Orange Juiced

Looking back at the Citrus Bowl win that ended the '93 season.

photo of Bobby Engram touchdown catch in 1994 by La Vie


Penn State was the story of 1994 in college football for what it did that autumn, but the Lions opened the calendar year with a satisfying 31-13 upset of Tennessee in the Citrus Bowl on New Year’s Day to cap the 1993 season. The sixth-ranked Volunteers, who were 10-point favorites and had averaged 43 points per game that season, led 10-0 with 9:13 left in the first quarter after Heath Shuler’s touchdown pass to Cory Fleming. They would score only three more points after that. The 13th-ranked Lions got two touchdown runs from Ki-Jana Carter ’95 Bus and touchdown passes from Kerry Collins ’94 Lib to Kyle Brady ’95 H&HD and game MVP Bobby Engram ’95 H&HD (above). “All I heard was Tennessee this and Tennessee that all week,” Collins told the Los Angeles Times. “People saying that if maybe there was a miracle, we might pull it out. It was ridiculous.”