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This Day In #Vols History (Sept. 26)


On this day, Sept. 26 in 1953 Smokey chosen at halftime of Miss. State game by student body to become mascot.


The Pep Club held a contest to select a coonhound, a native breed of the state, as the school's live mascot. Announcements of the contest in local newspapers read, "This can't be an ordinary hound. He must be a 'Houn' Dog' in the best sense of the word."

The late Rev. Bill Brooks entered his prize-winning blue tick coon hound, "Brooks' Blue Smokey," in the contest. At halftime of the Mississippi State game that season, the dogs were lined up on the old cheerleaders' ramp at Shields-Watkins Field. Each dog was introduced over the loudspeaker and the student body cheered for their favorite, with "Blue Smokey" being the last hound introduced. When his name was called, he barked. The students cheered and Smokey threw his head back and barked again. This kept going until the stadium was in an uproar and UT had found its mascot.

 September 26 (9-3-2)
1914 W, 89-0 CARSON-NEWMAN
1931 W, 33-0 MARYVILLE
1936 W, 13-0 Chattanooga
1942 T, 0-0 South Carolina
1953 L, 0-26 MISSISSIPPI STATE
1959 W, 3-0 No. 3 AUBURN
1964 L, 0-3 No. 8 Auburn (N) @ Birmingham, Ala.
1970 L, 23-36 Auburn (N) @ Birmingham, Ala.
1981 W, 10-7 AUBURN
1987 T, 20-20 No. 3 AUBURN
1992 W, 40-0 CINCINNATI
1998 W, 42-7 HOUSTON
2005 W, 30-27 No. 4 Louisiana State (OT)
2009 W, 34-23 OHIO


In 2005, the Vols posted their last win over a top-5 team with a 30-27 victory over No. 4 LSU in overtime. Gerald Riggs Jr.'s 1-yard rush in overtime proved to be difference. Check out the highlights:

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