KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A year's worth of frustration is over. Erik Ainge threw four touchdown passes as the Volunteers beat ninth-ranked California today in Knoxville. Robert Meachem caught two of the touchdowns for 23rd-ranked Tennessee, including an 80-yarder at the start of the third quarter. Ainge finished 11-of-17 for 291 yards.
For at least a week, Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer will be spared from speculation about how many games he needs to win to keep his job. Last year, the Vols finished a disappointing five and six. For the Golden Bears, it was a shocking blow at the beginning of a greatly anticipated season. Cal's ranking was its highest since 1952.
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