Destiny! There's no other word for the 1998 Tennessee Vols. After needing a pass interference call to set up a last-second, game-winning field goal attempt at Syracuse in Game 1, a missed Florida kick in overtime in Game 3, and a miraculous Clint Stoerner fumble against Arkansas in Week 9 to stay undefeated, nothing was going to deny these Vols.
Led by an incredibly stout defense, Tennessee would finish the regular season 11-0 and go on to play in the 1998 SEC Championship Game. The Vols defeated Mississippi State in Atlanta and was paired with Florida State in the first ever BCS National Championship Game, which was hosted in the Fiesta Bowl on January 4, 1999.
Tennessee went up 14-0 on a Dwayne Goodrich 54-interception return for touchdown in the second quarter, but the Seminoles would inch back into the game on the leg of kick Sebastian Janikowski.
After a scoreless third quarter, Tee Martin hit Peerless Price on a 79-yard touchdown pass down the sideline for a 20-9 lead with 9:17 remaining in the game.
Jeff Hall would tack on a Tennessee field goal to go up 23-9 with six minutes remaining. FSU scored a touchdown with 3:42 remaining and recovered the onside kick, but it was determined that the ball did not go the requisite 10 yards before the 'Noles touched it, and it was Tennessee ball.
The Vols got a big first down on a 4th-and-one and was seemingly ready to run the clock with a little over a minute left, but Travis Henry fumbled the ball deep in Florida State territory. FSU quarterback Marcus Outzen threw an interception on the first play after the turnover, and the Vols salted away the clock to finish the season 13-0 and win the 1998 national championship.