ATLANTA, Ga. — One hundred and fifteen years later, Tennessee and Georgia Tech will square off in the town where it all began.
Tennessee won that first game — way back on Nov. 22, 1902 — by a score of 10-6. Georgia Tech had two touchdowns nullified, and the Vols overcame darkness and a rainy night in Atlanta to pull off the win.
The Vols and the Yellow Jackets played often in those early years, with Tennessee winning again in 1903 — it was an 11-0 shutout — before Georgia Tech won three straight. A safety was the only score in the 1904 game, which saw the Yellow Jackets win 2-0 in Chattanooga. There was a little more scoring the following year in Atlanta, as Georgia Tech pulled off a 45-0 win.
Georgia Tech would go on to win three of the next four games between the two schools before the series was halted in 1911, after a 24-0 win by the Yellow Jackets.
The two teams would not meet again for 35 years. Finally, in 1946, they met in Knoxville, with former Vol standout Bobby Dodd bringing his Georgia Tech team to Knoxville to face off against his former coach, General Robert Neyland, who was returning from military service.
Tennessee won that game at Shields-Watkins Field, 14-9. But Dodd would get his revenge a year later, defeating Neyland’s Vols by a 27-0 score in Atlanta.
Until 1963, Georgia Tech won more than its fair share of game against Tennessee, carrying a 13-8 record in the series. But Tennessee has owned the series since then, though the two teams have not played since 1987.
Beginning in 1964, Tennessee won 16 games against Georgia Tech, while the Yellow Jackets have won only four against the Vols. The 1985 game in Knoxville ended in a 6-6 tie. Tennessee trailed that game 6-0 in the fourth quarter, but Carlos Reveiz kicked two long field goals — from 51 and 55 yards — in the final period to help the Vols tie the game.
The last meeting between the two schools — on Oct. 24, 1987 — saw the Vols earn a 29-15 victory at Neyland Stadium.