After a 1-4-1 start to the 1978 season, Tennessee found its bearings by winning four of its last five games.
The only loss was at No. 14 Notre Dame, where a fellow named Montana was under center. The Vols led 7-6 at the half, but the “Fighting Irish,” wearing their green jerseys, found its stride in the second half and pulled away for the win.
The Vols, incidentally, came in orange, adding a festive look for the Nov. 11 game.
Vol alum Lindsey Nelson did play-by-play for the Notre Dame delayed broadcast that had brought him fame over the years. His play-by-play also highlighted the pay-per-view telecast back to Knoxville.
The finish to the 1978 season brought hope that 1979 would be better… and it was.
The close to the season brought the following assessment from head coach John Majors, probably for the first time since his return to Knoxville, said, “Tennessee is a good football team.”
Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015