Tennessee’s Thanksgiving Day Football History

THANKSGIVING (21-14-6)

November 24, 1938. Tennessee hosts Kentucky in what proves to be the final Thanksgiving Day Game on a slush-covered Shields-Watkins Field. In a dominant performance, the Volunteers overwhelm the Wildcats 46-0 – in what was the largest score to date in the history of the traditional tilt. As powerful as the offense was in piling up 7 touchdowns, the defense was equally stingy – limiting Kentucky to just 2 first downs and 34 yards of total offense as the Big Orange retained possession of The Beer Barrel.

Bob Foxx & Sam Bartholomew defend against one of the three passes Kentucky attempted in the ’38 game (Courtesy: University of Tennessee)


11/24/1892 Wake Forest L, 6-10
11/30/1893 Asheville Ath. W, 12-6
11/26/1896 Central University W, 30-0
11/25/1897 Virginia Tech (Roanoke) W, 18-0
11/30/1899 Kentucky University W, 41-0
11/28/1901 Alabama (Birmingham) T, 6-6
11/27/1902 Clemson L, 0-11
11/26/1903 Alabama (Birmingham) L, 0-24
11/24/1904 Alabama (Birmingham) W, 5-0
11/30/1905 Alabama (Birmingham) L, 0-29
11/29/1906 Alabama (Birmingham) L, 0-51
11/28/1907 Alabama (Birmingham) L, 0-5
11/26/1908 Alabama (Birmingham) L, 0-4
11/25/1909 Transylvania W, 11-0
11/30/1911 Kentucky State (Lexington) L, 0-12
11/28/1912 Alabama (Birmingham) L, 0-7
11/27/1913 Kentucky State (Lexington) W, 13-7
11/26/1914 at Sewanee W, 14-7
11/25/1915 Kentucky State (Lexington) L, 0-6
11/30/1916 Kentucky State T, 0-0
11/27/1919 at Kentucky L, 0-13
11/25/1920 Kentucky W, 14-7
11/24/1921 at Kentucky T, 0-0
11/30/1922 Kentucky W, 14-7
11/29/1923 at Kentucky W, 18-0
11/27/1924 Kentucky L, 6-27
11/26/1925 at Kentucky L, 20-23
11/25/1926 Kentucky W, 6-0
11/24/1927 at Kentucky W, 20-0
11/29/1928 Kentucky T, 0-0
11/28/1929 at Kentucky T, 6-6
11/27/1930 Kentucky W, 8-0
11/26/1931 at Kentucky T, 6-6
11/24/1932 Kentucky W, 26-0
11/30/1933 at Kentucky W, 27-0
11/29/1934 Kentucky W, 19-0
11/28/1935 at Kentucky L, 0-27
11/26/1936 Kentucky W, 7-6
11/25/1937 at Kentucky W, 13-0
11/24/1938 Kentucky W, 46-0
11/30/1939 at Kentucky W, 19-0*

*Fun fact: The 1939 game at Kentucky was the last time the Volunteers were scheduled to play on Thanksgiving. However, President Franklin Roosevelt changed the observance – from the LAST Thursday in November (as set by President Lincoln) to the 4th Thursday in the 11th month. There were 5 Thursdays in November of 1939 and since the United States was still trying to recover from The Great Depression, President Roosevelt wanted to give retailers an extra week for the holiday shopping season. Technically, Tennessee and the Wildcats played the week AFTER Thanksgiving (But – since the game was arranged before FDR’s directive – and was still played on a Thursday – I included it in UT’s Turkey Day Results/History) #TheMoreYouKnow 

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