MIAMI (Jan. 1, 1947) - Rice scored a touchdown and a safety in the first quarter and played defense and the kicking game in the best Tennessee tradition to defeat Bob Neyland's Volunteers 8-0 in the 1947 Orange Bowl.
Rice blocked two Vol punts in the first quarter, the second of which led to a safety and, combined with a touchdown drive of 83 yards, it was enough to win.
The touchdown came on a lateral from Buddy Russ to Huey Kenney after Russ had run 25 yards to the Vol 25. Kenney took it in and Rice led.
Rice coach Jess Neely was then content to put the game in the hands of his defense, which held the Vols to five first downs and 136 yards.
The Vols had one big shot early in the second half, recovering a fumble at the Rice 18. But Rice intercepted a fourth-down pass and was in control from that point.