NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 1 (AP)- Tennessee junked its strong running game
and confused the Air Force with Bobby Scott's slingshot passing today in
the Sugar Bowl game, 34-13.
A crowd of 78,655 watched the Volunteers take a 24 point lead before Air
Force could score. Scott had Air Force defenders off balance throughout
the first period. The Volunteers sailed to a touchdown on their opening
series, with Scott's passing doing most of the damage, and scored on
their next two possessions. Scott completed 22 of 40 passes for 288
yards, and was named the game's most valuable player.
Don McLeary punctured the Falcon line on a 5 yard smash for the first
Tennessee touchdown and George Hunt's 30 yard field goal minutes later
made it 10-0. McLeary went 20 yards on Tennessee's next series for
Jamie Rotella's recovery of a fumble by Brian Bream, the Air Force
fullback, started the Vols going again late in the first quarter. Scott
hit Gary Theiler with a 10-yard strike to give the Volunteers a 24-0
Air Force scored when Scott bobbled a snap from center late in the first
quarter and Darryl Haas recovered for the touchdown.
Bobby Majors of Tennessee scored with a 57 yard punt return in the third
period. Air Force got one more score on a 27 yard pass from Bob Parker
to Bob Bassa.
Hunt added a 33-yard field goal for the Vols.
Scott had opened with a withering passing attack in the first quarter
and Air Force simply couldn't cope. Scott connected with Joe Thompson
for 18, hit Thompson for another 25 and whipped a strike to Les McLain
for 14 yards to move the ball to the Falcons 5, where McLeary slammed
over on the next play.
Scott ate up 19 yards with a pass to McLain to the Air Force 20 and
McLeary darted through a gaping hole at left tackle for his second
touchdown. Scott passed to Stan Trott for 14 yards to the Falcon 11, and
then fired to Theiler for Tennessee's third touchdown.