NEW ORLEANS (Jan. 1, 1941) - Boston College and Tennessee met in the 1941 Sugar Bowl in a game that had all the earmarks of a David and Goliath story. Before a record crowd at Tulane Stadium, the underdog Boston College team had pulled off the upset and, to make matters worse, did it with a play taken directly from the Vols' playbook.
Tennessee scored first on a 4-yard run by Van Thompson and the conversion by Bob Foxx, but lost the ball on downs at the BC 11 and lost an interception at the BC 15. The half ended 7-0.
Boston College tied the score in the third period, blocking a Tennessee punt and scoring quickly. It had been seven years since a Vol punt was blocked. The Vols went back ahead as Buist Warren scored from the two and Tennessee led 13-7.
Boston College answered immediately as Mike Holovak scored from the 1 after a 70-yard drive. The point failed and it was 13-13 entering the final canto. With six minutes left, the Eagles disdained the ground game and three passes moved the ball to the Vol 24. Eagle tailback Charlie O'Rourke then ran left, raised his arm as if to pass and sprinted 24 yards for the touchdown. Eagle Coach Frank Leahy said after the game he had seen the play in a Vol film and added it to his playbook.
Tennessee saw two scoring chances in the fourth quarter go by the boards, as Foxx missed a field goal and the Vols lost a fumble at the BC 38.