EAST RUTHERFORD (Dec. 13, 1981) - Steve Alatorre completed 24 of 42 passes for 315 yards and one touchdown as the Vols defeated Wisconsin 28-21 in the Garden State Bowl.
After Wisconsin took a 7-3 lead in the first quarter, Willie Gault returned the ensuing kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown and the Vols were never headed.
Alatorre hit wide receiver Anthony Hancock, who made 11 catches on the day, with a 43-yard scoring strike and the Vols led 21-7 in the half. The Vol defense did their part with two first-half interceptions.
Wisconsin's Randy Wright kept the Badgers in the game in the second half, throwing two touchdown passes, but Alatorre's 6-yard run in the fourth quarter proved to be the difference.
Both Alatorre and Hancock made their final Vol game their best. Alatorre was named the game's outstanding player. Defensively, tackle Reggie White led the Vols.