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Tennessee quarterback Josh Dobbs reaches to complete a 10-yard TD run in the second quarter.

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Huskers Fall to Tennessee in Nashville: Nebraska fell behind 14-0 midway through the first half and was unable to recover in a 38-24 loss to Tennessee in the Music City Bowl.
   Tennessee quarterback Josh Dobbs completed 23 of 38 passes for 291 yards and a touchdown while adding 11 carries for 118 yards and three rushing touchdowns. He finished with 409 total yards.
   Nebraska’s Ryker Fyfe, who drew the start in place of injured four-year starting QB Tommie Armstrong Jr., answered with 243 yards on 17-of-36 passing. He threw a pair of touchdown passes Brandon Reilly, who finished with four catches for 98 yards.

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Devine Ozigbo sets up Nebraska’s second TD with a 42-yard run.


The Huskers at least came back and made it a game. And for that, you have to give them some credit.”

Chris Heady
Land of 10


The trenches is what stuck out to me.”

Adam Carriker
Former Husker


Friday’s Music City Bowl provided another Big Ten West opponent. The Vols did the rest.”

John Adams
Knoxville News Sentinel


At some point ... Tennessee has to turn the positive momentum from winning a bowl game into actual on-field results the next season.”

Greg Ostendorf


This may have been one of the worst displays of tackling we’ve seen from Nebraska all season.”

Sean Callahan


For too much of this loss ... the Huskers didn’t play with enough tenacity.”

Steven M. Sipple*
Lincoln Journal Star


There’s no escaping the fact that the Big Red is weak up front on both sides of the ball”

Tad Stryker


Tennessee’s defense gave up 420 yards rushing to Missouri in November. ... And the Huskers go for 2.2 yards per rush against these guys?”

Tom Shatel*
Omaha World-Herald


This was the end of year two under Riley, but year three feels like a sort of rebirth.”

Brandon Vogel
Hail Varsity


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Tennessee 38
Nebraska 24
Dec. 30, 2016 — 2:30 p.m. CST
Music City Bowl | Nashville, TN | ESPN | Game on DVD

               1    2    3    4   -  Final
Nebraska       0    7    7   10   -   24 
Tennessee      0   21    3   14   -   38

2nd quarter
UT: John Kelly 28 run (Aaron Medley kick) 13:20 
UT: Josh Dobbs 10 run (Medley kick) 7:36 
NU: Brandon Reilly 38 pass from Ryker Fyfe 
    (Drew Brown kick) 1:36 
UT: Dobbs 2 run (Medley kick) 0:09 
3rd quarter
UT: Medley 46 field goal, 5:52
NU: Reilly 9 pass from Fyfe (Brown kick) 3:26 
4th quarter
UT: Dobbs 3 run (Medley kick) 14:09 
NU: Brown 45 field goal, 12:06
NU: Fyfe 9 run (Brown kick) 10:02 
UT: Josh Malone 59 pass from Dobbs 
    (Medley kick) 8:45 
                              NU       UT
FIRST DOWNS.................. 18       25
  Rushing..................... 5       12
  Passing.................... 12       12
  Penalty..................... 1        1
RUSHES-YARDS (NET)........ 28-61   38-230
PASSING YDS (NET)........... 257      291
  Att-Comp-Int.......... 42-19-0  38-23-0
TOTAL OFFENSE ........... 70-318   76-521
Punt Returns-Yards.......... 0-0      1-1
Kickoff Returns-Yards...... 2-28     3-73
Punts (Number-Avg)....... 7-42.7   6-43.3
Fumbles-Lost................ 3-1      1-1
Penalties-Yards............ 7-41     6-65
Possession Time........... 28:28    31:32
Third-Down Conv. ....... 5 of 16  6 of 14
Fourth-Down Conv. ....... 0 of 2   0 of 1
Red-Zone Scores-Chances..... 2-2      3-4
Sacks By: Number-Yards...... 0-0     4-36

NU: Ozigbo 7-66; Newby 9-15; Carter 1-9; 
    Morgan 1-0; Wilbon 1-minus 1; TEAM 
    1-minus 1; Fyfe 8-minus 27.
UT: Dobbs 11-118; Kelly 15-70; Kamara 
    7-31; Jennings 2-14; Byrd 1-9; TEAM
    1-minus 1; Smith 1-minus 11.

NU: Fyfe 17-36-0-243; Darlington 2-6-0-14
UT: Dobbs 23-38-0-291.

NU: Pierson-El 5-49; Reilly 4-98; Morgan
    3-28; Carter 2-34; Reimers 2-26; 
    Newby 2-11; Ozigbo 1-11.
UT: Kamara 7-46; Jennings 6-59; Malone 
    5-120; Croom 2-38; Smith 2-13; Wolf

Attendance: 64,496

Reilly TD
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Brandon Reilly catches the ball for a third-quarter touchdown over Tennessee defensive back Micah Abernathy.
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