ORLANDO (Jan. 1, 2002) - Tennessee and Michigan squared off for the first time ever here today and the Vols, completing an 11-2 season, rode the passing of game MVP Casey Clausen to a 45-17 decision that saw the Vols lead from the outset.
Clausen completed 26 of 34 passes for 393 yards and three scores and scored twice himself in a noteworthy performance that saw him complete tosses to eight different receivers. Donte` Stallworth caught eight passes for 119 yards, while tight end Jason Witten had six catches for 125 yards and one score, outdistancing the Michigan secondary for a 64-yard scoring catch and run. Wideout Kelley Washington had two TD receptions, part of a six-catch, 70-yard day. His TD pass receptions covered 3 and 37 yards.
The Vols jumped to a 10-0 first quarter lead on the basis on an Alex Walls field goal and Clausen's first toss to Washington. Tennessee expanded to the lead to 24-10 at the half behind two short scoring runs by Clausen.
Clausen's toss to Witten was the only score of the third period and the Vols pulled away in the fourth on the strength of a 37-yard Clausen-Washington hookup and a Travis Stephens TD that came one play after a Jabari Greer interception and 18-yard run that put the ball on the Michigan 3.
Vols won 11 games for the eighth time in school history and, in the
process, administered Michigan's worst bowl defeat.
- Walls 32 FG