Tennessee routs No. 12 Northwestern 45-6 in Outback Bowl

By FRED GOODALL, AP Sports Writer

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tennessee capped a best deteriorate in 8 years with a winning opening in a Outback Bowl.

Joshua Dobbs threw for 166 yards and ran for dual touchdowns, assisting a Volunteers subjection No. 12 Northwestern 45-6 before a throng of 53,202 on Friday.

Dobbs scored on runs 14 and 18 yards, while Jalen Hurd rushed for 130 yards and one TD for a Volunteers (9-4), who finished with during slightest 9 wins for a initial time given 2007. Evan Berry put a punctuation symbol on a blowout by returning one of Tennessee’s 4 interceptions 100 yards for a TD in a shutting seconds.

Northwestern (10-3) sputtered offensively and was incompetent to keep adult a stronger, faster Vols defensively in descending brief on a bid to finish with a school-record 11 victories.

Dobbs finished 14 of 25 passes. The dual-threat quarterback ran 12 times for 48 yards, including a highlight-reel detonate around right finish in that he pacifist for his second TD after picking adult a bobbled snap and tight-roping his approach adult a sideline to make it 31-6 early in a fourth quarter.

Hurd scored on 3-yard run in a third entertain and became a initial Tennessee actor to tip 100 yards rushing in dual play games. The 6-foot-4, 240-pound sophomore ran for 122 yards in a Vols’ feat over Iowa in final year’s Taxslayer Bowl.

The 100-yard opening was a ninth of Hurd’s career, sixth this season.

Both teams finished a unchanging deteriorate on five-game winning streaks, Tennessee finishing clever after a 3-4 start that enclosed waste to Alabama, Oklahoma, Florida and Arkansas by a total 17 points and Northwestern resilient from unilateral Big Ten waste to Michigan and Iowa in uninterrupted weeks in October.

The Vols won a usually prior assembly between a schools, 48-28 in a 1997 Florida Citrus Bowl. They softened to 3-1 in a Outback, where Tennessee kick Boston College on Jan. 1. 1993 and Wisconsin to finish with a 10-4 record 8 years ago — a final time a Vols seemed in a SEC championship diversion and won during slightest 9 games.

Northwestern’s Clayton Thorson, one of only 8 freshmen in a Football Bow Subdivision given 2008 to lead his group to 10 wins, was 8 of 20 flitting for 57 yards and dual interceptions.

The Wildcats, whose 3 waste came by a total measure of 123-16, were outgained 420 yards to 261. Justin Jackson averaged over 5 yards per lift in rushing for 74 yards and one TD, a 5-yard run that finished a 12-play, 75-yard expostulate in a second entertain to trim Tennessee’s lead to 10-6.

The Wildcats missed a additional point, and it was flattering most all downhill from there.

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