Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Vols Whip Northwestern; Manning Whips Up Frenzy Quarterback Undecided on Next Season

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Vols Whip Northwestern; Manning Whips Up Frenzy Quarterback Undecided on Next Season

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With the game no longer in doubt, Tennessee fans turned their attention to a more pressing concern: keeping Peyton Manning around for another season.

"Stay, Peyton, stay!" they chanted as the final seconds ticked down Wednesday on the Volunteers' 48-28 victory over Northwestern in the Citrus Bowl. "One more year! One more year!"

Manning made a convincing case that he's ready for the NFL, throwing for 408 yards - the second-best game of his career - and four touchdowns, not to mention a TD run that showed off another side of his athletic ability. "It was so much fun out there," said Manning, who threw for 492 yards in an early-season loss to Florida. "It was great being out there in the huddle and just knowing we were going to put a lot of good numbers on the board." Manning insists he hasn't decided whether to give up his final year of college to enter the pro draft. Since he is scheduled to graduate in the spring, Manning isn't bound by the NFL's Jan. 10 deadline for underclassmen to renounce their college eligibility. He won't have to make a decision until April 4. "I made a decision before this game that this game would have no bearing on my decision," the son of former NFL quarterback Archie Manning said. "I'm going to have fun tonight and take my time with this decision. I have no timetable whatsoever. I'm glad I don't have to rush it." The junior quarterback, who probably will be one of the top players selected if he turns pro, completed 27 of 39 passes, including a 67-yard touchdown to Joey Kent that put the Volunteers (10-2) ahead for good late in the first half. Northwestern (9-3) fell behind 21-0 in the first quarter but rallied to tie the score with three touchdowns in the second period, the last two coming only a minute apart. But Kent put the Vols back in front with his second touchdown, grabbing a pass from Manning over the middle and zigzagging the last 50 yards to score with 1:58 left in the half. Jeff Hall added a 19-yard field goal on the final play of the period, giving Tennessee a 31-21 lead at halftime. "We certainly didn't slow them down very much," Northwestern coach Gary Barnett said. "I thought at one point, after it was 21-21, the game might turn around and we would . …

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