blitz early and often, take chances and the defensive coaches do none of that.

Offensive line was pathetic. Blocking was horrible and way too many penalties. That has become common.

Receivers hurt the team badly on many occasions.

Lane ran well. Dobbs was decent. Palardy is the MVP.

underthehill writes:

I expected a better effort from the O line and run game..and the entire defense..and the receivers..I was not disappointed with Dobbs..this was not a game for the coaching staff to indicate they laid a brick or two ..it was more like they laid a bunch of eggs..after the bama game I did not expect the d backs to play 10 yards off the receivers on 3rd and 5 and hope the receivers dropped the ball..not a good game plan..the team took a big step backward in this game..hope to see a much better all around effort next week..

TommyJack writes:

Dobbs is the future.

no1djkb#278630 writes:

guys it is not the coaches this time. you guys are smart posters. Lets be real about this. our problems come from years of players not being coached up. it is hard to get a person to believe in themselves when they have years of mediocrity hitting them in the face. we are going to have to gut this team and start over. we are number 4 in recruiting. lets hope we can start with this next class

johnlg00 writes:

in response to no1djkb#278630:

guys it is not the coaches this time. you guys are smart posters. Lets be real about this. our problems come from years of players not being coached up. it is hard to get a person to believe in themselves when they have years of mediocrity hitting them in the face. we are going to have to gut this team and start over. we are number 4 in recruiting. lets hope we can start with this next class

Both lines WILL gutted next year, though right now that doesn't look like too bad of a prospect. Hard to imagine even a bunch of scrubs and freshmen could do much worse. Dobbs shows some flashes but the rest of the offense has to help him out more. For all their apparent physical talent, North and Croom need a LOT of work on the mental aspects of the game, such as running good routes and ball skills. They haven't had a lot of game experience, but they also seem to lack the instincts to adjust to and FIGHT FOR the ball. Josh Smith may the best route-runner on the team, but he just HAS to do a better job of securing the catch. Part of his problem is that his QB at CAK, Charlie High, threw a rather soft ball while Dobbs, especially, throws hard. Josh didn't have that excuse with Worley, but the DBs seem to rattle him just as much.

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