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This Day In #Vols History (Dec. 20)


The Vols captured the 1971 Liberty Bowl on Dec. 20 with a comeback 14-13 win over Arkansas. 

Late in the fourth quarter, Arkansas looked to be a sure winner of the 1971 Liberty Bowl only to see the game get away.

Leading 13-7, the Razorbacks had the game-winning field goal nullified by a penalty. A series later, the Hogs lost a fumble after a completed pass at their 36. Thus inspired, the Vols struck quickly for the winning score.

Quarterback Jim Maxwell hit tight end Gary Theiler to the Arkansas 19. Curt Watson, closing out a brilliant career, finished the drive with a 17-yard touchdown run.

George Hunt's extra point was the margin of victory. The Vols added an interception moments later and put the game away. The narrow victory enabled the Vols to finish No. 9 in both national polls.

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