PASADENA ... Tennessee went to Pasadena for the 1940 Rose Bowl undefeated in 23 games and unscored upon in 15, but both streaks came to a halt against Southern California.
It marked the first of two Vol appearances in the Rose Bowl in the 1940s, both against Southern California.
Playing without star tailback George Cafego, the victim of a knee injury against The Citadel earlier in the year, the Vols fumbled away a golden opportunity in the fourth period and fell 14-0.
USC racked up 229 yards rushing, scored in the second and fourth quarter, and ran nearly double the plays from scrimmage to take a 14-0 decision.
The 1939 Tennessee team was the last to hold a season of opponents scoreless, with future College Football Hall of Famers that included Cafego, Suffridge and Ed Molinski leading the way, along with head coach Robert R. Neyland.