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1971 Sugar Bowl


1971 Sugar Bowl

1971 Sugar Bowl
Bowl Game
1 2 3 4 Total
Air Force 7 0 6 0 13
Tennessee 24 0 7 3 34
Date January 1, 1971
Season 1970
Stadium Tulane Stadium
Location New Orleans, Louisiana
MVP QB Bobby Scott (Tennessee)
Favorite Tennessee by 10
Attendance 75,087
United States TV coverage
Network ABC
Announcers Chris Schenkel and Bud Wilkinson

The 1971 Sugar Bowl was a college football bowl game between the Air Force Falcons and the Tennessee Volunteers.


  • Background 1
  • Game summary 2
  • Aftermath 3
  • Statistics 4
  • References 5


The Falcons were an NCAA Independent in their first Sugar Bowl under long tenured Ben Martin. In his 13th year, he had a 68-57-7 record and made Air Force into national prominence and led the team to a ranking in the AP Poll for the 2nd time in school history. However, the then #10 ranked Falcons lost their final game to Colorado after beating Stanford (a Rose Bowl participant). Tennessee on the other hand rose from #8 at the time of the invite to #4. This was the Vols' fifth Sugar Bowl appearance and first since 1957. The game was a match of offense vs defense. Air Force averaged 423.6 yards in offense, while Tennessee surrendered only 88.4 yards on defense.[1]

Game summary

Quarterback Bobby Majors returned an Air Force punt 57 yards for a touchdown. Air Force added in a measly touchdown later in the quarter, but by that point it was 31-13, and Hunt added in his 2nd field goal to make the final score 34-13.[2]


Air Force has not returned to the Sugar Bowl since this game. Tennessee has returned twice, 1986 and 1991.


Statistics Tennessee Air Force
First Downs 24 15
Yards Rushing 86 -12
Yards Passing 306 239
Total Yards 392 277
Punts-Average 5-31.4 8-35.4
Fumbles-Lost 7-3 7-4
Interceptions 2 4
Penalties-Yards 6-74 0-0


  1. ^ http://www.allstatesugarbowl.org434.php
  2. ^ http://www.allstatesugarbowl.org129.php
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