5 Facts About UT-Alabama Football


1. 1901 was the first meeting between the two teams.

It ended early in a 6–6 tie, when fans rushed onto the field after a controversial offside call and the umpires were unable to clear out the crowd in the second half. 

2. In 1909, Vols fans chased a referee from the stadiu.

R. T. Elgin jumped aboard a moving streetcar.

3. In 1982, Bear Bryant made his last trip to Neyland Stadium.

Alabama’s 11-game win streak over the Vols came to an end 35-28 as UT coach Johnny Majors is carried to mid-field in celebration to shake Bryant’s hand one last time.

4. 1998: Undefeated march to Tempe.

The Vols’ trip to the national championship included defeating Alabama 35–18 in Knoxville.

5. In 2003, the longest game in either team’s history.

Tennessee traveled to Tuscaloosa to take on the unranked Crimson Tide. The two teams went to an unprecedented five overtime periods before Tennessee finally breaks the ice in the fifth overtime scoring a touchdown and the mandatory two-point conversion. Tennessee left Tuscaloosa victorious with a 51–43 win.

Thanks to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Third_Saturday_in_October for the history lesson.

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