1979 Tennessee Volunteers football
Bluebonnet Bowl, L 22–27 vs. Purdue
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
1979 record7–5 (3–3 SEC)
Head coachJohnny Majors
Home stadiumNeyland Stadium
Seasons
← 1978
1980 →
1979 SEC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#1 Alabama 6 0 0     12 0 0
Georgia 5 1 0     6 5 0
#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 Bluebonnet Bowl.

Schedule[edit | edit source]

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 #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 #1 Alabama #18 Legion FieldBirmingham, AL (Third Saturday in October) L 17–27   77,665
November 3*† Rutgers #17 Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN L 7–13   84,265
November 10* #13 Notre Dame Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN W 40–18   86,489
November 17 at Ole Miss #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 W 31–10   84,142
December 31* vs. #12 Purdue Houston AstrodomeHouston, TX (1979 Bluebonnet Bowl) Mizlou L 22–27   40,542
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Team players drafted into in the NFL[edit | edit source]

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 | edit source]

General

Specific

  1. 2011 Tennessee Football Record Book, p. 125
  2. 2011 Tennessee Football Record Book, p. 101
  3. "1980 NFL Draft". Pro-Football-Reference.com. http://www.pro-football-reference.com/years/1980/draft.htm?redir. Retrieved March 6, 2012.

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