UCLA regained the lead and kept it the rest of the way, but it was not easy. Wendell Tyler sprinted 82 yards for a touchdown to put UCLA ahead. A 47-yard pass play from Sciarra to James Sarpy set up another score. Taking advantage of Tennessee's defensive speed, Sciarra faked one way to get the linebackers flowing left, then handed off to ex-high school hurdler Wally Henry on a counter that became a 45-yard touchdown run for a 27-13 lead. But Wallace and sophomore Gary Roach kept leading the Vols back. And Wide Receiver Larry Seivers kept getting loose in the Bruin secondary, ending the day with nine catches for 145 yards.
At last, leading by what would be the final score, UCLA played defense when it really counted, hounding Roach and Wallace late in the fourth quarter and twice making Tennessee give up the ball.
"I think we were playing as good an offensive team as we will meet this season," said Vol Coach Bill Battle. Vermeil had high praise for Tyler, Sarpy and others, but he reserved his highest accolades for Sciarra.
"I thought he threw the ball real well," Vermeil said. "We would have passed more, but we wanted to control the ball longer because our defense wasn't holding them. John Sciarra's got to be one of the finest football players in the country. I just hope he gets the recognition he deserves. The kids rally around him like he was a general."