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by Ivan Maisel

Tennessee Sports Information

#70
SOUTHERN EXPOSURE

Tuscaloosa, Ala. | Oct. 20, 1928

Before their 1928 game, young Tennessee coach Robert Neyland coyly suggested to Alabama coach Wallace Wade that the Vols were no match for the Tide and perhaps the second half could be shortened? Then Tennessee sophomore Gene McEver returned the opening kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown. The Vols stunned the Tide, 15-13, establishing Neyland and Tennessee as a Southern power.