Sugar Bowl

1971

 

Tennessee 34

Air Force 13

 

Tennessee Fight Song

 

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 another touchdown.

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 cushion.

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.

 

Brian Bream fumbles when he's hit by John Wagster.

 

Don McCleary scored two TD's.

 

Bobby Scott

McCleary scores the game's first TD.

 

Attendance- 78,655

Scoring Summary

First Quarter
UT- McLeary 5 run (Hunt kick)
UT- FG Hunt 30
UT- McLeary 20 run (Hunt kick)
UT- Theiler 10 pass from Scott (Hunt kick)
AFA- Haas fumble recovery (Barry kick)

Third Quarter
UT- Majors 57 punt return (Hunt kick)
AFA- Baasa 27 pass from Parker (kick failed)

Fourth Quarter
UT- FG Hunt 33

Individual Statistics

Rushing
UT- Water 14-57
AFA- Bream 16-16

Passing
UT- Scott 22-40-288
AFA- Parker 23-46-239

Receiving
UT- Thompson 9-125
AFA- Bassa 10-114
 

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