Josh Dobbs had one final opportunity to play in front of the home crowd at Neyland Stadium and he took full advantage of it.
The senior quarterback accounted for five touchdowns and more than 400 yards of offense in Tennessee's 63-37 win over Missouri.
"I don't really see an exit better than his. He almost went for 200-200. You don't really see that a lot in college football," Vols defensive back Rashaan Gaulden said.
Tennessee relied on Dobbs' arm early in the game. He hit Jauan Jennings for a 49-yard touchdown, then evaded pressure to drop a perfect throw into the hands of Josh Malone for a 57-yard score.
It might have been the best throw of Dobbs' career. At least that's what his teammates told him back on the sideline.
"It was definitely a very pretty pass," Dobbs said with a grin after the game. "They complimented me on it, they said that's probably your best throw of your career. I said, 'ah, 60 yards on a dime, that's tough to beat for sure.'"
Dobbs finished 15-of-22 for 223 yards and three touchdowns through the air. The vast majority of that came in the first half.
The Alpharetta, Ga. native did a lot of second half damage on the ground, including a career-long 70-yard touchdown run.
Dobbs racked up 190 yards on just 10 carries, breaking his own school record for rushing yards by a quarterback in a game.
Dobbs five touchdowns (his sixth career 5-TD game) put him at 81 for his career, tying Casey Clausen for second-most in Tennessee history (behind only Peyton Manning).
"I didn't expect anything else from him. He's a huge competitor," said roommate and Vols offensive lineman Brett Kendrick.
"The way he runs; he's fearless, he jumps over the piles and he does whatever he has to do to lead us," Gaulden said. "Just having him here, it's a once in a lifetime opportunity."
With time winding down late in the fourth quarter, Butch Jones called a timeout to remove his quarterback from the game and give him the chance to soak in the moment.
After the game, Jones gushed about Dobbs' character.
"I'm not very political - but he could be the president of the United States if he wanted to," Jones said. "I think he's a young man that, when he puts his mind to accomplishing whatever he wants, he'll accomplish whatever he wants."
"We knew we had something special four years ago when we walked into that house in Alpharetta, Georgia. People don't understand the rigors of the academic workload that he has and all the demands that people place on him from community service to being the quarterback at the University of Tennessee to the curriculum that he's in. I've never seen a more mature young man be able to handle that. And in Josh Dobbs' world, there is never a bad day. He's always got that smile, and he has the composure. He has the consistency like none other that I've ever seen. A young man like that only comes around so often."
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