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This Day In #Vols History (10/28/15)

The Vols won a high-scoring 45-39 contest at LSU on Oct. 28, 1989. More than 900 total yards of total offense were piled up. Chuck Webb ran for 132 yards while Andy Kelly threw for 180.

On Oct. 28, 2000, the Vols upset No. 17 South Carolina, in Columbia, 17-14. Travis Henry's TD with 26 seconds left in regulation gave the Vols the upset win. He ran for 115 yards and both of the Vols TDs in the game.

OCTOBER 28 (13-4)
1899 L, 0-51 University of the South
1905 L, 6-11 University of the South
1911 L, 0-16 North Carolina State
1916 W, 24-0 Florida (N) @ Tampa, Florida.
1922 W, 49-0 MISSISSIPPI
1933 W, 13-6 FLORIDA
1939 W, 17-0 MERCER
1944 W, 26-7 CLEMSON
1950 W, 27-20 WASHINGTON & LEE
1961 W, 20-7 CHATTANOOGA
1967 W, 17-14 LSU
1972 W, 34-2 HAWAI'I
1978 L, 21-34 Mississippi State (N) @ Memphis, Tenn.
1989 W, 45-39 LSU
1995 W, 56-21 SOUTH CAROLINA
2000 W, 17-14 No. 17 South Carolina
2006 W, 31-24 South Carolina

This Day In #Vols History (10/27/15)

Prior to a loss at South Carolina in 2012, the Vols had their most wins on any day without a loss on Oct. 27. Tennessee is 11-1 all-time on Oct. 27.

On Oct. 27, 2007. Tennessee beat South Carolina, 27-24 in overtime. Daniel Lincoln kicked the game-winning field goal in overtime from 27 yards out.

The Vols also beat No. 12 South Carolina on Oct. 27, 2001, 17-10. Travis Stephens ran for the game-winning 1-yard rush in the fourth quarter.

OCTOBER 27 (11-1)
1923 W, 7-3 Mississippi A&M (N)@ Memphis, Tenn.
1928 W, 26-7 WASHINGTON & LEE
1934 W, 14-6 DUKE
1945 W, 33-2 VILLANOVA
1951 W, 68-0 TENNESSEE TECH
1956 W, 34-7 MARYLAND
1962 W, 48-14 CHATTANOOGA
1973 W, 39-7 TEXAS CHRISTIAN
1984 W, 24-21 Georgia Tech
2001 W, 17-10 No. 12 SOUTH CAROLINA
2007 W, 27-24 No. 15 SOUTH CAROLINA (OT)
2012 L, 35-38 No. 17 South Carolina

This Day In #Vols History (10/26/15)

Over the last 100 years, Oct. 26 is the latest date the Vols and Alabama have played. In 1996, led by Peyton Manning, the Vols beat No. 12 Alabama, 20-13.

OCTOBER 26 (9-4-1)
1901 L, 5-16 Nashville
1907 W, 34-0 MARYVILLE
1912 L, 6-33 University of the South (N)@ Chattanooga, Tenn.
1913 W, 9-0 DAVIDSON
1929 W, 30-0 Washington & Lee
1935 W, 25-14 CENTRE
1940 W, 14-0 FLORIDA
1946 L, 6-19 WAKE FOREST
1957 W, 16-0 Maryland
1963 W, 49-7 CHATTANOOGA
1974 W, 29-28 CLEMSON
1985 T, 6-6 GEORGIA TECH
1996 W, 20-13 No. 12 ALABAMA
2002 L, 14-34 No. 19 ALABAMA

Vols In The NFL - Week 7 Schedule

Player Pos. Team Week 7 Opponent
Robert Ayers DE NY Giants vs. DAL, 4:25 pm, FOX
Eric Berry DB Kansas City vs. PIT, 1 pm, CBS
Tyler Bray QB Kansas City vs. PIT, 1 pm, CBS
Justin Coleman DB New England vs. NYJ, 1 pm, CBS
Britton Colquitt P Denver Bye
Dustin Colquitt P Kansas City vs. PIT, 1 pm, CBS
Morgan Cox LS Baltimore at ARI (Mon), 8:30 pm, ESPN
Matt Darr P Miami vs. HOU, 1 pm, CBS
Arian Foster RB Houston at MIA, 1 pm, CBS
Ramon Foster G Pittsburgh at KC, 1 pm, CBS
Zach Fulton G Kansas City vs. PIT, 1 pm, CBS
Justin Hunter WR Tennessee vs. ATL, 1 pm, FOX
Malik Jackson DE Denver Bye
Ja'Wuan James T Miami vs. HOU, 1 pm, CBS
Austin Johnson FB New Orleans at IND, 1 pm, FOX
Peyton Manning QB Denver Bye
Jerod Mayo LB New England vs. NYJ, 1 pm, CBS
Daniel McCullers DT Pittsburgh at KC, 1 pm, CBS
Tony McDaniel DE Tampa Bay at WAS, 1 pm, FOX
Denarius Moore WR Buffalo at JAC (UK), 9:30 am, Yahoo!
Cordarrelle Patterson WR Minnesota at DET, 1 pm, FOX
Mychal Rivera TE Oakland at SD, 4:05 pm, CBS
Chris Scott G Carolina vs. PHI, 8:30 pm, NBC
Matt Simms QB Atlanta at TEN, 1 pm, FOX
James Stone C/G Atlanta at TEN, 1 pm, FOX
Luke Stocker TE Tampa Bay at WAS, 1 pm, FOX
Dallas Thomas G Miami vs. HOU, 1 pm, CBS
Dan Williams DT Oakland at SD, 4:05 pm, CBS
Jason Witten TE Dallas at NYG, 4:25, FOX

This Day in #Vols History (10/23/15)

The Vols are 11-4 all-time on Oct. 23, which includes two wins over this week's opponent Alabama. The Vols also won a game 101-0 on this date back in 1915.
 

OCTOBER 23 (11-4)
1867 W, 6-0 WILLIAMSBURG
1909 L, 0-3 GEORGIA
1915 W, 101-0 CUMBERLAND
1920 W, 26-0 CLEMSON
1926 W, 30-7 CENTRE
1937 W, 32-0 UNIVERSITY OF THE SOUTH
1948 W, 41-0 TENNESSEE TECH
1954 W, 14-7 DAYTON
1965 W, 17-8 HOUSTON
1971 W, 10-7 vs. Mississippi State
1976 L, 18-20 No. 11 Florida
1982 L, 21-31 Georgia Tech
1999 W, 21-7 No. 10 Alabama
2004 W, 17-13 ALABAMA
2010 L, 10-41 No. 7 Alabama

The Tennessee-Alabama rivalry returned to Tuscaloosa for the first time in 69 years in 1999 and the No. 5 Vols came away with a 21-7 victory over the 10th-ranked Crimson Tide.

Vols In The NFL - Week 7 Schedule

Watch your favorite VFLs in the NFL in action this week! Here's the Week 6 stats and the Week 7 schedule!

Player Pos. Team Last Week Result Week 6 Stats Week 7 Opponent
Robert Ayers DE NY Giants at Philadelphia L, 27-7 DNP vs. DAL, 4:25 pm, FOX
Eric Berry DB Kansas City at Minnesota L, 16-10 3 tackles vs. PIT, 1 pm, CBS
Tyler Bray QB Kansas City at Minnesota L, 16-10 Non-Football Injury List vs. PIT, 1 pm, CBS
Justin Coleman DB New England at Indianapolis W, 34-27 1 tackle vs. NYJ, 1 pm, CBS
Britton Colquitt P Denver at Cleveland W, 26-23 7 punts, 45.6 avg Bye
Dustin Colquitt P Kansas City at Minnesota L, 16-10 6 punts, 41.7 avg, 3 in 20 vs. PIT, 1 pm, CBS
Morgan Cox LS Baltimore at San Francisco L, 25-20 -- at ARI (Mon), 8:30 pm, ESPN
Matt Darr P Miami at Tennessee W, 38-10 3 punts, 43.7 avg, 1 in 20 vs. HOU, 1 pm, CBS
Arian Foster RB Houston at Jacksonville W, 31-20 18 car, 53 yds, 5 rec, 59 yds, 1 rec TD at MIA, 1 pm, CBS
Ramon Foster G Pittsburgh vs. Arizona W, 25-13 Started at LG at KC, 1 pm, CBS
Zach Fulton G Kansas City at Minnesota L, 16-10 Started at RG vs. PIT, 1 pm, CBS
Justin Hunter WR Tennessee vs. Miami L, 38-10 3 rec, 54 yards vs. ATL, 1 pm, FOX
Malik Jackson DE Denver at Cleveland W, 26-23 4 tackles, 1 sack Bye
Ja'Wuan James T Miami at Tennessee W, 38-10 Started at RT vs. HOU, 1 pm, CBS
Austin Johnson FB New Orleans vs. Atlanta W, 31-21 -- at IND, 1 pm, FOX
Peyton Manning QB Denver at Cleveland W, 26-23 26-of-48, 290 yards, 1 TD, 3 INT Bye
Jerod Mayo LB New England at Indianapolis W, 34-27 -- vs. NYJ, 1 pm, CBS
Daniel McCullers DT Pittsburgh vs. Arizona W, 25-13 -- at KC, 1 pm, CBS
Tony McDaniel DE Tampa Bay Bye at WAS, 1 pm, FOX
Denarius Moore WR Buffalo vs. Cincinnati W, 21-10 2 kick returns, 19.0 avg at JAC (UK), 9:30 am, Yahoo!
Cordarrelle Patterson WR Minnesota vs. Kansas City W, 16-10 2 kick returns, 25.0 avg at DET, 1 pm, FOX
Mychal Rivera TE Oakland Bye at SD, 4:05 pm, CBS
Chris Scott G Carolina at Seattle W, 27-23 -- vs. PHI, 8:30 pm, NBC
Matt Simms QB Atlanta at New Orleans L, 31-21 Practice Squad at TEN, 1 pm, FOX
James Stone C/G Atlanta at New Orleans L, 31-21 Started at C at TEN, 1 pm, FOX
Luke Stocker TE Tampa Bay Bye at WAS, 1 pm, FOX
Dallas Thomas G Miami at Tennessee W, 38-10 Started at LG vs. HOU, 1 pm, CBS
Dan Williams DT Oakland Bye at SD, 4:05 pm, CBS
Jason Witten TE Dallas Bye at NYG, 4:25, FOX
-- = played, no stats

This Day In #Vols History (10/22/15)

On Oct. 22, 1977, Kelsey Finch set the Tennessee record with the longest run in program history with a 99-dash against No. 19 Florida in Gainesville.

OCTOBER 22 (11-5-1)
1896 W, 10-6 WILLIAMSBURG
1900 T, 0-0 Vanderbilt
1904 L, 0-2 Georgia Tech
1910 L, 5-35 Georgia
1921 W, 9-0 FLORIDA
1927 W, 57-0 TRANSYLVANIA
1932 W, 60-0 MARYVILLE
1938 W, 44-0 THE CITADEL
1949 W, 36-6 TENNESSEE TECH
1955 W, 53-7 DAYTON
1960 W, 35-0 CHATTANOOGA
1966 W, 29-17 SOUTH CAROLINA
1977 L, 17-27 No. 19 Florida
1983 W, 37-3 GEORGIA TECH
1988 W, 38-25 Memphis State
2005 L, 3-6 No. 5 Alabama
2011 L, 6-37 No. 2 Alabama

On Oct. 22, 1983, the Vols dumped Georgia Tech, 37-3. Alan Cockrell threw for 189 yards and TD scores to Clyde Duncan and Lenny Taylor. Johnnie Jones ran for 128 yards and a score.

Washington Post Feature On #VFL Jason Witten

The Washington Post has a fantastic feature on #VFL Jason Witten and his rise from a defensive end at Tennessee to Hall of Fame tight end. 



A few years ago, a man who works for a real estate investment company in Utah attended a Dallas Cowboys game in Indianapolis. Watching from the stands, Neil Johnson focused his attention on his former teammate at the University of Tennessee, Cowboys tight end Jason Witten, a hall-of-famer in waiting who acknowledges his laudable career was made possible only by Johnson's bad luck and Witten's eventual willingness to take a leap of faith.


"If it wasn't for that," Witten said recently, "I would never have had the career I've had."


Fifteen years ago, Johnson had suffered a knee injury that ended his college career. What came next set in motion a series of unusual events that led both of them here - Witten reluctantly moving to the position that would make him a star and, eventually, an almost certain NFL Hall of Famer.


Back in 2000, Witten was a freshman defensive end hoping for a chance to play. Johnson, meanwhile, was ready for his breakout year. He was a blocking specialist who'd been on the Volunteers' roster when they won the 1998 national championship. But this would be the year his hard work finally paid off. Then in practice one day, something popped in his knee, and just like that, Johnson's season was finished.


Coach Phillip Fulmer felt cornered. The season was bearing down on him, and now he only had one tight end, a junior named John Finlayson. Fulmer combed his roster for depth, stopping when he found a freshman who had been raised in Washington, D.C., before eventually moving to Tennessee. Witten was the grandson of legendary Elizabethton (Tenn.) High football coach Dave Rider and a young defensive end who had played some tight end in high school - a mix of understanding and experience Fulmer needed during a time like this.


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.

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