Jan. 5, 1999
By Gabe Correa - Smokey's Trail
Each game the Vols stepped it up to play their opponent and also were the underdog in this one. They played not as an individual but played as a whole team, each one doing their part.
The front offensive line won in the trenches and gave Tee Martin enough time to do his part. The defense played like there was no tomorrow and the hunger showed as they were led by their leader, Al Wilson.
Here's some of the highlights; Tee Martin to Shawn Bryson, TD. Interception by Dwayne Goodrich for a TD. Tim Sewell blocked a kick and Derick Edmonds on special team single handedly tackled on Fla. State 16 yard line.
How about that punter that people doubted, his name is David Leaverton, his punts pinned the Seminoles on the 9 and 1 in the second half. One of the biggest plays in the game was when David punted the ball to Peter Warrick where he juked and jived his way past a handful of Tennessee defenders and the last man to stop him from scoring was Leaverton who sent Warrick to the turf with a abruising hit.
Tennessee received all 70 first place votes by Associated Press media poll and immediately after the game they were crowned National Champions in the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll. Tennessee was the first team in school history to be 13-0 and are the second time to be National Champions since 1951.
Report CardOffense Grade = A+
Most Notable Players: Tee Martin, Travis Henry, Travis Stephens, Shawn Bryson, Peerless Price, Cedrick Wilson, Jeremaine Copeland, Jeff Hall, Chad Clifton, Cosey Coleman, Spencer Riley, Jarvis Reado, Mercedes Hamilton, Reggie Coleman, Eric Parker, Eric Diogu, David Leaverton, John Finlayson and the rest of the offensive line.
Defense Grade = A+
Most Notable Players: Al Wilson, Shaun Ellis, Chris Ramseur, Eric Westmoreland, Raynoch Thomson, Derrick Edmonds, Darwin Walker, Dwayne Goodrich, Fred White, Deon Grant, Billy Ratliff, Corey Terry, Ron Green, Jeff Coleman, Steve Johnson, Gerald Griffin, Andre Lott and the rest of the defensive line.
Tennessee (1) 0 14 0 9 = 23 Fla. State (2) 0 9 0 7 = 16 FINAL
Scoring Summary School Play Tennessee Bryson 4 pass from T Martin (Hall kick) Tennessee Goodrich 54 interception return (Hall kick) Florida St Mccray 1 run (kick failed) Florida St FG Janikowski 34 Tennessee Price 79 pass from T Martin (kick failed) Tennessee FG Hall 23 Florida St Outzen 7 run (Janikowski kick) Team Statistics Florida St Tennessee First downs 13 16 Rushed-yards 41-108 45-114 Passing yards 145 278 Sacked-yards lost 4-31 1-3 Return yards 120 108 Passes 9-22-2 11-19-2 Punts 9-39.8 5-38.0 Fumbles-lost 4-1 3-2 Penalties-yards 12-110 9-55 Time of possession 28:50 31:10 Individual Statistics Rushing Florida St Minor 15-83, P Warrick 1-11, Mccray
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