This Day In #Vols History (Jan. 2)

The Vols won their first official bowl game on Jan. 2, 1939 with a 17-0 victory over #4 Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl to finish a perfect season at 11-0, giving the Vols their first National Championship.

Tennessee and Oklahoma squared off in the 1939 Orange Bowl in a classic battle of speed against size. And, when it was over, Tennessee's speed and stamina had won out by a 17-0 count. Tennessee had come into the game undefeated and No. 2 in the country and Oklahoma was riding a 14-game winning streak.

Tennessee scored first when a 15-yard penalty backed the Sooners to their 3-yard line. Vol tailback George Cafego returned the ensuing punt to the Sooner 27 and followed up the punt return with a key gain to the 12. Two plays later, Bob Foxx scored from the 8. The Vols scored a field goal after a Sooner fumble, a 22-yarder by Bowden Wyatt, and led 10-0 at the half.

Tennessee scored its final touchdown in the fourth quarter on a 19-yard run by Babe Wood on a reverse. The Vols polished off their eighth shutout of the season by stopping the Sooners the rest of the way and finished undefeated in 11 games.

Nearly 50 years later, the Vols beat Indiana, 27-22, in the Peach Bowl on Jan. 2, 1988. Reggie Cobb scored the winning touchdown in the fourth quarter to secure the win. He scored twice in the game while Jeff Francis threw two TDs. 


All-time games on Jan. 2.

JANUARY 2 (2-3)
1939 W, 17-0 No. 4 Oklahoma (N)@ Miami, Fla. (Orange Bowl)
1988 W, 27-22 Indiana (N) @ Atlanta, Ga. (Peach Bowl)
1998 L, 17-42 No. 2 Nebraska (N) @ Miami, Fla. (Orange Bowl)
2000 L, 21-31 No. 3 Nebraska (N) @ Tempe, Ariz. (Fiesta Bowl)
2004 L, 14-27 Clemson (N) @ Atlanta, Ga. (Peach Bowl)

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