NEW ORLEANS (Jan. 1, 1971) - Tennessee broke a three-game bowl losing streak at the expense of a highly-touted Air Force team.
Scoring a record 24 points in the first quarter, the Vols rolled to a convincing 34-13 triumph, finishing the 1970 season with a school-record 11-1 worksheet.
The first 12 minutes was nothing but fun for Vol partisans. The Vols scored the first four times they had the ball and mounted a 24-0 lead with 3:21 left in the opening quarter.
Don McLeary scored twice, George Hunt booted a field goal and Gary Theiler caught a touchdown pass from game-MVP Bobby Scott.
A rugged Tennessee defense thwarted the Air Force offense time after time. Led by Ray Nettles, Tim Priest and Jamie Rotella, the Vols held Air Force to minus 12 yards rushing. The Vols secondary continued its assault, grabbing four interceptions. The Vols also grabbed four Air Force fumbles.