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Anthony Chiusano | NCAA.com | December 30, 2016

Barnett breaks Vols sack record, whole team celebrates

  Derek Barnett (9) picked up his 33rd career sack in Tennessee's Music City Bowl victory.

Tennessee defensive end Derek Barnett closed out his outstanding Vols career Friday in the Music City Bowl against Nebraska by becoming the new all-time sacks leader in program history. His 33rd career sack surpassed Hall of Famer Reggie White.

Not bad company to be in.

With 3:46 left in Friday's bowl game in Nashville, Tennessee, Barnett beat his blocker on the outside right to take down Huskers quarterback Ryker Fyfe on third down to essentially clinch the 38-24 victory. The senior finished his final collegiate game with six tackles and that one record-breaking sack.

To make the moment even more special, Tennessee coach Butch Jones called a timeout after the sack to stop play and allow time for the whole Vols squad to mob Barnett on the field in celebration. 

Barnett battled injuries early this season but still finished with 13 sacks as the unquestioned leader of the Vols' defensive unit.

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