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Wednesday, October 17, 2001
Vols allow first TD in 18 games but keep winning

By Larry Schwartz
Special to

Oct. 19, 1940

For the last 17 regular-season games, Tennessee's mighty defense has not allowed a touchdown, an NCAA record. But that streak ends today in Birmingham as Alabama scores two touchdowns against the lighter Vols.

The Southeastern Conference game is scoreless in the second period when the Crimson Tide's Jimmy Nelson fakes a reverse and runs 14 yards for a touchdown. The other score comes in the third quarter when sophomore Dave Brown returns a punt 63 yards and brings the Tide to within 14-12.

However, the two touchdowns don't prevent the unbeaten Vols from continuing their winning ways. Coach Bob Neyland's troops score two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to gain a 27-12 victory before a sellout crowd of 24,531. It's Tennessee's 26th consecutive regular-season win.