“Humming That Tater”

How’s this for a trip back in time?

You will remember that Tennessee knocked off Syracuse in the 1966 Gator Bowl, 18-12, in a trip that’s still fondly remembered a half-century later.

Here’s how the New York Times led its coverage of the game, in an article written by Gordon S. White, Jr.

“JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Dec. 31 — Tennessee’s spectacular aerial attack, led by Dewey Warren, dominated the first 30 minutes of action in the Gator Bowl today and eventually proved to be worth 6 more points than the strong running attack by Syracuse that dominated the second 30 minutes of the game. As a result, the Volunteers, who appeared headed for an easy triumph, managed to walk away from this 22nd annual contest with an 18-12 triumph over the Orange.”

“Tennessee’s spectacular aerial attack” consisted of Warren completing 17 of 29 passes for 242 yards, 1 TD, and 1 interception. Johnny Mills caught 8 balls for 86 yards, while Richmond Flowers caught 5 for 37.

Considering that no Vol passer from 1950 on had passed for more than 1,000 yards until Warren did so, Dewey’s arrival on the scene, “humming that tater” as he called it, definitely propelled the Vols into another era of football.

Thursday, Jan.5, 2017