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Top 10 Vol Upsets in the Modern Era


10. Notre Dame 1979

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This game is noteworthy for several reasons. It was Notre Dame’s first visit to Neyland Stadium in only the second ever match up between the storied programs, the Irish easily taking the first the year before in South Bend. It also came in the middle of a four-game stretch that bore just one Volunteer victory. And the 86,000-plus who packed Neyland Stadium probably didn’t think they would witness that lone win after Notre Dame’s first possession, a methodical march that ended with a touchdown on fourth and goal. Especially given the fact that the Vols had dropped an embarrassing one to Rutgers the week before on Homecoming.

But Jimmy Streater turned in an epic performance and led the Vols to a 40-18 victory, Tennessee’s first ever over the Irish, as well the first signature win for Johnny Majors, who was deep into his third season as head coach. And if you want to see what I mean about Streater’s performance, then watch the play below. And remember that cat played 35 years ago. Unreal. May the Sylva Streak rest in peace. You are missed, Jimmy.


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