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1996 Florida Citrus Bowl



TENNESSEE - 20
OHIO STATE - 14

Jan. 1,1996

ORLANDO -- Jeff Hall kicked two fourth quarter field goals and the Vol defense held Ohio State in check as Tennessee defeated the Buckeyes 20-14 on a rainy day in the 50th annual Florida Citrus Bowl.

Jay Graham, the game's MVP, rushed for 154 yards, including a 69-yard scoring dash late in the first half that pulled the Vols even, 7-7, at halftime. Peyton Manning completed 20 of 35 passes for 182 yards and one touchdown. Joey Kent led the Vol receiving corps with seven catches for 109 yards, including a 47-yard scoring toss from Manning that gave UT a 14-7 advantage in the third quarter.

Hall's two field goals in the fourth quarter came after the Buckeyes had tied the game, 14-14, to open the final stanza. Tennessee's defense, which had stopped the Buckeyes on a second quarter fourth-and-inches at the Vol 3-yard line, forced three turnovers in OSU's final four possessions to seal the victory.

UT held Ohio State, with Heisman winner Eddie George, to a season-low 89 yards on the ground.

The victory upped Tennessee's record to 11-1, its best since 1989 and propelled the Vols to a No. 2 finish in the final CNN-USA Today poll, UT's highest since 1967. The Vols were tabbed No. 3 in final Associated Press voting.

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Final
TENNESSEE
0
7
7
6
20
OHIO STATE
7
0
0
7
14

OSU -- George 2 run (Jackson kick)
TENN -- Graham 69 run (Hall kick)
TENN -- Kent 47 pass from Manning (Hall kick)
OSU -- Dudley 32 pass from Hoying (Jackson kick)
TENN -- Hall 29 FG
TENN -- Hall 25 FG

Team Stats
UT
OSU
First Downs
15
17
Rushes-Yards
32-145
36-89
Passing Yards
182
246
Passes (C-A-I)
20-35-0
19-38-1
Total Offense
327
335
Total Offensive Plays
67
74
Fumbles-Lost
1-1
5-3
Penalties-Yards
8-43
6-57
Punts-Average
9-34.2
7-48.1
Sacks By-Yards
2-12
3-15
Time of Possession
30:39
29:21

Tennessee

RUSHING Att Gain Lost Net TD Lg
Graham 26 168 14 154 1 69
PASSING Att Comp Int Yds TD Lg
Manning 35 20 0 182 1 47
RECEIVING No Yds TD Lg
Kent 7 109 1 47

Ohio State

RUSHING Att Gain Lost Net TD Lg
George 25 107 6 101 1 17
PASSING Att Comp Int Yds TD Lg
Hoying 38 19 1 246 1 32
RECEIVING No Yds TD Lg
Glenn 7 95 0 21
Dudley 5 106 1 32
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