The Dec. 30 contest posted a 3.1 US HH rating on ESPN
Franklin, Tenn. (January, 2017)
– The Tennessee Volunteers (9-4) defeated the Nebraska Cornhuskers (9-4) by a score of 38-24 to win the 19th annual Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl on Dec. 30 at Nissan Stadium in Nashville. The game was a sell-out, setting a new Bowl attendance record of 68,496 fans.
Tennessee’s senior quarterback Josh Dobbs set a record of his own, eclipsing the previous Bowl record of two rushing touchdowns scored by a single player by running for three on the night – a performance that earned him the game’s MVP honors. In addition to his rushing touchdowns, Dobbs connected with wide receiver Josh Malone for a touchdown in the middle of the fourth quarter to seal the victory for Tennessee. Senior defensive end and Brentwood Academy alum Derek Barnett also had an impressive game, setting an all-time Tennessee record with the 33rd sack of his career.
Second-string Nebraska quarterback Ryker Fyfe kept the Cornhuskers in contention with a pair of touchdown passes to wide receiver Brandon Reilly, and a fourth quarter fumble recovery and subsequent Fyfe rushing touchdown allowed Nebraska to pull within seven points. Ultimately, that was as close as the Cornhuskers would come before Tennessee pulled away to capture its first Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl championship in its second appearance.
“The Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl is the highlight of our year,” said Dan Crockett, President/CEO of Franklin American Mortgage Company. “The strong football traditions at both Nebraska and Tennessee elevated this year’s game, bringing greater national exposure to our company and to the city of Nashville. The success of this year’s game also brought more awareness and support to our numerous Bowl-related charities.”
About Franklin American Mortgage Company:
Franklin American Mortgage is recognized as one of the fastest-growing mortgage companies in the nation. The company is dedicated to providing opportunities for families and individuals to achieve the dream of homeownership. Each year, FAMC is proud to support numerous charitable causes throughout the communities it serves. For more information about the company and its services, please go to www.franklinamerican.com