HOUSTON (Dec. 31, 1979) - Tennessee, making its first bowl appearance in five years, saw a gutty second half comeback fall short in the waning moments of the fourth quarter.
Trailing 21-0 in the third quarter, the Vols rallied to take the lead 22-21 late in the fourth quarter. But Purdue quarterback Mark Herrmann threw the game-winner, a 17-yard toss to Charley Young, with just 1:30 remaining.
The Vols' comeback was triggered by an 8-yard Jimmy Streater pass to halfback Glenn Ford. The second Vol touchdown came on a pass from wingback Phil Ingram to tailback James Berry. When Hubert Simpson scored the two-pointer, the Vols were back in the game.
The Vols took the lead as Simpson scored and ran the two-point conversion. All-America defensive back Roland James was the Defensive Player of the Game, with eight unassisted tackles and a 19-yard punt return to his credit. Streater finished with 270 yards rushing and passing.