|Played January 1, 1997.
Citrus Bowl, Orlando, FL. Attendance: 63,467 (capacity).
Northwestern's 1996 regular season record: 9-2 overall, 7-1 conference. Big Ten
Coach: Gary Barnett. Captains: Schnur,
NU/ Tennesse series record (prior to bowl):
first game played against Tennessee.
First Qtr: Tenn: Price 43 pass from
Manning (Hall kick); Tenn: Manning 10 run (Hall kick); Kent 11 pass
Manning (Hall kick). Second Qtr: NU: Autry 2 run (Gowins kick); Musso
pass from Schnur (Gowins kick); NU: Autry 28 run (Gowins kick); Tenn:
67 pass from Manning (Hall kick); Tenn: FG Hall 19. Third Qtr:
Hines 30 int. ret. (Hall kick). Fourth Qtr: Tenn: FG Hall 28; NU:
Bates 22 pass from Schnur (Gowins kick); Tenn: Moore 6 pass from
had played in three of the last four Citrus Bowls, and superstar
quarterback Peyton Manning was shattering school records. Just
before the game many of the Wildcat players, including Darnell Autry,
came down with flu. In the first quarter Manning unleashed a
dizzying attack, throwing two touchdown passes and running 10 yards for
another. Northwestern’s second-quarter comeback was just as
fierce. Autry (who remained ill and would take an IV during the
game) burst in for a touchdown, Schnur fired a 20-yard touchdown pass
to Brian Musso, and Autry ran 28 yards for another score. The
Wildcats had tied the game with just over two minutes to go in the
half. The Volunteers, however, would score 10 points in the
remaining time, and would proceed in the second half to overwhelm
Northwestern, winning 48-28. Manning was brilliant. He
threw for 408 yards, no interceptions, and four touchdowns. The
loss, however, did little to NU’s ranking, dropping the ‘Cats from 11th
Darnell Autry finished seventh in the Heisman Trophy balloting.
Pat Fitzgerald was named national Defensive Player of the Year for the
second straight year, the first repeat winner in the history of the
award. He also became the first Wildcat to be named a first-team
All-American two years straight.