In Paul "Bear" Bryant's last game as Aggie head coach, Tennessee used a fourth quarter field goal by placekicker Sammy Burklow and a stubborn defense to hand the Aggies a 3-0 defeat on a wet and muddy Gator Bowl field.
It was the lowest-scoring game in the history of the Gator Bowl and was played before a Gator Bowl-record crowd of 43,709.
The field goal was the first of Burklow's career and came from 17 yards out with 5:30 left to play in the game. It was a day for the defenses to shine as action was confined between the 35-yard lines.
The game was marked by the now-famous collision between Vol tailback Bobby Gordon and Aggie Heisman Trophy winner John David Crow on the Vols' march to the winning score. Both players recovered to continue play, with Gordon holding for Burklow's game-winning field goal.