JACKSONVILLE (Dec. 29, 1973) - 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.