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Needed and produced. Seconds after the fourth quarter began, Tennessee, now leading only 21-14, took over at its own 20. Six minutes and 13 plays later Stanback went over from the two for his third touchdown. Even though Hufnagel brought the Lions right back to make it 28-21, time ran out on them before they could score again.
Ah, ball control. Everyone knows how vital it is. But in the abstract it seems a little boring, just as, in the abstract, there is nothing very spicy about "the little leadership-type course thing" Head Coach Bill Battle gave the Vols every Monday night last winter.
"I believe that leaders are made not born," says Battle. "Sometimes you do have natural leaders—you've got a leadership element on your team. If they lead in the direction you want to go, you're in business. If they lead in another direction, you're in trouble. So I prepared a lesson every week, and gave 'em little handouts—motivational things, positive-thinking things. We talked about leaders who succeeded after failing many times—Lincoln, and, of course, Nixon." Battle himself is no authority on even prefatory failure. At the age of 30 he is in his third year as a head coach and he has not finished out of the top 10.
Tennessee has played big for Battle, but its size has been strangely small. When asked why he has tended to have relatively little players, Battle says, "We've recruited big ones, but some of the big ones haven't played as well as the small ones. Maybe we just haven't gotten the right big ones."
Holloway continues the trend—brilliantly. In spite of his stature, he was athlete enough to be able to dunk a basketball at 14. At 17 he was sought out by the Montreal Expos, who offered him close to $100,000 to become their shortstop someday. But his mother insisted that he go to college first. "A lot of people in baseball could use some schooling on a human relations basis," says Mrs. Holloway. "They couldn't or wouldn't talk to me. They would go through his coach, and it reminded me of some old stereotype that you must go through a white to communicate with a black because a black doesn't know how to talk or something. The university [ Tennessee] didn't deal this way."
As a freshman last year Holloway walked on campus and beat Majors, the dorm champion, at Ping-Pong. Scrimmaging against the varsity before its last season game with Auburn he would run one series of downs as Pat Sullivan and the next as Terry Beasley—thus performing as both ends of that famed pass-catch team. Playing against the Notre Dame freshmen he dived into the air from their seven, was hit at thigh level by two tacklers on the five, did a flip and landed on his back in the end zone.
Now, at 19, he has shown his nerve by growing a mustache—the rule evidently having been relaxed in the year and a half since NCAA champion Bill Skinner was prevented from throwing the javelin for Tennessee because of his face hair. Battle admires the fact that Holloway "shows no fear. He gives total commitment of his body. You have to cringe every time the little son of a gun gets around a crowd." Holloway was around a crowd of tacklers all night against Penn State, and although the crowd tended to approach him in a gingerly fashion, lest he wrinkle and be gone, the crowd also jumped on him a good many times.
One time when it seemed as if the crowd had him, Holloway produced the biggest move of the night. It was the next to last play of the 80-yard drive. He had accounted for most of the drive's yardage himself, having completed four of four passes for 45 yards and run three times for 20. On second and goal from the Penn State nine he rolled out on the option and was hit a few times. And then two people had their arms wrapped around him at once, and he mostly faded from view. He seemed down, and somebody in the press box said, "Well, no gain on that..." and then he pitched out, to Stanback, who picked up seven yards. On the next play Stanback scored the clincher.
One might well wonder why last year's and this year's games between these two teams both happened to take place in Knoxville. It is very complicated, but at one point Paterno, wanting to have the second game played at Penn State on television, told the Volunteers he would not play in Knoxville at this time of year except at night, knowing that Tennessee had no lights in Neyland Stadium. So they put up lights. Paterno might have guessed he was a beaten man already.