“A Couple of Trips to Little Rock”

No. 11 Tennessee made its first trip to Little Rock since 1907 a successful one, this day in 1993,  defeating the Razorbacks 28-14 at a windswept War Memorial Stadium.

The Vols led by 21-14 entering the fourth quarter and cranked up an 84-yard drive that took more than six minutes, finally capped by a 7-yard TD run from quarterback Heath Shuler.

Russ Bebb called it “time-honored, root-hog football at its best.”

The win was exceptionally sweet for the Vols and head coach Phillip Fulmer, given that Alabama was on the schedule a week later, and everybody seemed worried the Vols might be thinking ahead a week.

That was not the case. It wasn’t easy, but the Vols somehow survived the trip and then began preparations for the game at Birmingham against the Crimson Tide.

The Vols finished 10-2 (7-1 SEC) that season, with Shuler being named SEC “Player of the Year.”

The Vols would return to War Memorial Stadium in 1997 and lived to tell the tale in that one, too, winning 30-22 in another hard-fought contest.

After that game, the Vols would play Arkansas in 1999, 2001, 2007, and 2011 on campus in Fayetteville, albeit winning but one of the four games played.

Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013