Early in 1984, the Vols hosted the Utes of Utah. UT jumped out to a big lead and held on late for a 27-21 victory. After rushing for over 200 yards the week before, Johnnie Jones ran for 197 yards on 26 carries and was named AP and UPI back of the week.
In September of 2005, a crestfallen QB came into a game trailing 21-0, and lead one of the greatest comebacks in UT history. A week after losing his starting job, Rick Clausen rescued the Vols by going 21-32 for 196 yards and 1 touchdown (ran for a 2nd) in the 30-27 OT win at LSU!
My parents have said this game is when they knew I was going to be a Vols fan. I don't remember it ( I was almost 7), but they've told me I got excited every time Bobby Majors did something good. I do know this was a nationally televised game, which wasn't nearly as common as it is today.
In 1976, Andy Spiva had one of the greatest single seasons in college football history. Spiva collected 194 total tackles for the 6-5 Vols. Spiva is also the SEC career leader in total tackles with 547 and was a 2X All-SEC linebacker. Before his NFL career took off, Spiva was killed in a car crash in Atlanta.
In 2004, UT started 3 different QB’s and had to rely on a strong run game to finish 10-3 and a berth in the SECCG. The Vols had a special backfield, with two backs rushing for over 1,000 yards. Gerald Riggs, Jr, from Chattanooga Red Bank, was the leading rusher with 1,107 yards and 6 TDs on 193 carries.