This Day In #Vols History (Sept. 5)

Some huge games in Vols history on Sept. 5. All-time the Vols are 6-1 on this date. 

September 5 (6-1)

1981 - L, 0-44 No. 10 Georgia

1987 - W, 49-3 COLORADO STATE

1991 - W, 28-11 Louisville


1998 - W, 34-33 No. 17 Syracuse

2004 - W, 42-17 UNLV


For the 1987 season opener vs. Colorado State, a 49-3 victory, the Neyland Stadium Press Box and Executive Suites officially opened for the Colorado State game, replacing the press box in operation since 1962.

In 1991, the Vols took down Louisville, which was coming off the Fiesta Bowl Championship. The No. 11 Vols won at Louisville, 28-11 on an ESPN Thursday night. Andy Kelly hit Carl Pickens on a 75-yard TD strike to open the game. 


The 1998 National Championship season opened with a dramatic 34-33 victory at Syracuse as Jeff Hall hit the game-winning field goal as time expired in the Carrier Dome. 

In 2004, Tennessee played before its fourth largest Neyland Stadium game attendance against UNLV with a total of 108,625 on hand for the 42-17 victory as true freshmen Brent Schaeffer and Erik Ainge made their college debuts and each threw their first college TD passes. The Vols wore their throwback uniforms honoring the 1970s era. 

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