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The Vols have had good success on Halloween in the course of history with a 12-3 all-time record.
On Oct. 31, 1998, quarterback Tee Martin set the NCAA record for most consecutive completions with 23 in a row vs South Carolina in a 49-14 Tennessee win. Martin finished the game 23-of-24 for 315 yards and fur touchdowns. Peerless Price had 10 catches for 165 yards in the win.
OCTOBER 31 (12-3)
1903 W, 10-0 Nashville
1908 W, 6-5 Georgia Tech
1910 L, 0-48 Mississippi A&M
1914 W, 67-0 CHATTANOOGA
1925 W, 12-7 GEORGIA
1931 W, 25-2 DUKE
1936 W, 46-0 Georgia
1942 W, 26-0 No. 19 LOUISIANA STATE
1953 W, 20-6 North Carolina
1959 W, 29-7 North Carolina
1970 W, 41-7 Wake Forest (N) @ Memphis, Tenn.
1987 L, 18-20 Boston College
1992 L, 23-24 South Carolina
1998 W, 49-14 South Carolina
2009 W, 31-13 No. 21 SOUTH CAROLINA
On Oct. 31, 2009, the Vols knocked off No. 21 South Carolina as Tennessee donned black uniforms on Halloween. That win was UT's last vs. a ranked team until the Vols ended a 19-game losing streak to ranked teams on Oct. 19, 2013 with a 23-21 win over South Carolina.
The Vols head to South Carolina on Friday to take on the Gamecocks in a pivotal game for both clubs. Get the latest on Tennessee from the assistant coaches: #VolReport: Assistants Talk S.Carolina.
On Oct. 30, 1993, the Vols routed South Carolina, 55-3, as James 'Little Man' Stewart ran for 114 yards and two touchdowns; Charlie Garner opened the game with a 60-yard rushing TD on the second play for the Vols as he finished with 105 yards. Todd Helton threw two TD passes for the Vols.
OCTOBER 30 (7-5)
1909 L, 0-29 GEORGIA TECH
1915 L, 0-35 Vanderbilt
1920 L, 7-13 Mississippi A&M
1926 W, 33-0 Mississippi A&M
1937 W, 32-0 GEORGIA
1948 L, 7-14 No. 3 NORTH CAROLINA
1954 W, 26-20 NORTH CAROLINA
1971 W, 38-3 TULSA
1993 W, 55-3 SOUTH CAROLINA
1999 W, 30-7 SOUTH CAROLINA
2004 W, 43-29 South Carolina
2010 L, 24-38 No. 17 South Carolina
On Oct. 30, 2004, the Vols won their 12th consecutive game vs. South Carolina with a 43-29 win in Columbia. The Vols exploded in the third quarter as Erik Ainge threw three TDs and Cedric Houston ran for 190 yards with runs of 37, 54 and 65 yards.
The Bleacher Report has a fantastic detailed story on the heroic return of offensive lineman Jacob Gilliam just weeks after suffering a torn ACL:Tennessee Football: OL Jacob Gilliam Is College Football's Ultimate Warrior
A collegiate career that began as a 250-pound invited walk-on, featured playing for three offensive line coaches (as well as two head coaches) and culminated with him earning a starting left tackle spot as a fifth-year senior on scholarship leaves little room for incredulity.
But playing on a torn anterior cruciate ligament just 49 days after suffering the injury pushes the boundaries of belief.
Yet, that's just what Gilliam did on Oct. 18 at No. 3 Ole Miss. Then in last week's game against UT's biggest rival, Alabama, Gilliam started, anchoring his 6'4", 297-pound body on that detached knee ligament, play after play.