Johnnie Jones scored on a one-yard run with 2:09 left and Tony Robinson made the two-point conversion as Tennessee overcame a 14-point deficit in the final five minutes to edge Alabama, 28-27, in a Southeastern Conference game yesterday in Knoxville, Tenn. It was Tennessee's third straight victory over the Tide after 11 consecutive losses.
Andre Creamer set up the game-winning score with a 45-yard punt return to the 11 with just under four minutes remaining. Jones scored four plays later. On the conversion attempt, Robinson ran an option play to his right, then faked a pitch to Jones and scored for Tennessee (3-2-1, 1-2).
Alabama (2-5, 0-3) took possession at its 30 after the kickoff, but Vince Sutton was intercepted two plays later by cornerback Tommy Sims, who returned the ball to the Crimson Tide 34.
"Nothing is sweeter than to have a team come from behind to win and avoiding the critical errors that would have kept us from scoring," Tennessee Coach Johnny Majors said. "This is really an outstanding, character-building win."
Robinson had cut the margin to 27-20 with 4:54 to go with a 17-yard scoring pass to Tim McGee.