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Memphis 21, No. 6 Tennessee 17

November 10, 1996 GMT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) _ Qadry Anderson threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Chris Powers with 34 seconds left to lift 26-point underdog Memphis to a 21-17 upset of No. 6 Tennessee on Saturday.

The victory was the first ever for the Tigers (4-6) over the Vols (6-2), who had won all 15 previous meetings.

The loss likely ends any hopes Tennessee had for an alliance bowl bid. It is the first game the Vols have lost to anyone other than Florida in more than two years.

The win sent the Memphis students on a quick strike against the goal posts, one of which lasted less than a minute after the game ended. Students paraded the mangled posts around the field for several minutes before police shooed them away.

The Tigers also scored on Kevin Cobb’s 95-yard kickoff return and a short run by Anderson that was set up by safety Keith Spann’s 77-yard return of an intercepted pass.

Those two big plays were all the Tigers’ offense until Anderson drove his team 70 yards in 12 plays to the winning touchdown. The big play in the final drive was a 41-yard pass from Anderson to Chancy Carr to move the Tigers to the Tennessee 16. A 13-yard run by Jeremy Scruggs put it at the 3, from where Anderson hit Powers for the winning score.

Peyton Manning had driven the Vols 76 yards to Jeff Hall’s 28-yard field goal and a 17-14 lead with 6:01 remaining. The big play in that drive was a 46-yard pass to Peerless Price. Manning finished 23-of-40 for 296 yards and an 11-yard TD to Jay Graham, but threw two critical interceptions and was sacked three times.

Graham’s score gave Tennessee a 14-7 lead, but the Tigers quickly came back on a spectacular play. Defensive back Kevin Cobb took the ensuing kickoff at his 5 yard line. He was hit at about the 20 and turned a flip, landing on one foot and his left elbow. Tennessee apparently thought he was down, but Cobb popped up and kept going.

His 95-yard return tied the game 14-14 with 8 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter.

Tennessee scored first on a 33-yard drive midway through the first quarter. Manning threw 12 yards to Joey Kent to the Tiger 17, and Shawn Bryson took it in from there on four carries.

The Vols appeared poised to add to their lead late in the first half, with a first down at the Memphis 27. But Spann stepped in front of the slanting Kent and took the interception all the way to the Volunteer 1 yard line.

Anderson scored on the next play to tie it 7-7 at the half.

The other Tiger interception was in the Memphis end zone by Duron Sutton to stop a Tennessee scoring drive in the third quarter.