Tennessee coach Butch Jones celebrates with his team after beating South Carolina in Columbia, S.C., Saturday.Although the offense sputtered in overtime, Aaron Medley delivered what proved to be the winning points with a 32-yard field goal.The outcome left South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier virtually speechless. In his post-game press conference, Spurrier rambled for a minute or so before walking off the podium without taking any questions from reporters.Really, though, what could he say? It was Dobbs and the Vols who made a statement on this evening.Dobbs’ numbers were staggering. He passed for 301 yards and two touchdowns. He ran 24 times for 166 yards and three more touchdowns.It was the most rushing yards by a quarterback in UT history. The last Vols quarterback to run for 100 yards was Jimmy Streater in 1979.Tennessee Volunteers quarterback Joshua Dobbs (11) runs for a 36-yard touchdown on fourth down against the South Carolina Gamecocks.But Dobbs’ impact went far beyond mere stats. He was remarkably cool under fire, often scrambling around the South Carolina pass rush for gains or to borrow a little time for his receivers to work free. The tying pass to a wide-open Croom came when Dobbs rolled to his right and a couple of Gamecocks defenders adjusted their angles to take away his running lane.Beyond that, his mobility has taken some of the pressure off UT’s offensive line. When Worley was at quarterback, sacks came in bunches. With Dobbs’ agility and his innate feel for the pass rush, defenders are having far more trouble making plays in UT’s backfield.We should’ve seen it coming. A week earlier, Dobbs threw for 192 yards and two touchdowns while running 19 times for 75 yards against Alabama. That performance against one of the nation’s top defenses seemed to give him more confidence heading into Williams-Brice Stadium.By halftime on Saturday night, Dobbs had scored on runs of 7 and 36 yards as the Vols led South Carolina 21-14. In addition to his 93 rushing yards at halftime, he threw for 124 more.Notebook: Worley misses S. Carolina homecomingOf particular note was the way he took matters into his own hands late in the half. With the game tied 14-14, Dobbs drove the Vols 80 yards for a touchdown. That drive included a 24-yard bullet over the middle to tight end Alex Ellis and ended with Dobbs’ impressive 36-yard scoring run.The touchdown came on a fourth-and-3 play when Dobbs kept the ball on a quarterback draw. He bolted into the South Carolina secondary, cut to his right and scored untouched.And there was more where that came from.Moving forward, it is unclear if/when Worley’s injured right shoulder might allow him to return. It could create a touchy situation. But it’s clear which direction Jones should go.Based on the events of Saturday evening at Williams-Brice Stadium, the UT quarterback job belongs to Josh Dobbs. He deserves it.David Climer’s columns appear on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Reach him at 615-259-8020 or on Twitter @DavidClimer COLUMBIA, S.C. – Remember when the plan was to redshirt Josh Dobbs?Plan B is working out much better for Tennessee’s Vols.With a remarkable performance in only the second game of his sophomore season, Dobbs directed UT to a 45-42 overtime victory over South Carolina on Saturday night.In the process, Dobbs signaled that he is not only the Vols’ quarterback of the future but he is the quarterback of the present.All of which brings up the obvious question: What took UT coach Butch Jones so long to turn to Dobbs? It was out of sheer desperation due to an injury to senior quarterback Justin Worley that Jones took off Dobbs’ redshirt and sent him into the huddle.Better late than never.Related: Butch Jones has South Carolina’s numberRelated: UT never disclosed rape allegations against 2 athletesIt makes you wonder if the Vols might have won another game or two with Dobbs on the field instead of on the sideline. In particular, you can make a case that Dobbs might have made a difference when the UT offense went south in the fourth quarter of the Florida game.We’ll never know. But what we do know is that the Vols now have a reasonable chance to break a three-year postseason drought. At 4-5 overall thanks to the first SEC victory of the season, UT can become bowl eligible by winning two of its remaining three games following an open date.With Dobbs at quarterback, the prognosis is good. Against South Carolina, he was the winning edge. He was at his very, very best when the game — and perhaps the season — was on the line.Down by seven points, UT’s defense forced a South Carolina punt, which put the ball in Dobbs’ hands with 1:23 remaining in regulation. He was up to the challenge. He drove the Vols 85 yards in nine plays, throwing to Jason Croom for the tying touchdown with 11 seconds on the clock.