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1997 Tennessee Volunteers football
SEC Champions
SEC Eastern Division Champions
SEC Championship Game, W 30-29 vs. Auburn
Orange Bowl, L 42-17 vs. Nebraska
Conference Southeastern Conference Eastern Division
Ranking
Coaches #8
AP #7
1997 record 11-2 (7-1 SEC)
Head coach Phillip Fulmer

Home stadium

Neyland Stadium
Seasons
« 1996 1998 »

The 1997 Tennessee Volunteers football team represented the University of Tennessee during the 1997 NCAA Division I-A football season. Quarterback Peyton Manning had already completed his degree in three years, and had been projected to be the top overall pick in the 1997 NFL Draft, but returned to Tennessee for his senior year.[1] The Volunteers opened the season with victories against Texas Tech and UCLA, but for the third time in his career, Manning fell to Florida, 33–20.[2][3][4] The Vols won the rest of their regular season games, finishing 10–1, and advanced to the SEC Championship Game game against Auburn. Down 20–7, Manning led the Vols to a 30–29 victory. Throwing for four touchdowns, he was named the game's MVP, but injured himself in the process.[5][6] The #3 Vols were matched up with #2 Nebraska in the Orange Bowl. Had Tennessee won and top-ranked Michigan lost to Washington State in the Rose Bowl, the Vols would have been expected to win the national championship.[7] However, the Vols' defense could not stop Nebraska's rushing attack, giving up over 400 yards on the ground in a 42–17 loss.[8] As a senior, Manning won numerous awards. He was a consensus first-team All-American and won the Maxwell Award, the Davey O'Brien Award, the Johnny Unitas Award, and the Best College Football Player ESPY Award, among others. However, he did not win the Heisman Trophy, finishing second to Charles Woodson of Michigan.[9][10][11]

Contents

Schedule

Game Date Opponent Result Volunteers points Opponents Record
1 Aug. 30 Texas Tech Win 52 17 1-0
2 Sept. 6 @ UCLA Win 30 24 2-0
3 Sept. 20 @ Florida Loss 20 33 2-1
4 Oct. 4 Mississippi Win 31 17 3-1
5 Oct. 11 Georgia Win 38 13 4-1
6 Oct. 18 @ Alabama Win 38 21 5-1
7 Nov. 1 South Carolina Win 22 7 6-1
8 Nov. 8 Southern Mississippi Win 44 20 7-1
9 Nov. 15 @ Arkansas Win 30 22 8-1
10 Nov. 22 @ Kentucky Win 59 31 9-1
11 Nov. 29 Vanderbilt Win 17 10 10-1
12 Dec. 6 Auburn Win 30 29 11-1

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Players

The following members of the team went on to play in the NFL:

Cosey Coleman, OL

Awards and honors

References

  1. ^ "Nothing to Prove; Manning Made His Decision to Stay at Tennessee, and the Rest Is History". Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, California). 1997-09-03.  
  2. ^ "Tenn. Jumps To No. 3 in Poll". The Washington Post (Washington, D.C.). 1997-09-01.  
  3. ^ "UCLA rallies in second half against Tennessee, but comes up short for second week in a row, 30-24". The Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, California). 1997-09-07.  
  4. ^ "Manning's Nightmare Continues". The New York Times (New York City, New York). 1997-09-21. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9B07E0D8173BF932A1575AC0A961958260. Retrieved 2007-12-24.  
  5. ^ "1997 SEC Championship Game Recap". secsports.com. http://secsports.com/index.php?s=&url_channel_id=0&url_subchannel_id=&url_article_id=2738&change_well_id=2. Retrieved 2007-12-24.  
  6. ^ Fulmer, Phillip. A Perfect Season. Rutledge Hill Press. pp. pp. 7. ISBN 1-55853-798-8. "Peyton had played with a lot of pain in the Orange Bowl because of an injury he had suffered in our SEC Championship victory against Auburn, and his mobility was limited throughout the game against Nebraska"  
  7. ^ MacCambridge, Michael. ESPN College Football Encyclopedia. ESPN Books. pp. pp. 1401. ISBN 1-4013-3703-1.  
  8. ^ MacCambridge, Michael. ESPN College Football Encyclopedia. ESPN Books. pp. pp. 1462. ISBN 1-4013-3703-1.  
  9. ^ MacCambridge, Michael. ESPN College Football Encyclopedia. ESPN Books. pp. pp. 1402. ISBN 1-4013-3703-1.  
  10. ^ "The 2005 ESPY Awards - ESPY Awards past winners". ESPN. http://espn.go.com/espy2005/s/pastwinners.html. Retrieved 2007-12-20.  
  11. ^ "1997 Heisman Trophy". heisman.com. http://www.heisman.com/winners/c-woodson97.html. Retrieved 2008-02-03.  
  12. ^ http://cfreference.net/cfr/school.s?id=341&season=1997
  13. ^ http://aausullivan.org/winners_1997.html

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