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Peerless is defined as “without equal; matchless.” On Monday, January 4, in the first Bowl Championship Series championship game, Tennessee’s Peerless Price proved worthy of his name.

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The senior wide receiver caught four passes for a career-high 199 yards, including a 79-yard game-clinching touchdown reception in the fourth quarter, to lead the Volunteers to a 23-16 victory over Florida State in the 1999 Fiesta Bowl.

The win gave Tennessee the school’s second national championship of all-time – the first came in 1951 – and lifted the Vols to a 13-0 record, the best in school history.

With thousands of orange-wearing, “Rocky Top”-singing Tennessee fans among the Fiesta Bowl record crowd of 80,470, the Volunteers jumped ahead 14-0 with two touchdowns in a 25-second span in the second quarter.

The first touchdown was set up by a 76-yard pass from Volunteer quarterback Tee Martin to Price to take the ball to Florida State’s 12-yard line. Four plays later, Martin hit fullback Shawn Bryson out of the backfield for a four-yard touchdown pass. On the Seminoles’ next possession, Tenn-essee cornerback Dwayne Goodrich intercepted a pass and returned it 54 yards for a touchdown.

Florida State came back with nine unanswered points on a 1-yard touchdown run by William McCray and a short field goal by Sebastian Janikowski to cut the lead to 14-9 at halftime.

After a scoreless third quarter, Martin threw a perfect pass down the right sideline that Price caught and ran the distance for a 79-yard touchdown reception. Jeff Hall added a 23-yard field goal for Tennessee, and Florida State quarterback Marcus Outzen ran seven yards for a touchdown for the final margin.

Price set Fiesta Bowl records for longest reception (79 yards) and highest average per catch (49.7 yards). He was named the offensive player of the game, while Goodrich was honored with the defensive player of the game, despite missing the second half with an ankle injury.

  • Stadium:

    Sun Devil Stadium

  • Attendance:

    80,470

  • Offensive Player of the Game:

    Peerless Price, Tennessee

  • Defensive Player of the Game:

    Dwayne Goodrich, Tennessee

  • Sportsmanship Award:

    Ross Brannon, Florida State

  • Head Coaches:

    Phillip Fulmer, Tennessee - Bobby Bowden, Florida State

  • Weather:

    Clear, cool

Quarter Scores

Scoring1234F
Tennessee0140923
Florida State090716

Yardstick

FSUTENN
13First Downs16
41-108Rushes-Yards45-114
145Passing Yards278
9-22-2Passes11-19-2
120Return Yards108
9-39.8Punts5-38.0
4-1Fumbles-Lost3-2
12-110Penalties-Yards9-55

How They Scored

FSUTENN
07Shawn Bryson 4 yard pass from Tee Martin (Jeff Hall Kick)
014Dwayne Goodrich 54 yard interception return (Hall kick)
614William McCray 1 yard run (kick failed)
914Sebastian Janikowski 34 yard field goal
920Peerless Price 79 yard pass from Martin (kick failed)
923Hall 23 yard field goal
1623Marcus Outzen 7 yard run (Janikowski kick)

Individual Statistics

Rushing
FSUMarcus Outzen 18-(-1), Travis Minor 15-83, William McCray 4-9, Laveranues Coles 2-4, Peter Warrick 1-11, Lamarr Glenn 1-2.
TENNTravis Henry 19-28, Travis Stephens 13-60, Tee Martin 10-19, Shawn Bryson 3-7.
Passing
FSUMarcus Outzen 9-22-2-145.
TENNTee Martin 11-18-2-278, Travis Henry 0-1-0-0.
Receiving
FSURon Dugans 6-135, William McCray 1-11, Peter Warrick 1-7, Travis Minor 1-(-8).
TENNPeerless Price 4-199, Shawn Bryson 3-34, Jeremaine Copeland 1-15, John Finlayson 1-14, Travis Henry 1-9, Cedrick Wilson 1-7.