Wyoming Topples Tennessee, 13-7
Nov. 8, 2008
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Ward Dobbs' 24-yard interception return for a touchdown helped Wyoming beat Tennessee 13-7, sending the Vols and outgoing coach Phillip Fulmer to another loss.
Wyoming (4-6), which grabbed its first road win of the season, should thinking about scheduling more games at Southeastern Conference venues. The last time Wyoming went on the road to the SEC, the Cowboys beat Mississippi on Sept. 24, 2005.
Tennessee (3-7) won't be sending Fulmer out with a bowl game as the loss will keep it from becoming bowl eligible for only the second time in the coach's 17-year career. Fulmer announced Monday that he was being forced out at the end of the season.
It's only the second time in history Tennessee has piled up seven losses in a season. The loss also ensures the second losing season in Fulmer's career.
Wyoming, ranked 111th out 119 Football Bowl Subdivision teams in total offense, had a hard time finding the end zone, but didn't need to.
On the first drive of the game, Mike Neuhaus picked off Stephens and ran 55 yards before being tackled by Lucas Taylor at the Vols 4. On the next play, Chris Stutzriem rolled out of the pocket and tossed the ball to Greg Genho in the end zone.
Stephens threw to Dobbs with 9:03 left before halftime, and Dobbs' touchdown gave the Cowboys a 13-0 lead. Jake Scott missed the extra point attempt.
Looking for something to prod the offense after Nick Stephens' second interception, Tennessee put Jonathan Crompton in at quarterback.
After a few successful running plays, Crompton underthrew a pass, was sacked for an 8-yard loss and overthrew Austin Rogers on third-and-19, drawing boos from the few Tennessee fans who showed up for the game.
Wyoming piled up 167 yards on the ground compared to Tennessee's 101 yards. Top rusher Devin Moore gained 98 yards, and Wynel Seldon added 40. Stutzriem finished 8-for-16 for 95 yards and the touchdown.
Tennessee had a shot to grab the lead, stopping Moore one yard short of a fourth-and-3 at the Tennessee 24 with 12:24 in the fourth quarter.
The Vols drove 59 yards, but found themselves with a fourth-and-8 at the Wyoming 19. Crompton threw to a diving Denarius Moore, who couldn't stretch far enough to grab the ball. Crompton finished 11-for-27 for 91 yards.
Tennessee had one last chance, but sputtered at the Wyoming 47 on fourth-and-18 with just under two minutes to play.
The Vols' only successful drive came on their first possession of the second half, helped by a 23-yard run by Lennon Creer. Crompton found Gerald Jones in the end zone on an 8-yard pass to pull the Vols within 13-7 with 10:08 in the third quarter.
Dennis Rogan recovered a fumble by Stutzriem at the Vols 48 with about 10 minutes in the third quarter, but Tennessee could only move the ball 2 yards on the drive, and Britton Colquitt punted.