Vanderbilt started a fourth-quarter drive on the Tennessee 29 after a 27-yard punt by Palardy, but the Commodores blew the chance when Carey Spear was short on a 42-yard field-goal attempt with 7:15 remaining. But the next time the Commodores got the ball, they drove 92 yards in 12 plays for the winning touchdown.
The Commodores won despite making uncharacteristic errors and losing their entire starting secondary.
Vanderbilt entered the night having forced 16 turnovers in its last four games, but the Commodores were the ones giving the ball away Saturday. After losing just two fumbles in their first 10 games of the season, the Commodores fumbled it away three times against Tennessee, with two of them coming in the red zone. Vanderbilt safety Kenny Ladler was ejected for a targeting penalty in the third quarter, while defensive backs Andre Hal, Javon Marshall and Steven Clarke all went down with injuries.
The Commodores still held Tennessee to 53 yards passing while forcing three interceptions. Dobbs went 11 of 19 for 53 yards and was picked off twice.
Rajion Neal led Tennessee's offense by rushing for 95 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries.