The Vols jumped to a 14-3 halftime lead as Francis threw touchdown passes to wide receiver Joey Clinkscales and fullback William Howard. Minnesota got a late field goal from Chip Lohmiller and trailed 14-3 at the half.
The Gophers dominated the third period, getting another field goal from Lohmiller and a touchdown from Foggie on a fourth-down option play. Freshman Darrell Thompson's two-point conversion run knotted the count.
The Vols roared back for the clinching score, as Francis hit Nate Middlebrooks and Anthony Miller to move deep into Minnesota territory. On third-and-3, he hit Clinkscales for the game-winner in the left corner of the end zone.
The Vol defense shut down Foggie and Minnesota the rest of the way and rang up UT's third Liberty Bowl victory in as many tries.
In 1973, Tennessee dropped a 28-19 decision to Texas Tech in the Gator Bowl.
Tennessee and Texas Tech gave the 62,000-plus fans on hand an exciting offensive show that was another in a series of 1973 games that went down to the wire before a winner was determined.
This time, however, it was Texas Tech jumping to an early lead and hanging on for a 28-19 victory. The Red Raiders jumped to a 14-0 lead on the running and passing of quarterback Joe Barnes and led 14-3 at the half as Ricky Townsend got the Vols on the board with a 30-yard field goal.
Haskel Stanback led the Vols' second-half rally, running for one touchdown and catching a pass from Condredge Holloway for another.
The Vols closed to 21-19, but misfired on a two-point conversion and a field goal before a long run and subsequent touchdown put the game away for the Texans. Stanback gained 95 yards in 19 carries and was named Tennessee's outstanding player.
DECEMBER 29 (1-1) 1973 L, 19-28 No. 11 Texas Tech (N) @ Jacksonville, Fla. (Gator Bowl) 1986 W, 21-14 Minnesota (N) @ Memphis, Tenn. (Liberty Bowl)