1979 Tennessee Volunteers football team

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1979 Tennessee Volunteers football
Tennessee Volunteers logo.svg
Conference Southeastern Conference
1979 record 7–5 (3–3 SEC)
Head coach Johnny Majors (3rd season)
Offensive coordinator Joe Avezzano (3rd season)
Defensive coordinator Frank Emanuel (1st season)
Captain Roland James
Captain Craig Puki
Captain Jimmy Streater
Home stadium Neyland Stadium
Seasons
← 1978
1980 →
1979 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 1 Alabama $ 6 0 0     12 0 0
Georgia 5 1 0     6 5 0
No. 16 Auburn 4 2 0     8 3 0
LSU 4 2 0     7 5 0
Tennessee 3 3 0     7 5 0
Kentucky 3 3 0     5 6 0
Ole Miss 3 3 0     4 7 0
Mississippi State 2 4 0     3 8 0
Vanderbilt 0 6 0     1 10 0
Florida 0 6 0     0 10 1
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1979 Tennessee Volunteers football team (variously "Tennessee", "UT" or the "Vols") represented the University of Tennessee in the 1979 NCAA Division I-A football season. Playing as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), the team was led by head coach Johnny Majors, in his third year, and played their home games at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee. They finished the season with a record of seven wins and five losses (7–5 overall, 3–3 in the SEC) and a loss against Purdue in the Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 15 at Boston College* Alumni StadiumChestnut Hill, MA W 28–16   30,150
September 22 Utah* Neyland StadiumKnoxville, TN W 51–18   85,783
September 29 Auburn Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN W 35–17   85,936
October 6 vs. Mississippi State No. 19 Liberty Bowl Memorial StadiumMemphis, TN L 9–28   48,820
October 13 Georgia Tech* Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN W 31–0   85,524
October 20 at No. 1 Alabama No. 18 Legion FieldBirmingham, AL (Third Saturday in October) L 17–27   77,665
November 3 Rutgers*dagger No. 17 Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN L 7–13   84,265
November 10 No. 13 Notre Dame* Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN W 40–18   86,489
November 17 at Ole Miss No. 19 Mississippi Veterans Memorial StadiumJackson, MS L 20–44   55,760
November 24 at Kentucky Commonwealth StadiumLexington, KY (Battle for the Barrel) W 20–17   57,950
December 1 Vanderbilt Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN (Rivalry) W 31–10   84,142
December 31 vs. No. 12 Purdue* Houston AstrodomeHouston, TX (Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl) Mizlou L 22–27   40,542
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.
  • Reference:[1]

Game summaries[edit]

Kentucky[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Tennessee 3 7 7 3 20
Kentucky 0 14 0 3 17

[2]

Team players drafted into the NFL[edit]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Roland James Defensive Back 1 14 New England Patriots
Craig Puki Linebacker 3 77 San Francisco 49ers

References[edit]

General

Specific

  1. ^ 2011 Tennessee Football Record Book, p. 125
  2. ^ "Late Field Goal Lifts Tennessee." Palm Beach Post. 1979 Nov 25.
  3. ^ 2011 Tennessee Football Record Book, p. 101
  4. ^ "1980 NFL Draft". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 6, 2012.