Hugs were in order for Tennessee. The Vols reached something they haven't since 2004. That's a 10 win season. After a few down years, things are looking up for the future of the Vols. A young defense showed much improvement, and was really what on this bowl for them. After a shaky beginning to the year, John Chavis seems to be having them playing great. Whether it was the constant pressure on the quarterback Tyler Donovan or the Antonio Wardlow game winning interception with under a minute, the team grew. On the other side of the ball, there is just as much hope for the future. Gerald Jones, a freshman wide receiver, came in for the fan favorite "G-Gun" which ended with a touchdown for the Vols, a 3-yard run from Jones got the Vols offense started. The Vols kept it coming on a 29 yard touchdown pass from Ainge to Briscoe, who saw more catches after Lucas Taylor was out for an academic suspension. The Vols added more points when a dump to tight end Brad Cottam went for 31 yards and a 21-7 lead. Wisconsin responded with a touchdown drive of their own, halftime score being 21-14. The second half wasn't as exciting points-wise as a 3rd quarter field goal was all the teams had combined. The Vols held on defense and took the game. A happy Phillip Fulmer said "We've been waiting a couple of years to get one of these." Talking about the bowl troubles the Vols have had recently. The MVP went to quarterback Erik Ainge who was 25 of 43 passing for 365 yards and 2 touchdowns in his last game at Tennessee.