1950 Tennessee Volunteers football team

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1950 Tennessee Volunteers football
National Champions
Cotton Bowl Classic, W 20–14 vs. Texas
Conference Southeastern Conference
Ranking
Coaches #3
AP #4
1950 record 11–1 (4–1 SEC)
Head coach Robert Neyland
Offensive scheme Single-wing
Base defense Multiple
Home stadium Shields-Watkins Field
Seasons
« 1949 1951 »
1950 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#7 Kentucky 5 1 0     11 1 0
#4 Tennessee 4 1 0     11 1 0
#16 Alabama 6 2 0     9 2 0
#20 Tulane 3 1 1     6 2 1
Georgia Tech 4 2 0     5 6 0
Georgia 3 2 1     6 3 3
Mississippi State 3 4 0     4 5 0
Vanderbilt 3 4 0     7 4 0
LSU 2 3 2     4 5 2
Florida 2 4 0     5 5 0
Ole Miss 1 5 0     5 5 0
Auburn 0 7 0     0 10 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1950 Tennessee Volunteers football team represented the University of Tennessee in the 1950 season. Led by head coach Robert Neyland, the Volunteers lost only one game, a 7–0 upset at Mississippi State in the second game of the season. The Vols handed #3 Kentucky, coached by Bear Bryant, its only loss and defeated #2 Texas in the Cotton Bowl Classic en route to an 11–1 record.

Big Seven champion Oklahoma finished the regular season 10–0 and was named national champions by the AP Poll, but lost to Kentucky, who Tennessee earlier defeated, in the Sugar Bowl. Tennessee was the only top five team that year to win their bowl game. Thus, Tennessee was voted national champions by a preponderance of selectors, with 18 to Oklahoma's 11.[1]

Prominent players[edit]

The 1950 Tennessee team featured Hank Lauricella, the following season's Heisman Trophy runner-up, and Doug Atkins, a future member of both the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. In addition, guard Ted Daffer and tackle Bill "Pug" Pearman were named as All-Americans in 1950.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 23, 1950 Mississippi Southern* #4 Shields-Watkins FieldKnoxville, TN W 56–0  
September 30, 1950 at Mississippi State #4 Scott FieldStarkville, MS L 0–7  
October 7, 1950 at #14 Duke* Duke StadiumDurham, NC W 28–7  
October 14, 1950 Chattanooga* #14 Shields-Watkins Field • Knoxville, TN W 41–0  
October 21, 1950 Alabama #18 Shields-Watkins Field • Knoxville, TN (Third Saturday in October) W 14–9  
October 28, 1950 Washington and Lee* #8 Shields-Watkins Field • Knoxville, TN W 27–20  
November 4, 1950 North Carolina*dagger #11 Shields-Watkins Field • Knoxville, TN W 16–0  
November 11, 1950 Tennessee Tech* #11 Shields-Watkins Field • Knoxville, TN W 48–14  
November 18, 1950 Ole Miss #9 Shields-Watkins Field • Knoxville, TN W 35–0  
November 25, 1950 #3 Kentucky #9 Shields-Watkins Field • Knoxville, TN W 7–0  
December 2, 1950 at Vanderbilt #4 Dudley FieldNashville, TN (Rivalry) W 43–0  
January 1, 1951 vs. #3 Texas* #4 Cotton BowlDallas, TX (Cotton Bowl Classic) W 20–14  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1950 National Championships". Archived from the original on 2009-07-21. Retrieved 2009-11-12. 

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