1973 Tennessee Volunteers football team
|1973 Tennessee Volunteers football|
|Gator Bowl, L 19–28 vs. Texas Tech|
|1973 record||8–4 (3–3 SEC)|
|Head coach||Bill Battle (4th year)|
|Home stadium||Neyland Stadium|
|1973 SEC football standings|
|#4/1 Alabama †||8||–||0||–||0||11||–||1||–||0|
|† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll
The 1973 Tennessee Volunteers football team (variously "Tennessee", "UT" or the "Vols") represented the University of Tennessee in the 1973 college football season. Playing as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), the team was led by head coach Bill Battle, in his fourth year, and played their home games at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee. They finished the season with a record of eight wins and four losses (8–4 overall, 3–3 in the SEC) and a loss to Texas Tech in the 1973 Gator Bowl.
|September 15||Duke*||#9||Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN||W 21–17||70,787|
|September 22||at Army*||#10||Michie Stadium • West Point, NY||W 37–18||39,942|
|September 29||#11 Auburn||#9||Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN||W 21–0||71,656|
|October 6||Kansas*||#9||Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium • Memphis, TN||W 28–27||43,716|
|October 13||Georgia Tech*||#8||Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN||W 20–14||70,616|
|October 20||at #2 Alabama||#10||Legion Field • Birmingham, AL (Third Saturday in October)||ABC||L 21–42||72,226|
|October 27||TCU*||#14||Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN||W 39–7||66,356|
|November 3||Georgia||#11||Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN||L 31–35||70,812|
|November 17||at Ole Miss||#16||Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium • Jackson, MS||ABC||L 18–28||39,500|
|November 24||at Kentucky||Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY (Battle for the Barrel)||W 16–14||54,000|
|December 1||Vanderbilt||#19||Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN||W 20–17|
|December 29||vs. #11 Texas Tech||#20||Gator Bowl Stadium • Jacksonville, FL (Gator Bowl)||ABC||L 19–28||62,109|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.|
Condredge Holloway set up Tennessee touchdowns with a 52-yard pass and a 48-yard run as Tennessee won its second straight while Army dropped its third consecutive season opener. Holloway fumbled at his own 12 on the second play of the game, which set up an Army field goal. The slippery QB came back to engineer two first quarter field goals by Ricky Townsend. Midway through the second period, Holloway evaded the rush and found Emmon Love for a nine-yard game to the 33. On the next play, he found Stanley Morgan deep down the left sideline for a long bomb to the Army 15.
Team players drafted into in the NFL
|Bill Rudder||Running Back||3||59||San Diego Chargers|
|Haskel Stanback||Running Back||5||114||Cincinnati Bengals|
|Eddie Brown||Defensive Back||8||199||Cleveland Browns|
|Gary Valbuena||Quarterback||10||260||Miami Dolphins|
|Gene Killian||Guard||16||413||Dallas Cowboys|
- 2011 Tennessee Football Record Book (PDF). Knoxville, Tennessee: University of Tennessee Athletics Media Relations Office. 2011. Retrieved March 8, 2012.
- 2011 Tennessee Football Record Book, p. 124
- "Holloway Leads Tennessee." Palm Beach Post. p. 84. 1973 Sep 23.
- 2011 Tennessee Football Record Book, p. 101
- "1974 NFL Draft". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 8, 2012.