RECAP: Tennessee, aided by two offsides penalties, picked up two first downs on its initial drive but a third-and-six pass to James Banks was overthrown. A 14-yard pass from Brock Berlin to Kellen Winslow helped set a 31-yard Jon Peattie field goal that gave Miami a 3-0 lead. A 15-yard facemask penalty on offensive tackle Michael Munoz doomed UT's second possession of the quarter.
KEY PLAY: On third-and-nine at the Vol 31-yard line, Miami picked up five yards on an offsides call against Mondre Dickerson, then picked up eight more yards -- and a key first down -- on a pass from Berlin to Ryan Moore. That put the Canes in field goal range.
KEY PLAYER: Jabari Greer. Tennessee's senior cornerback recovered nicely to bat away a potential touchdown pass intended for Moore on the next-to-last play of the half. If not for that play, Miami would've led 10-0 after one quarter.
KEY STAT: Tennessee ran more plays than Miami (16-12) and gained more total yards (61-53) but finished the quarter on the short end of a 3-0 score.
RECAP: UT linebacker Kevin Simon intercepted Berlin at the Miami 42-yard line on the first play of the quarter. Four Jabari Davis runs gained 17 yards, setting up a 42-yard field goal by James Wilhoit that tied the score at 3-all. Miami couldn't sustain a drive, so Tennessee got the ball back at its 27-yard line. After an eight-yard run by Gerald Riggs produced one first down, a fourth-and-15 roughing the punter penalty kept the drive alive. The Vols picked up another first down on a third-and-12 pass from Casey Clausen to James Banks and yet another on a 15-yard personal foul against the Canes. Tennessee eventually faced a fourth-and-goal at the Miami 1-yard line. Disdaining the field goal, UT gave the ball to Derrick Tinsley on an end-around. He scored with 20 seconds left in the quarter, giving the Vols a 10-3 halftime lead. Miami moved to midfield in the final seconds but a 52-yard bomb from Berlin was tipped away from Winslow's waiting hands on the final play of the period.
KEY PLAY: Tennessee's decision to ''go for it'' on fourth-and-goal showed head coach Phillip Fulmer was willing to pull out all the stops in quest of an upset victory. Meanwhile, two dumb penalties by Miami -- roughing-the-punter and a personal foul -- gave UT 30 of its 73 yards on the late TD drive.
KEY PLAYER: Tennessee's offensive line. Much maligned all season, the blockers finally got some push upfront, providing some running room for Cedric Houston (4 for 31 yards), Jabari Davis (10 for 25) and Gerald Riggs (4 for 10).
KEY STAT: Tennessee dominated statistically in the first two quarters, piling up big advantages in first downs (11 to 4), total rushing yards (71 to 19) and time of possession (20:34 to 9:26).
RECAP: Miami took the second half kickoff and headed goalward. Berlin hit Ryan Moore for 19 yards and Jarrett Payton bolted 39 yards to the Vol 10-yard line. UT's defense stiffened, forcing Miami to settle for a 22-yard field goal by Peattie that closed the gap to 10-6. An 11-yard pass from Clausen to Victor McClure (UT's first completion to a tight end all year) started a drive that picked up momentum when Troy Fleming took a flat pass and raced 21 yards, with another five tacked on for a facemask penalty, moving the ball to the Hurricane 19-yard line. A holding penalty killed the drive, however, and James Wilhoit's 39-yard field goal try was wide right. Berlin hit Winslow with a 22-yard pass on third-and-20 at the Miami 36-yard line but the Hurricanes punted on fourth-and-six at the Vol 38-yard line.
KEY PLAY: Payton's 39-yard run more than doubled Miami's first-half rushing total (19 yards) and put the Hurricanes in position to boot a field goal that closed the gap to 10-6.
KEY PLAYER: Payton. The son of the late Walter Payton carried four times for 46 yards on Miami's third-quarter scoring drive.
KEY STAT: Miami's passing game began to click. Berlin completed 9 of 11 attempts for 77 yards during the quarter.
RECAP: Jason Mitchell sacked Berlin on third-and-11 at the Vol 31-yard line, forcing a fumble that was recovered and returned five yards by J.T. Mapu to the Vol 45-yard line. A 15-yard facemask penalty against Miami gave Tennessee a first-and-10 at the Hurricane 40-yard line but the drive stalled and Dustin Colquitt punted into the end zone. Completions of 18 yards to Winslow and 15 yards to Ryan Moore helped Miami march to the Vol 10-yard line. Here, Mark Jones blasted Berlin on a safety blitz, forcing an errant pass that was intercepted by Gibril Wilson at the 7-yard line with 4:11 to play. Tennessee picked up one first down thanks to a 12-yard end-around by Derrick Tinsley. Moments later, Dustin Colquitt punted 53 yards on fourth-and-five at the 26-yard line. Miami return man Sean Taylor fumbled the punt and Derrick Tinsley recovered at the Hurricane 13-yard line with 1:44 left. Three kneel plays later, Tennessee had nailed down a 10-6 upset.
KEY PLAY: Wilson's interception, caused by Jones' big hit, may have been the biggest play of Tennessee's entire season.
KEY PLAYER: Derrick Tinsley. First, he turned an end-around into a 12-yard gain at Tennessee's nine-yard line, providing a crucial first down (and some breathing room) with 3:00 left. Moments later, he recovered the fumble at Miami's 13-yard line to seal the victory.
KEY STAT: Miami piled up 235 total yards in the second half but managed just three points, thanks to losing an interception and a fumble in the game's final 5:00. Tennessee didn't score in the second half -- or even convert a third-down play -- but won with a stingy and opportunistic defense.