On Dec. 30, 1972, Condredge Holloway turned in his most electrifying performance of the season, completing 11 of 19 passes for 94 yards and rushing for 74 yards in 19 carries, to lead the Vols past Louisiana State 24-17 in the 1972 Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl.
Holloway, who was named the game's outstanding player, led the Vols to a 24-3 halftime lead, scoring twice and throwing a touchdown pass to tight end Jimmy Young. But it remained for senior defensive back Conrad Graham to make the big play that finally subdued the Tigers.
LSU All-America Bert Jones had led the Tigers to two second half scores and was threatening a third when Graham cleanly broke up a fourth down pass at the Vol 10 to preserve the victory. Vol defensive lineman Carl Johnson was named the defensive player of the game.
On Dec. 30, 1994, Tennessee bolted to a 35-10 halftime lead and moved on from there to take a 45-23 triumph over Virginia Tech in the 1994 Gator Bowl game, played this year at Florida Field in Gainesville.
A 21-point second quarter was the key as the Vols scored on five of seven first half possessions. James Stewart scored three TDs and threw a 19-yard TD pass to Kendrick Jones. Peyton Manning threw a 36-yard TD pass to Marcus Nash and Jay Graham scored on a 1-yard run. Tyrone Hines had an interception which led to the Vols' first score and Shawn Summers had a 49-yard punt return that led to a Vol score in the fourth period.
Stewart, who was named the most outstanding player for the game, carried 22 times for 85 yards. Manning completed 12 of 19 passes for 189 yards. Joey Kent led the Vols with six receptions for 116 yards, 42 coming on a spectacular catch down the far boundary a play before Nash's TD grab. With the win, the Vols finished 8-4 for the season, after starting 1-3.
Tennessee fans will long believe it wasn't the field goal, but rather the officials, that won the game for North Carolina. Time appeared to have expired when the Tar Heels attempted a running play from the Volunteer 25-yard line with 16 seconds on the clock and no time outs left.
After a 7-yard gain on the play and the clock ticking, chaos ensued and QB T.J. Yates finally spiked the ball as the clock ran out. Tennessee players and coaches celebrated and UNC appeared to have conceded defeat, but officials opted to review the play and determined 1 second was left and North Carolina was guilty of having too many players on the field. The rulings allowed Barth to kick a 39-yard field goal and force overtime with a 20-20 tie.
North Carolina began the first OT at the Tennessee 12-1/2-yard line after Tennessee was flagged for roughing the kicker on the extra point. The Tar Heels needed just 4 plays to go up 27-20, but the Vols answered in just two plays to re-tie the game.
Tennessee opened the 2nd overtime and turned the ball over on an interception. Barth kicked the game-winner three plays later.