“A Loss to the Mean Green”

By late afternoon today in 1975, the unthinkable had happened at Neyland Stadium. North Texas State, a decided underdog left Neyland Stadium as a 21-14 winner over Tennessee, a decision that sent shockwaves all over the expanse of Big Orange Country.

Russ Bebb called it “one of the most humiliating Tennessee losses of all time in the minds of Vol fans.”

Tennessee racked up more than 500 total yards, but only scored 14 points. After huffing and puffing to tie the game late in the fourth quarter, the Vols gave up a kickoff return for a score that turned the game the Mean Green’s way.

It took 40 years to square the accounts with North Texas, with the Vols winning 24-0 on Nov. 24, 2015.

Wonder when the next opportunity to take the lead in the series will come?

For some folks, it can’t come soon enough.

Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017