Vols Edge Out Badgers in Outback Bowl

Beat Wisconsin 21-17
By Lev Weinstein,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 1, 2008 8:18 PM CST
Tennessee quarterback Erik Ainge sets to throw against Wisconsin in the third quarter of the Outback Bowl football game Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2008, in Tampa, Fla. Tennessee won 21-17. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)   (Associated Press)
camera-icon View 2 more images

(Newser) – A big first half proved decisive for Tennessee today, as the Vols bested Wisconsin 21-17 in the Outback Bowl, the Tennessean reports. Though UT was kept off the scoreboard in the second half, they likewise held the Badgers to a mere three points. With the win came redemption for a loss to Penn State in last year's Outback Bowl.

“We’re really proud of the win,” said UT coach Phillip Fulmer. "It finishes off a season that has been very challenging, to say the least."  Vols QB Erik Ainge earned MVP honors for a two-touchdown, 365-yard effort, with no turnovers. No.16 UT improved to 10-4, as No.18 Wisconsin fell to 9-4 with the loss.