Vanderbilt vs Tennessee, 1982

VandyMania takes a look back at the 1982 battle between Vanderbilt and Tennessee.

November 27, 1982  Vanderbilt vs Tennessee

Over 41,000 fans braved a driving rain storm to witness the season finale between 7-3 Vanderbilt and 6-3-1 Tennessee.  Vanderbilt had not beaten the Volunteers since 1975 so there was much hoopla surrounding this game. This was clearly the best Vanderbilt team since the 1955 Gator Bowl Championship team and chances were good for a Commodore victory.

The Vols struck first with a 3-yard running score to take a 7-0 lead. Vandy senior Whit Taylor of Shelbyville, TN completed a 42-yard scoring pass to freshman Arnaz Perry of Gallatin, TN to knot the score at 7-7 at the end of the first quarter.

Tennessee struck back though with a 1-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter. Later in that quarter VU's Taylor struck again, this time to Chuck Scott for a 6-yard scoring toss.  The score was tied at 14 at the half.

Vanderbilt opened up scoring in the second half when Taylor completed still another 42-yard scoring toss to Chuck Scott.  Vanderbilt led 21-14 at the end of the third quarter. 

Tennessee would not give up though.  They scored again on a 42-yard scamper in the fourth quarter to deadlock the game at 21-21. 

The senior, Whit Taylor, who had passed for over 350 yards that day, saved the day when he decided to run and scored from 1 yard out to make it final: Vanderbilt 28 Tennessee 21

Vanderbilt would finish the 1982 season 8-3 and face the up and coming Air Force Falcons in the Hall of Fame Bowl in Birmingham, Alabama. Top Stories