“The Power of a Dream”

It’s often the power of a dream, or, as some say, the stuff of which dreams are made.

That was the case on Nov. 9, 1991, when the Vols overcame a 31-7 deficit to win 35-34 on the verdant turf of Notre Dame Stadium, back when grass adorned the field where so many magic moments have taken place over the years.

The magic moments were on Tennessee’s side this day. The winning extra point came from the toe of freshman placekicker John Becksvoort. In the post-game interviews, Becksvoort, a Chattanooga native, allowed that he had dreamed of kicking a game-winning field goal, but quickly allowed that an extra point provided plenty of drama on this day.

Becksvoort was likely also glad that Tennessee defensive back Jeremy Lincoln was on his side.

As every Vol fan knows, perhaps by heart, that Lincoln blocked Rob Leonard’s attempt at a field goal that would have turned the game in Notre Dame’s favor. He did it, not with his hands or arms, but with his rump. He did praise his mother for helping him do so.

That’s the way things appeared on a November day in South Bend, Ind., when the Vols overcame all sorts of trials and travail to shake down the thunder, or, better yet, wake up the echoes, and take one of the school’s most famous victories.

No living Vol fan will ever forget it, whether they were there or not.

Thursday, May 11, 2017