Vols cap magical season with Orange Bowl win

What a season

The Orange Bowl win capped a magical season for the Vols. It secured win No. 11 to tally Tennessee’s ninth 11-win season in program history and the first since 2001. Friday’s result marked Tennessee’s first victory in a “New Year’s Six” bowl game (2014-pres.) and first win in the Orange Bowl since defeating Oklahoma in 1939.

Tennessee finished the 2022 campaign breaking several single season records, including total points (599), points per game (46.1), total offense (6,832), yards per game (525.5) and passing touchdowns (38) while tying the record for rushing touchdowns (40).

“Playing electric football on the offensive side of the football field, scoring a bunch of points, defensively being aggressive, fearless, ferocious, and being the best defense in the country, and having that same mentality on special teams,” Heupel discussed. “We’re just getting started in what we’re developing here.

“I love coming to work with these guys every single day. We continue to recruit, man. Tonight our brand is in front of everyone again on a national stage. It was a primetime game, and they got a chance to see who we are, how we play, how we compete together, the connection, the energy, and man, I think someone wants to play an exciting brand of football and have more fun than they can imagine, man, this is a great place to come compete on Rocky Top, and an unbelievable fan base.”

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