VOL REPORT: Flashback To 1939

Aug. 30, 2012

As Tennessee opens the 2012 season Friday vs. NC State, the last time these two teams played was 73 years ago in Raleigh in 1939. Check out highlights including Sam Bartholomew and George Cafego.

Here is the game recap from the 1940 Volunteer Yearbook:

Scoring twice within the first seven minutes of play, the Volunteers opened the season with a 13-0 victory over North Carolina State. The game was played at Raleigh before 13,000 homecoming fans. Tennessee played sluggishly after the first quarter and bore scant resemblance to the outfit that won the 1939 Orange Bowl game from Oklahoma.

Tennessee's first touchdown was featured by Captain Sammy Bartholomew's 79-yard runback of the opening kickoff to the State six-yard line. Two short gains by Len Coffman advanced the ball to the three and Bob Foxx went over on a reverse. A few minutes later a pass, Cafego to Andridge, netted another touchdown and this time Cafego kicked the extra point.

The Vols failed to block up to their usual standard on the offense but a stout defense kept the State backs out of scoring distance. Abe Shires was the outstanding lineman on the field with his jarring tackles.

Tennessee made 12 first downs to State's three and gained a net yardage of 248 to 25 for the Wolfpack. However, penalties totaling 85 yards were called on Tennessee.





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