Throwback Thursday: 1975 North Texas at Tennessee

Enjoy a silent coaches film? We do too. We're in luck because the Portal of Texas History once again gives us a golden egg in the form of the 1975 tilt between North Texas State and Tennessee live from Knoxville!


- Hayden Fry was in the midst of his North Texas turn around. His 1975 team was 7-4 and yet was left out of a bowl game. 

- Fry was a former Marine and future legendary head man at Iowa. Two of his sons played on that 1975 North Texas team. 

- The Mean Green didn't duck anyone in 1975, they played against Big 8 power Oklahoma State and two SEC teams, Mississippi State and the aforementioned Tennessee. 

- The Mean Green came close to nipping the Bulldogs in Starkvegas, but Oklahoma State beat North Texas like a rented mule. North Texas also knocked off Houston, a school in their last year as an independent before transitioning to the SWC. 

- Hayden Fry had his eyes on the old SWC as well, but the more on that here

- North Texas running back Sears Woods was the most potent offensive threat, with seven touchdowns and a whopping 446 yards rushing. 

- Three North Texas quarterbacks played significant roles for Fry's offense, Glen Ray, Ken Smith and Ken Washington all attempted at least 59 passes but none more than 65. None completed more than 41% of their passes either. 

- Ray, a Nebraska transfer, got the starting nod vs. the Vols. 

- Woods rushed for 121 yards in the game and his 98 yard touchdown return after Tennessee had tied the score proved to be the game winner. 

- The Mean Green would use the win to propel them on a four game winning streak to end the season. 

- Tennessee was coached by the great Bill Battle. He won 71% of his games with the Vols and an SEC title in six seasons.

- The 1975 Vols weren't slouches, they went 7-5 and spent five weeks ranked in the AP Top 20, rising to #10. 

- Future first round draft pick Stanley Morgan carried the ball and quarterback Randy Wallace led the SEC in touchdown passes. 

- Tennessee's loss to North Texas was considered the most shocking Vol defeat in two decades. 

- Tennessee made the North Texas game their homecoming and the Mean Green went ahead and ruined the festivities. 

Enjoy history kids. It's all we've got. 

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