Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Vols Go out with a Bang Citrus Bowl Bid Is Forthcoming

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Vols Go out with a Bang Citrus Bowl Bid Is Forthcoming

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When they cut up the rug Sunday at Neyland Stadium, it will be well-trod with fresh Tennessee footprints.

The sixth-ranked Vols wore a path to the Vanderbilt end zone Saturday, rolling up a 62-14 rout of the Commodores in a record-setting finale to the 1993 regular season.

The highest-scoring team in Tennessee history finished 9-1-1 overall and 6-1-1 in Southeastern Conference play in its first full season under head coach Phillip Fulmer.

The Vols apparently are headed to the Florida Citrus Bowl on New Year's Day against Penn State.

By then, the artificial turf on the Vols' home field will be gone and work will have started to restore a grass surface for the first time since 1967.

The Vols turned the ball over inside the Vandy 20 the first two times they had it, and Heath Shuler had his poorest passing day of the season.

However, a 51-yard punt return by Shawn Summers got the scoring started, and the offense unlimbered to score on three consecutive offensive plays in the second quarter to begin the rout.

Six players contributed to the eight-touchdown onslaught, including James "Little Man" Stewart who had three.

A 27-point second quarter ensured another in a series of blowouts. Since the Oct. 16 tie with Alabama, the Vols have outscored their four opponents by a margin of 210-27.

This was not an unfamiliar role for Vandy (4-7, 1-7). It was the 11th consecutive victory for the Vols in the intrastate rivalry and the most points UT had ever piled up in the 87 meetings of the series.

"We put on a show out there today," said receiver Cory Fleming.

Tennessee led 34-0 at the half and 48-0 after three quarters. The Commodores' scores came in the fourth quarter against UT reserves.

Tennessee's defense stuffed the Vandy I-bone, which left the SEC's worst passing team with precious little else at its disposal.

The Commodores were able to find only 31 yards on the ground in the first half and didn't cross midfield until 13 seconds before intermission. …

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