TAMPA (Jan. 1, 2007) - On soggy, rainy day at Raymond James Stadium, the outcome of the 21st annual Outback Bowl turned on an 88-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown by Penn State's Tony Davis early in the fourth quarter, snapping a 10-10 deadlock, as the Nittany Lions went on for a 20-10 victory. A crowd of 65,601 saw the third-ever bowl meeting between the two teams.
After trading field goals to opening the scoring Anthony Morelli's TD pass to Andrew Quarless finished an eight-play, 92-yard drive and gave the Nittany Lions a short-lived 10-3 lead in the second quarter. LaMarcus Coker countered for Tennessee a little more than 2 minutes later, using a nifty straight-arm to fend off linebacker Sean Lee before sprinting through a hole on the left side and outrunning the pursuit to finish a 42-yard touchdown run and even the score at 10-10 heading into the half.
Following a scoreless third period, Erik Ainge, who completed 25-of-37 passes for 267 yards, connected a 53-yard pass to Chris Brown that put the Vols in scoring position right before the game-deciding fumble. The Vols tried to rally, but were forced to punt and turned it over on downs in their final two possessions.
The Vols, who finished 9-4, made their 46th bowl appearance, second-best all-time in NCAA history, posting a 24-22 mark. Tennessee played in its ninth New Years bowl game in the past 11 years.
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