History Favors Fulmer

With Tennessee coming off a 34-10 pasting by Auburn, Vol fans seeking a glimmer of hope heading into Saturday's game at No. 3 Georgia might want to consider this: Phil Fulmer is a master of bounce-back football. He almost never loses two games in a row.

Tennessee's head man has a regular-season record of 18-4 when his team lost the preceding game. Counting a 5-1 mark in season openers following bowl losses the previous season, Fulmer's post-loss record is 23-5. Given the time lapse between a bowl game and the following season's opener, however, it seems silly to attach much significance to those games. That said, here's a look at how Fulmer fared following his 22 regular-season losses: 1993: Lost 41-34 at Florida, then beat LSU 42-20

1994: Lost 25-23 at UCLA, then won 41-23 at Georgia

1994: Lost 31-0 to Florida, then lost 24-21 at Mississippi State

1994: Lost 24-21 at Mississippi State, then beat Washington State 10-9

1994: Lost 17-13 to Alabama, then won 31-22 at South Carolina

1995: Lost 62-37 at Florida, then beat Mississippi State 52-14

1996: Lost 35-29 to Florida, then beat Ole Miss 41-3

1996: Lost 21-17 at Memphis, then beat Arkansas 55-14

1997: Lost 33-20 at Florida, then beat Ole Miss 31-17

1998: No losses

1999: Lost 23-21 at Florida, then beat Memphis 17-16

1999: Lost 28-24 at Arkansas, then beat Kentucky 56-21

2000: Lost 27-23 to Florida, then beat Louisiana-Monroe 70-3

2000: Lost 38-31 at LSU, then lost 21-10 at Georgia

2000: Lost 21-10 at Georgia, then beat Alabama 20-10

2001: Lost 26-24 to Georgia, then won 35-24 at Alabama

2001: Lost 31-20 to LSU in SEC title game, then beat Michigan 45-17 in the Citrus Bowl

2002: Lost 30-13 to Florida, then beat Rutgers 35-14

2002: Lost 18-13 at Georgia, then lost 34-14 to Alabama

2002: Lost 34-14 to Alabama, then won 18-10 at South Carolina

2002: Lost 26-3 to Miami, then won 35-17 at Mississippi State

2003: Lost 28-21 at Auburn, then lost 41-14 to Georgia

2003: Lost 41-14 to Georgia, then won 51-43 at Alabama


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