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1950 Tennessee Volunteers football
National Champions
Cotton Bowl Classic, W 20-14 vs. Texas
Conference Southeastern Conference
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
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The 1950 Tennessee Volunteers football team represented the University of Tennessee in the 1950 college football 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

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.


Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
09/23/1950* Mississippi Southern #4 Shields-Watkins FieldKnoxville, TN W 56-0  
09/30/1950 at Mississippi State #4 Scott FieldStarkville, MS L 7-0  
10/07/1950* at #14 Duke Duke StadiumDurham, NC W 28-7  
10/14/1950* Chattanooga #14 Shields-Watkins Field • Knoxville, TN W 41-0  
10/21/1950 Alabama #18 Shields-Watkins Field • Knoxville, TN (Third Saturday in October) W 14-9  
10/28/1950* Washington and Lee #8 Shields-Watkins Field • Knoxville, TN W 27-20  
11/04/1950*† North Carolina #11 Shields-Watkins Field • Knoxville, TN W 16-0  
11/11/1950* Tennessee Tech #11 Shields-Watkins Field • Knoxville, TN W 48-14  
11/18/1950 Ole Miss #9 Shields-Watkins Field • Knoxville, TN W 35-0  
11/25/1950 #3 Kentucky #9 Shields-Watkins Field • Knoxville, TN W 7-0  
12/02/1950 at Vanderbilt #4 Dudley FieldNashville, TN W 43-0  
01/01/1951* vs. #3 Texas #4 Cotton BowlDallas, TX (Cotton Bowl Classic) W 20-14  
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.


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

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