Tennessee has never lost on Sept. 9 in its history. The Vols are a perfect 4-0. Here's a look at the games played on this date.
September 9 (4-0)
1972 - W, 34-3 Georgia Tech
1989 - W, 24-6 No. 6 UCLA
1995 - W, 30-27 GEORGIA
2006 - W, 31-30 AIR FORCE
On Sept. 9, 1989, an unranked Tennessee went to Pasadena and upset the No. 6 ranked UCLA Bruins. The Vols jumped out to a 24-0 lead by the 3rd quarter. It was led by freshman running back Chuck Webb who had 134 yards and two touchdowns. It was Tennessee's first-ever win on the West Coast.
No. 17 Tennessee barely avoided being upset by Air Force a week after upsetting No. 9 California on Sept. 9, 2006. Tennessee stopped a 2-point conversion late in the 4th quarter to ensure a win. With just a few minutes to play in the game, Johnson went for a tackle and jammed his shoulder into the body of the Air Force running back Justin Handley. The hit caused nerve damage in Johnson's right shoulder and ended his playing career.
Since then, Johnson has detailed his story in his autobiography, Inky: An Amazing Story of Faith and Perseverance. He's mentoring underprivileged youth in Knoxville and his hometown of Atlanta. And he's speaking to crowds about his faith, his ability to overcome adversity and his ability to accept a change of plans from his NFL dreams.
Earlier on that day, the Vols retired the numbers of four Vols who died in service to their country during World War II. The jerseys of Clyde "Ig" Fuson (62), Rudy Klarer (49), Bill Nowling (32) and Willis Tucker (61) all were retired prior to the game against Air Force, giving UT a total of seven retired jerseys.