5. Alabama – 2003
The Third Saturday in October matchup in 2003 was one for the record books. Tennessee and Alabama battled to a draw in regulation at a score of 20-20. One of the most dramatic plays in this series took place in the 2nd overtime. UT trailed 34-27 and faced a 4th and 19. Check out the video below to see what happened:
Tennessee would go on to win the game 51-43 in 5 overtimes. One of the great games in this fabled series.
4. Georgia – 2004
A young Tennessee football team traveled to Athens, GA to face the #3 rated Georgia Bulldogs. The Bulldogs were coming off a huge win the week earlier against LSU and with a win could have been ranked #1 at the end of the day. But, that was not to be. UT scored on the first possession of the game and never looked back on their way to a 19-14 victory. Freshmen QBs Erik Ainge and Brent Shaeffer led UT to one of the biggest road wins in the last 20 seasons.
3. Miami (FL) – 2003
The Vols went into the historic Orange Bowl in Miami with the odds not in their favor. Miami was still in the National Title picture and were riding a 26-game home winning streak. Both of those things would end at the end of the day. Tennessee would score the only touchdown of the game on a Derrick Tinsley rushing score at the end of the first half. UT would go on to win the game 10-6 thanks to a well-timed Dustin Colquitt punt that pinned dangerous Hurricane’s punt returner Sean Taylor to the corner of the field and ultimately led to a fumble, the Hurricanes 4th turnover of the game.
2. Alabama – 1995
The game that ended the streak. UT went into Legion Field with one goal in mind: defeated the Crimson Tide. That’s just what they did. On the first play of the game, Peyton Manning hooked up with Joey Kent for a 80-yard touchdown strike that set the tone. Tennessee would never look back and would win 42-14 over the Tide and end Alabama’s 9=game win streak over the Volunteers.
1. Florida – 2001
Tennessee went to The Swamp in December in 2001 due to the tragic events of September 11th. Luckily for the Vols they were healthy entering the game where they wouldn’t have been earlier in the season. The Vols were 18 point underdogs entering the game with a trip to Atlanta and the SEC Championship Game on the line. UT struck fast on the Gators, taking a 14-0 lead. The Gators would score 20 unanswered points, but the Vols wouldn’t quit. Travis Stephens ran for 226 yards and 2 touchdowns to lead the Vols to a 34-32 victory, the first victory for UT in The Swamp since the 1970s. The win gave the Vols the SEC Title and a trip to the SEC Championship Game.