Sutton injured in another lackluster Tennessee win
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Joshua Dobbs threw a pair of 20-yard touchdown passes to Josh Malone and ran for a third score as No. 15 Tennessee overcame injuries and a suspension to hold off pesky Ohio 28-19 on Saturday.
Tennessee (3-0) played without four starters _ three were injured and defensive back Malik Foreman was suspended for team rules violations. During the first half, the Volunteers (3-0) lost two of its team captains to injuries _ cornerback Cam Sutton and linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin.
Vols coach Butch Jones said Sutton would be out “an extended period of time.” Jones was optimistic Reeves-Maybin could return as early as next week but said the linebacker’s status remained uncertain.
“When those two went down, we all got together as a defense and we were determined we were going to win this game for those two,” Tennessee linebacker Cortez McDowell said.
Tennessee scored 38 seconds into the game on the first TD pass from Dobbs to Malone. The Vols continued to lead the rest of the way, though Ohio stayed close throughout.
Ohio, a 27-point underdog, was within 21-19 when Dobbs and Malone connected again with 11:07 left in the game. Ohio (1-2) wouldn’t threaten again.
Malone has caught four of Dobbs’ six touchdown passes this season.
“Our goal was to be 3-0 at this time, and we’re 3-0… but I think every person would tell you to a person we’ve got to be a lot better going into conference play,” Jones said.
Ohio’s Louie Zervos was 4 of 4 on field-goal attempts and Sebastian Smith caught nine passes for 156 yards.
The Bobcats were seeking their second straight win over a Power Five opponent after winning 37-21 at Kansas last week.