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This Day In #Vols History (Dec. 27)

The Vols dropped a narrow 14-13 decision to Florida in the 1969 Gator Bowl on Dec. 27.


Before a Gator Bowl- record crowd of 72,248, SEC champ Tennessee went down in defeat to a Florida team which, like the Vols, had far exceeded expectations during the regular season.

Damage from the heralded passing duo of John Reaves and Carlos Alvarez was held to manageable proportions, but Tennessee's inability to score inside the 10 sealed the Vols' fate.

Workhorse running back Curt Watson gained 121 yards on 25 carries and tight end Ken DeLong caught five passes for 50 yards. But a blocked punt that Florida turned into a touchdown was the ultimate difference.

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