The issue was in doubt until Maryland defensive back Keeta Covington jarred the ball loose from the Vols' Tony Robinson, just when the Vols looked to be in position to win on a last-second field goal attempt.
The Vols jumped to the early lead on the running of tailback Johnnie Jones and the passing combo of Robinson to Tim McGee. Fuad Reveiz added two field goals and the Vols appeared in control. Maryland reeled off 22 consecutive points in the third quarter, before Pete Panuska gave the Vols their last lead of the game, returning a Maryland kickoff 100 yards for the go-ahead score.
Maryland's Rick Badjanek scored the game-winner with 2:28 left. But it remained for Covington to make his big play to secure the Maryland victory.