1992 Tennessee Volunteers Football Team
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1992 Tennessee Volunteers Football Team
1992 Tennessee Volunteers football
Tennessee Volunteers logo.svg
Hall of Fame Bowl champion
Conference Southeastern Conference
Division Eastern Division
Ranking
Coaches No. 12
AP No. 12
1992 record 9-3 (5-3 SEC)
Head coach Johnny Majors and Phillip Fulmer
Offensive coordinator Phillip Fulmer
Defensive coordinator Larry Marmie
Captain Todd Kelly
Captain J. J. McCleskey
Home stadium Neyland Stadium
(Capacity: 91,902)[1]
Seasons
← 1991
1993 →
1992 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Eastern Division
No. 10 Florida xy 6 2 0     9 4 0
No. 8 Georgia x 6 2 0     10 2 0
No. 12 Tennessee 5 3 0     9 3 0
South Carolina 3 5 0     5 6 0
Kentucky 2 6 0     4 7 0
Vanderbilt 2 6 0     4 7 0
Western Division
No. 1 Alabama x$ 8 0 0     13 0 0
No. 16 Ole Miss 5 3 0     9 3 0
No. 23 Mississippi State 4 4 0     7 5 0
Arkansas 3 4 1     3 7 1
Auburn 2 5 1     5 5 1
LSU 1 7 0     2 9 0
Championship: Alabama 28, Florida 21
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1992 Tennessee Volunteers football team represented the University of Tennessee in the 1992 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Volunteers were a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), in the Eastern Division and played their home games at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee. They finished the season with a record of nine wins and three (9-3 overall, 5-3 in the SEC) and with a victory over Boston College in the Hall of Fame Bowl. The Volunteers offense scored 347 points while the defense allowed 196 points.

Johnny Majors was to enter his sixteenth season as the Volunteers' head coach for the 1992 season. However, in August, Majors underwent emergency quintuple bypass surgery, and as a result Phillip Fulmer was named interim head coach.[2] After Fulmer led the Vols to a 3-0 start, Majors returned and led Tennessee to a 5-3 finish. By the end of the season, the university bought-out the remainder of Majors' contract, and on November 29, Fulmer was named as the Volunteers' new head coach effective after the Hall of Fame Bowl.[3] However, on December 4, Majors announced he would not coach the team in the bowl game, and as a result Fulmer went on to coach the Volunteers to victory in his first game as Tennessee's full-time head coach.[4] The school officially credits Majors with a record of five wins and three losses (5-3) and Fulmer with four wins and zero losses (4-0) for the 1992 season.

Schedule

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 5 1:00 PM SW Louisiana* No. 22 Neyland Stadium o Knoxville, Tennessee W 38-3   95,110
September 12 3:30 PM at No. 14 Georgia No. 20 Sanford Stadium o Athens, Georgia (Rivalry) ABC W 34-31   85,434
September 19 3:30 PM No. 4 Florida No. 14 Neyland Stadium o Knoxville, Tennessee (Third Saturday in September) ABC W 31-14   97,137
September 26 4:00 PM Cincinnati*dagger No. 8 Neyland Stadium o Knoxville, Tennessee PPV W 40-0   96,597
October 3 7:30 PM at LSU No. 7 Tiger Stadium o Baton Rouge, Louisiana ESPN W 20-0   68,318
October 10 12:30 PM Arkansas No. 4 Neyland Stadium o Knoxville, Tennessee JPS L 24-25   95,202
October 17 3:30 PM No. 4 Alabama No. 13 Neyland Stadium o Knoxville, Tennessee (Third Saturday in October) ABC L 10-17   97,388
October 31 12:30 PM at South Carolina No. 16 Williams-Brice Stadium o Columbia, South Carolina JPS L 23-24   71,529
November 14 1:30 PM at Memphis State* No. 23 Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium o Memphis, Tennessee PPV W 26-21   65,234
November 21 1:00 PM Kentucky No. 20 Neyland Stadium o Knoxville, Tennessee (Battle for the Barrel) W 34-13   94,110
November 28 2:30 PM at Vanderbilt No. 18 Vanderbilt Stadium o Nashville, Tennessee (Rivalry) PPV W 29-25   41,000
January 1 11:05 AM vs. No. 16 Boston College* No. 17 Tampa Stadium o Tampa, Florida (Hall of Fame Bowl) ESPN W 38-23   52,056
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

Team players drafted into the NFL

Player Position Round Pick NFL club
Todd Kelly Defensive end 1 27 San Francisco 49ers
Dave Thomas Defensive back 8 203 Dallas Cowboys

References

  1. ^ "Neyland Stadium". utsports.com. Retrieved 2012. 
  2. ^ "Slowed by Surgery, Majors Back with Vols". The Tuscaloosa News. Tuscaloosa, Alabama: Google News Archive. Associated Press. September 22, 1992. p. 4B. Retrieved 2012. 
  3. ^ "Fulmer New Vols Coach". The Tuscaloosa News. Tuscaloosa, Alabama: Google News Archive. November 29, 1992. p. 1B. Retrieved 2012. 
  4. ^ "Majors Decides to Not Coach Tennessee in its Bowl Game". The Daily News. Middlesboro, Kentucky: Google News Archive. December 5, 1992. p. 8. Retrieved 2012. 
  5. ^ "Tennessee Football History and Records: Tennessee Results 1990-99". University of Tennessee Athletics. Retrieved 2012. 
  6. ^ "1993 NFL Draft". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2012. 

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