“38-7 Over Florida in 1970”

What a day it was in Knoxville this day in 1970, as reported in that day’s edition of the KN-S.

Tennessee took Florida to the woodshed by a 38-7 count yesterday, raising the Vol record to 5-1 and propelling the Vols into the Top 10 at No. 9, heading toward a game in Memphis against Wake Forest the next week.

It climaxed a tumultuous two-week period in which the Vols knocked off Alabama 24-0 and Florida, both games at home. Against the Gators, Bobby Scott threw for 385 yards and two touchdowns. Jackie Walker and Conrad Graham each had interception returns for touchdowns, and all was well on an overcast day in Knoxville.

Tennessee fans gave Doug Dickey, their team’s coach from 1964 through 1969, a heart-warming ovation as he left the field. Over the years, he has often called it a touching moment.

Tennessee went on to an 11-1 record and Sugar Bowl victory over Air Force that season. The 1970 group is one of the favorite teams brought up when Vol fans discuss such things.

Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017

P.S. There have been times, historically speaking, that the KN-S or even the KNS, has reported a Vol victory over the Gators.