GAINESVILLE (Dec. 30, 1994) - Tennessee bolted to a 35-10 halftime lead and moved on from there to take a 45-23 triumph over Virginia Tech in the 1994 Gator Bowl game, played this year at Florida Field in Gainesville.
A 21-point second quarter was the key as the Vols scored on five of seven first half possessions. James Stewart scored three TDs and threw a 19-yard TD pass to Kendrick Jones. Peyton Manning threw a 36-yard TD pass to Marcus Nash and Jay Graham scored on a 1-yard run. Tyrone Hines had an interception which led to the Vols' first score and Shawn Summers had a 49-yard punt return that led to a Vol score in the fourth period.
Stewart, who was named the most outstanding player for the game, carried 22 times for 85 yards. Manning completed 12 of 19 passes for 189 yards. Joey Kent led the Vols with six receptions for 116 yards, 42 coming on a spectacular catch down the far boundary a play before Nash's TD grab. With the win, the Vols finished 8-4 for the season, after starting 1-3.