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Top 10 Vol Upsets in the Modern Era


6. at Notre Dame 1991


The miracle in South Bend is probably best remembered as one of the greatest comebacks in Tennessee history. But it was also an impressive upset over a national power, the No. 5 Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. Down 31-7 in the second quarter, the Vols refused to go quietly, the first sign of life when Floyd Miley scooped up a blocked Notre Dame field goal and returned for a touchdown right before intermission. The play would spark a second-half rally for the ages. Dale Carter had a key interception late in the game that set up a Kelly-to-Hayden screen pass that went for a touchdown (pictured above) to give the Vols their first lead of the game, 35-34.

The improbable comeback was almost for not when Notre Dame lined up on the nine-yard line for a field goal attempt on the game’s final play. But Jeremy Lincoln managed to deflect the kick, which sailed right, and the miracle was complete.

Honorable mention in this spot goes to another road classic played on the home-field of another national powerhouse. I’m speaking of the…


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