1928 Tennessee vs. Florida: Neyland's flu game

1928 Tennessee vs. Florida: Neyland's flu game

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1928 Tennessee vs. Florida: Neyland's flu game

Tennessee and Florida played to conclude the 1928 season.

The Vols defeated the Gators, 13-12, at Shields-Watkins Field in what was referred to as Tennessee’s best season at the time. Tennessee finished 9-0-1 with a 0-0 tie against Kentucky as its only non-win in 1928. Florida entered the season-ending matchup undefeated and untied in head coach Charlie Bachman’s first season.

The Gators led the nation in scoring with 336 points. Bachman played at Notre Dame and ran the Notre Dame box offense at Florida.

During game week, Tennessee head coach Robert Neyland suffered from the flu and spent much of the time staying in bed at his 2111 Terrace Ave. home. Neyland lived there from 1927-29.

The home is scheduled to be demolished following Saturday’s Tennessee versus Florida game on Sept. 24.

Here is how game week unfolded in 1928 as Neyland went against doctor’s orders to coach in the game.

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