This Day In #Vols History (10/21/15)


On Oct. 21, 1972, the song "Rocky Top" was performed at halftime at Neyland Stadium for the first time. As part of a country music halftime show, it was played at the Vols games vs. Alabama. The song attracted so much attention and became beloved by Vols fans everywhere. It was adopted as an official song in 1982.

OCTOBER 21 (9-10-1)
1892 L, 4-22 Vanderbilt
1893 L, 0-56 KENTUCKY A&M
1899 L, 0-5 VIRGINIA TECH
1902 W, 34-0 MARYVILLE
1905 L, 0-45 VANDERBILT
1907 W, 4-0 Clemson
1911 W, 22-5 MARYVILLE
1916 W, 26-0 SOUTH CAROLINA
1922 L, 3-7 Georgia
1933 L, 6-12 ALABAMA
1939 W, 21-0 No. 8 ALABAMA
1944 T, 0-0 ALABAMA
1950 W, 14-9 ALABAMA
1961 L, 3-34 No. 5 Alabama (N) @ Birmingham, Ala.
1967 W, 24-13 No. 6 Alabama (N) @ Birmingham, Ala.
1972 L, 10-17 No. 3 ALABAMA
1978 L, 17-30 No. 4 ALABAMA
1989 L, 30-47 No. 10 Alabama (N) @ Birmingham, Ala.
2000 W, 20-10 ALABAMA
2006 W, 16-13 ALABAMA

The Vols beat Alabama on each of the last two games played on Oct. 21. Tennessee took down the Tide in 2000, 20-10:

On Oct. 21, 2006, Tennessee beat Alabama, 16-13. That is UT's last win vs. Alabama.

Evan Berry Named CBS Mid-Season All-American



Vols sophomore kickoff return man Evan Berry has been named to the CBS Mid-Season All-American Team.  Berry ranks first in NCAA and first in SEC in kickoff return average (39.3). He is one of four players in the country with two kickoff returns for touchdown in 2015.

Berry also ranks first all-time in career kickoff return average (min. 25 returns) with 34.4 average at Tennessee. In 19 games, he ranks ninth in career kickoff return yards (963). Berry became the first Vol since Willie Gault in 1980 to have multiple kickoff returns for touchdowns in a season with his return for a touchdown vs. Arkansas. He also became the first Vol since Willie Gault (11/22/1980 vs. Kentucky) to open a game with a kickoff return for TD vs. Arkansas.

This Day In #Vols History (10/20/15)

Tennessee is 5-10 all-time on Oct. 20 and 5-8 against Alabama on this date. The Vols last played on Oct. 20 in 2012, falling to the No. 1 Crimson Tide, 44-13. UT's last win on Oct. 20 was in in 2001 when the Vols defeated Alabama, 35-24, in Tuscaloosa.

Trailing 24-21 entering the fourth quarter, Casey Clausen marched the Vols down the field 67 yards in 17 plays and punched in a one-yard score with 6:18 left. Travis Stephens, who rumbled to 162 yards and two scores in the win, added another one-yard touchdown run with 1:28 on the clock to seal the win for the Big Orange.

The win marked Tennessee's longest-ever winning streak against Alabama (seven games from 1995-2001).

OCTOBER 20 (5-10)

Year Result Opponent
1906 L, 0-6 CENTRE
1923 L, 0-17 GEORGIA
1928 W, 15-13 Alabama
1934 L, 6-13 Alabama (N) @ Birmingham, Ala.
1945 L, 7-25 No. 6 Alabama (N) @Birmingham, Ala.
1951 W, 27-13 Alabama (N) @ Birmingham, Ala.
1956 W, 24-0 ALABAMA
1962 L, 7-27 No. 2 ALABAMA
1973 L, 21-42 No. 2 Alabama (N) @Birmingham, Ala.
1979 L, 17-27 No. 1 Alabama (N) @Birmingham, Ala.
1984 W, 28-27 ALABAMA
1990 L, 6-9 ALABAMA
2001 W, 35-24 Alabama
2007 L, 17-41 Alabama
2012 L, 13-44 No. 1 ALABAMA

This Day In #Vols History (10/19/15)

Thirty years ago today, on Oct. 19, 1985, the Vols won in dramatic fashion as Dale Jones intercepted Mike Shula at midfield to thwart an Alabama drive and secure a 16-14 win for Tennessee.

OCTOBER 19 (7-6-1)
1901 T, 6-6 CLEMSON
1907 L, 4-6 Georgia Tech
1912 W, 62-0 Tennessee Medical School
1929 W, 6-0 ALABAMA
1935 L, 0-25 ALABAMA
1937 L, 7-14 ALABAMA
1940 W, 27-12 Alabama (N) @ Birmingham, Ala.
1946 W, 12-0 No. 7 ALABAMA
1957 W, 14-0 Alabama (N) @ Birmingham, Ala.
1963 L, 0-35 No. 9 Alabama (N) @ Birmingham, Ala.
1968 W, 10-9 ALABAMA
1974 L, 6-28 No. 4 ALABAMA
1985 W, 16-14 No. 15 Alabama (N) @ Birmingham, Ala.
1991 L, 19-24 No. 14 Alabama (N) @ Birmingham, Ala.

Also, on Oct. 19, 1940, Tennessee's 71 consecutive quarters without allowing a point (regular season) came to an end (vs. Alabama)

Vols In The NFL - Week 6 Schedule

Follow all of your favorite VFLs in the NFL in Week 6! Looks like we'll have a pair of VFL reunions when the Kansas City Chiefs play the Minnesota Vikings and when the Miami Dolphins visit the Tennessee Titans. Both games are 1 p.m. ET on CBS so check your local listings!

Player Pos. Team Week 6 Opponent
Robert Ayers DE NY Giants at PHI (MON), 8:30 pm, ESPN
Eric Berry DB Kansas City at MIN, 1 pm, CBS
Tyler Bray QB Kansas City at MIN, 1 pm, CBS
Justin Coleman DB New England at IND, 8:30 pm, NBC
Britton Colquitt P Denver at CLE, 1 pm, CBS
Dustin Colquitt P Kansas City at MIN, 1 pm, CBS
Morgan Cox LS Baltimore at SF, 4:25 pm, CBS
Matt Darr P Miami at TEN, 1 pm, CBS
Arian Foster RB Houston at JAC, 1 pm, CBS
Ramon Foster G Pittsburgh vs. ARI, 1 pm, FOX
Zach Fulton G Kansas City at MIN, 1 pm, CBS
Justin Hunter WR Tennessee vs. MIA, 1 pm, CBS
Malik Jackson DE Denver at CLE, 1 pm, CBS
Ja'Wuan James T Miami at TEN, 1 pm, CBS
Austin Johnson FB New Orleans ATL (TH) -- played
Peyton Manning QB Denver at CLE, 1 pm, CBS
Jerod Mayo LB New England at IND, 8:30 pm, NBC
Daniel McCullers DT Pittsburgh vs. ARI, 1 pm, FOX
Tony McDaniel DE Tampa Bay BYE
Denarius Moore WR Buffalo vs. CIN, 1 pm, CBS
Cordarrelle Patterson WR Minnesota vs. KC, 1 pm, CBS
Mychal Rivera TE Oakland BYE
Chris Scott G Carolina at SEA, 4:05 pm, FOX
Matt Simms QB Atlanta NO (TH) -- practice squad
James Stone C/G Atlanta NO (TH) -- started at C
Luke Stocker TE Tampa Bay BYE
Dallas Thomas G Miami at TEN, 1 pm, CBS
Dan Williams DT Oakland BYE
Jason Witten TE Dallas BYE
-- = played, no stats

This Day In #Vols History (10/16/15)

In 1982, the Vols handed Paul 'Bear' Bryant and No. 2 Alabama, a 35-28 defeat in Bryant's final game at Neyland Stadium. The game marked the Vols' first win against the Tide in 11 years. Quarterback Alan Cockrell threw for 192 yards and two touchdowns as he was named the SEC Player of the Week. Coach Johnny Majors was named the UPI National Coach of the Week.

OCTOBER 16 (6-4-1)
1909 L, 0-17 Kentucky State
1915 W, 80-0 CENTRE
1920 W, 35-0 Chattanooga
1948 W, 21-6 ALABAMA
1954 L, 0-27 ALABAMA
1965 T, 7-7 Alabama (N) @ Birmingham, Ala.
1971 L, 15-32 No. 4 Alabama (N) @ Birmingham, Ala.
1976 L, 13-20 No. 20 ALABAMA
1982 W, 35-28 No. 2 ALABAMA
1993 W, 17-17 No. 2 Alabama (N) @ Birmingham, Ala (Awarded to UT from NCAA - forfeit).
2004 W, 21-17 Mississippi

On Oct. 16, 1948, Tennessee picked up its 300th all-time victory with a 21-6 win over Alabama. All-time the Vols are 6-4-1 on the date.

This Day In #Vols History (Oct. 15)

The Vols won their first-ever game on Oct. 15, 1892 with a 25-0 victory over Maryville College. 

All-time the Vols are 9-7-2 on Oct. 15.
 

OCTOBER 15 (9-7-2)
1892 W, 25-0 Maryville
1897 W, 28-0 KING
1904 T, 0-0 NASHVILLE
1910 L, 0-18 Vanderbilt
1921 L, 3-14 Dartmouth
1926 W, 6-0 MARYVILLE
1927 W, 21-7 MISSISSIPPI
1932 W, 7-3 Alabama (N) @ Birmingham, Ala.
1938 W, 13-0 Alabama (N) @ Birmingham, Ala.
1949 T, 7-7 Alabama (N) @ Birmingham, Ala.
1955 W, 20-0 Alabama (N) @ Birmingham, Ala.
1960 W, 20-7 No. 15 ALABAMA
1966 L, 10-11 No. 3 ALABAMA
1977 L, 10-24 No. 4 Alabama (N)@ Birmingham, Ala.
1983 W, 41-34 No. 11 Alabama (N) @ Birmingham, Ala.
1988 L, 20-28 No. 20 ALABAMA
1994 L, 13-17 No. 10 ALABAMA
2011 L, 7-38 No. 1 LOUISIANA STATE

The Vols only win on Oct. 15 since 1961 came in 1983, a thrilling 41-34 victory over Alabama. Johnnie Jones' 66-yard rushing TD proved to be the difference. On defense, led by Reggie White, the Vols kept Alabama scoreless for the final 21:36. QB Alan Cockrell threw for 292 yards with scoring strikes of 80, 80 and 57 yards.

Vols In The NFL - Week 5 Update

Jackson, Denver D Shine vs. Oakland

Malik Jackson and the Denver Broncos defense stood out on Sunday. Jackson made a season-high six tackles (his most since making six stops against Buffalo on Dec. 7, 2014) and recorded one sack as the Broncos limited the Oakland raiders to just 288 yards of offense.

Manning Sets Overall Career Passing Yards Record

Peyton Manning broke the league record for most overall career passing yards in the third quarter of Sunday's 16-10 win over the Raiders. He now has 77,725 passing yards over 18 seasons, including the playoffs. He needs another 914 yards to surpass the regular-season record of 71,838 passing yards, held by former Packers quarterback Brett Favre, for the most all-time.

Monday Night Vols

VFLs and Pittsburgh Steelers Ramon Foster and Daniel McCullers take on the San Diego Chargers tonight at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Player Pos. Team Week 5 Opponent Result Week 5 Stats Week 6 Opponent
Robert Ayers DE NY Giants San Francisco L, 30-27 Did Not Play at PHI, 8:30 pm (MON), ESPN
Eric Berry DB Kansas City Chicago L, 18-17 3 tackles, 2 pass def at MIN, 1 pm, CBS
Tyler Bray QB Kansas City Chicago L, 18-17 Non-football Injury List at MIN, 1 pm, CBS
Justin Coleman DB New England Dallas W, 30-6 2 tackles at IND, 8:30 pm, NBC
Britton Colquitt P Denver Oakland W, 16-10 5 punts, 42.2 avg, 1 in 20 at CLE, 1 pm, CBS
Dustin Colquitt P Kansas City Chicago L, 18-17 7 punts, 47.3 avg, 4 in 20 at MIN, 1 pm, CBS
Morgan Cox LS Baltimore Cleveland L, 33-30 Played at SF, 4:25 pm, CBS
Matt Darr P Miami BYE at TEN, 1 pm, CBS
Arian Foster RB Houston Indianapolis L, 27-20 19 car, 41 yards, 9 rec, 77 yards at JAC, 1 pm, CBS
Ramon Foster G Pittsburgh San Diego Tonight, 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN vs. ARI, 1 pm, FOX
Zach Fulton G Kansas City Chicago L, 18-17 Started at RG at MIN, 1 pm, CBS
Justin Hunter WR Tennessee Buffalo L, 14-13 4 rec, 38 yards vs. MIA, 1 pm, CBS
Malik Jackson DE Denver Oakland W, 16-10 6 tackles, 1 sack at CLE, 1 pm, CBS
Ja'Wuan James T Miami BYE at TEN, 1 pm, CBS
Austin Johnson FB New Orleans Philadelphia L, 39-17 Did Not Play vs. ATL, 8:25 pm (TH), CBS/NFLN
Peyton Manning QB Denver Oakland W, 16-10 22-for-35, 266 yards, 2 INT at CLE, 1 pm, CBS
Jerod Mayo LB New England Dallas W, 30-6 2 tackles at IND, 8:30 pm, NBC
Daniel McCullers DT Pittsburgh San Diego Tonight, 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN vs. ARI, 1 pm, FOX
Tony McDaniel DE Tampa Bay Jacksonville W, 38-31 1 tackle BYE
Denarius Moore WR Buffalo Tennessee W, 14-13 3 punt returns, 13.0 avg vs. CIN, 1 pm, CBS
Cordarrelle Patterson WR Minnesota BYE vs. KC, 1 pm, CBS
Mychal Rivera TE Oakland Denver W, 16-10 3 rec, 33 yards BYE
Chris Scott G Carolina BYE at SEA, 4:05 pm, FOX
Matt Simms QB Atlanta Washington W, 25-19 Practice Squad at NO, 8:25 pm (TH), CBS/NFLN
James Stone C/G Atlanta Washington W, 25-19 Played at NO, 8:25 pm (TH), CBS/NFLN
Luke Stocker TE Tampa Bay Jacksonville W, 38-31 Did Not Play BYE
Dallas Thomas G Miami BYE at TEN, 1 pm, CBS
Dan Williams DT Oakland Denver L, 16-10 5 tackles BYE
Jason Witten TE Dallas New England L, 30-6 5 rec, 33 yards BYE

This Day In #Vols History (10/12/15)

Take a look back at some of the Vols' great games on Oct. 12, as Tennessee is 10-5 all-time on the date.

OCTOBER 12 (10-5)
1901 W, 8-0 KING
1907 W, 15-0 Georgia
1912 W, 38-0 MARYVILLE
1929 W, 52-7 MISSISSIPPI
1935 W, 13-6 Auburn (N) @ Birmingham, Ala.
1940 W, 53-0 CHATTANOOGA
1946 W, 47-7 CHATTANOOGA
1957 W, 28-13 CHATTANOOGA
1963 L, 7-23 GEORGIA TECH
1968 W, 24-7 Georgia Tech
1974 L, 10-20 LSU
1985 L, 10-17 No. 7 Florida
1991 L, 18-35 No. 10 Florida
1996 W, 29-17 Georgia
2002 L, 13-18 No. 6 Georgia

On Oct. 12, 1996, Peyton Manning and the No. 7 Vols went between the hedges and took care of the Georgia Bulldogs, 29-17.

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Vols In The NFL - Week 5 Schedule

Follow all of your favorite VFLs in the NFL in Week 5!

Player Pos. Team Week 5 Opponent
Robert Ayers DE NY Giants vs. SF, 8 pm, NBC
Eric Berry DB Kansas City vs. CHI, 1 pm, FOX
Tyler Bray QB Kansas City vs. CHI, 1 pm, FOX
Justin Coleman DB New England at DAL, 4:25 pm, CBS
Britton Colquitt P Denver at OAK, 4;25 pm, CBS
Dustin Colquitt P Kansas City vs. CHI, 1 pm, FOX
Morgan Cox LS Baltimore vs. CLE, 1 pm, CBS
Matt Darr P Miami BYE
Arian Foster RB Houston vs. IND (TH): 19 car, 41 yards, 9 rec, 77 yards
Ramon Foster G Pittsburgh at SD, 8:30 pm, ESPN
Zach Fulton G Kansas City vs. CHI, 1 pm, FOX
Justin Hunter WR Tennessee vs. BUF, 1 pm, CBS
Malik Jackson DE Denver at OAK, 4;25 pm, CBS
Ja'Wuan James T Miami BYE
Austin Johnson FB New Orleans at PHI, 1 pm, FOX
Peyton Manning QB Denver at OAK, 4;25 pm, CBS
Jerod Mayo LB New England at DAL, 4:25 pm, CBS
Daniel McCullers DT Pittsburgh at SD, 8:30 pm, ESPN
Tony McDaniel DE Tampa Bay vs. JAC, 1 pm, CBS
Denarius Moore WR Buffalo at TEN, 1 pm, CBS
Cordarrelle Patterson WR Minnesota BYE
Mychal Rivera TE Oakland vs. DEN, 4:25 pm, CBS
Chris Scott G Carolina BYE
Matt Simms QB Atlanta vs. WAS, 1 pm, FOX
James Stone C/G Atlanta vs. WAS, 1 pm, FOX
Luke Stocker TE Tampa Bay vs. JAC, 1 pm, CBS
Dallas Thomas G Miami BYE
Dan Williams DT Oakland vs. DEN, 4:25 pm, CBS
Jason Witten TE Dallas vs. NE, 4:25 pm, CBS
-- = played, no stats

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