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Tennessee beat Tulsa, 27-6, in the Bluebonnet Bowl on Dec. 18, 1965, in the team's only game on this date.
Tennessee made its first bowl appearance since the Gator Bowl victory over Texas A & M in 1957 and made it a successful return by taking the measure of the Tulsa Hurricanes 27-6 in a swampy Rice Stadium.
The game was played in the wettest weather that ever confronted a Tennessee team, a steady downpour that that did not cease until long after the game was over.
The Vols took care of business quickly, moving to a 20-6 halftime lead by taking advantage of Tulsa turnovers and some brilliant work on the kicking game.
Tulsa fumbles led to the Vol touchdowns by Hal Wantland and Dewey Warren and Jerry Smith's 45-yard punt return led to the third, another score by Warren. Glenn Gray's pass interception led to the final Vol score, an 11-yard burst by fullback Stan Mitchell.
Tulsa gained 250 yards through the air despite the wet conditions, but three fumbles and four Vol interceptions turned the game Tennessee's way.
The Vols rallied to beat Maryland, 30-23, on Dec. 17, 1983 to capture the Florida Citrus Bowl.
The Vols closed out their finest season since 1972, scoring two fourth quarter touchdowns to defeat Maryland 30-23, before a sellout crowd of 50,500 and millions more on ESPN.
Johnnie Jones and Alan Cockrell were the Vols' offensive stickouts. Jones gained 154 yards on 29 carries and tallied twice. Cockrell completed 16 of 23 passes for 185 yards and one touchdown. Clyde Duncan caught six passes for 59 yards and Lenny Taylor caught four for 68 yards and one touchdown.
The Vols were led on defense by linebacker Alvin Toles, who recovered a fumble and intercepted a pass, both efforts leading to Vol scores.
The Vols finished the year No. 15 by the New York Times, No. 17 by USA Today and No. 14 by Sports Illustrated.
|Robert Ayers||DE||New York Giants||Def. Washington 24-13||Injured reserve|
|Eric Berry||DB||Kansas City Chiefs||Def. Oakland 31-13||Non-football related illness|
|Tyler Bray||QB||Kansas City Chiefs||Def. Oakland 31-13||Injured reserve|
|Britton Colquitt||P||Denver Broncos||Def. San Diego 22-10||3 punts, 40.3 avg.|
|Dustin Colquitt||P||Kansas City Chiefs||Def. Oakland 31-13||7 punts, 39.9 yd. avg.|
|Morgan Cox||LS||Baltimore Ravens||Def. Jacksonville 20-12||Injured reserve|
|Arian Foster||RB||Houston Texans||Lost to Indianapolis 17-10||99 yds. Rushing, 18 yds. Receiving|
|Ramon Foster||OT||Pittsburgh Steelers||Def. Atlanta 27-20||Started at LG|
|Zach Fulton||G||Kansas City Chiefs||Def. Oakland 31-13||Started at RG|
|Parys Haralson||LB||New Orleans Saints||Def. Chicago 31-15||Started at OLB|
|Justin Hunter||WR||Tennessee Titans||Lost to NY Jets 16-11||Injured reserve|
|Malik Jackson||DL||Denver Broncos||Def. San Diego 22-10||Two tackles, tfl, two pass deflections|
|Ja'Wuan James||OL||Miami Dolphins||Lost to New England 41-13||Started at LT|
|Austin Johnson||FB||New Orleans Saints||Def. Chicago 31-15||Injured reserve|
|Peyton Manning||QB||Denver Broncos||Def. San Diego 22-10||14-20-233 yards, 1 TD|
|Jerod Mayo||LB||New England Patriots||Def. Miami 41-13||Injured reserve|
|Jacques McClendon||OL||Jacksonville Jaguars||Lost to Baltimore 20-12||Played at G|
|Tony McDaniel||DT||Seattle Seahawks||Def. San Fran. 17-7||Started at LDT, one tackle, pass deflection|
|Daniel McCullers||DT||Pittsburgh Steelers||Def. Atlanta 27-20||Played at DL|
|Robert Meachem||WR||New Orleans Saints||Def. Chicago 31-15||Played at WR|
|Denarius Moore||WR||Oakland Raiders||Lost to Kansas City 31-13||Inactive|
|Cordarrelle Patterson||WR||Minnesota Vikings||Lost to Detroit 16-14||Two recs. for 16 yards, 2 KO returns|
|Tauren Poole||RB||Carolina Panthers||Def. Tampa Bay 19-17||Practice squad|
|Antonio Richardson||OL||Minnesota Vikings||Lost to Detroit 16-14||Injured reserve|
|Mychal Rivera||TE||Oakland Raiders||Lost to Kansas City 31-13||Seven recs., 39 yards.|
|Matt Simms||QB||New York Jets||Def. Tennessee 16-11||Practice squad|
|Jacques Smith||LB||Atlanta Falcons||Lost to Pittsburgh 27-20||Practice squad|
|Luke Stocker||TE||Tampa Bay Bucs||Lost to Carolina 19-17||Started at WR|
|James Stone||OL||Atlanta Falcons||Lost to Pittsburgh 27-20||Started at C|
|Dallas Thomas||OL||Miami Dolphins||Lost to New England 41-13||Started at RT|
|Scott Wells||OL||St. Louis Rams||Lost to Arizona 12-6||Started at C|
|Dan Williams||DT||Arizona Cardinals||Def. St. Louis 12-6||Started at NT, one pass deflection|
|Jason Witten||TE||Dallas Cowboys||Def. Philadelphia 38-27||Seven recs., 69 yds.|
Bowl practice #4 today! pic.twitter.com/0ndtpmEZ4c-- Tennessee Football (@Vol_Football) December 16, 2014
The Vols return to the field for the first of three consecutive days of practice in preparation of the TaxSlayer Bowl on Tuesday around 12 noon.
Two Vol sophomores teamed up for the winning score in the 1974 Liberty Bowl. Randy Wallace, subbing for the injured Condredge Holloway, threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Larry Seivers with 2:44 left in the game to subdue the Terps 7-3.
Seivers outleaped two Maryland defenders for the winning score. Until that time, Maryland had the better of it.
Led by All-America tackle Randy White, the Terps had kept the Vols bottled up throughout the cold December night in Memphis.
The Terps got a second quarter field goal and almost made it stand up. Mike Gayles, who gained 106 yards in 17 carries, was named the Vols' outstanding offensive player. Defensive end Ron McCartney was named the Vols' defensive standout.
The Vols returned to the practice field on Sunday after a week off for finals. Get the full report: #VolReport: TaxSlayer Bowl Prep Resumes.