It was 1973. It was Auburn. Big deal back then. Huge rivalry. I drove up from my co-op engineering assignment in Chattanooga for the game. My friend Marcia Wood got me what turned out to be the best seats I ever had as a student at UT–section D, Row 49, 48 yard line. One row in front of being under the cover of the upper deck…

Weather threatening. Second half. Tennessee ahead. Rains came. Rains like I’d never seen before and haven’t seen at Neyland since. I literally watched rain come across the north end zone bleachers and sail into the south end zone horseshoe seats while never touching the ground. The playing surface of Shields-Watkins was covered with water from the sidelines out to the hashmarks. During time outs Auburn cheerleaders body surfed from the hashmarks to the sideline fence. But the highlight was that Tennessee was ahead. Auburn couldn’t advance the ball and punted. Tennessee punted right back on first down. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat until the game ended. Only game I’ve ever seen where a team punted on first down. But it was the right call Coach Battle! Final score Tennessee 21 Auburn 0. I had a nice dinner on the strip with a new friend and drove back to Chattanooga in the rain. Happy!

– David Torbett