It ranks right down there with the infamous 21-14 home loss to North Texas State on Oct. 25, 1975. There's also the identical score, 13-7, setback against Rutgers on Nov. 3, 1979, and a 25-24 loss to Duke to open the 1982 campaign that deserve consideration.
Almost identical to losses against Florida, Auburn, Alabama and South Carolina in which the Vols played good defense but the offense only scored one touchdown. it did however give up an interception that was returned for a touchdown and another that put the Cowboys in business at the UT 4.
The Vols finally got into the end zone in the third quarter and had their chances to win it in the fourth but came up short time after time.
So instead of getting a win to boost team morale going into a long awaited bye week that could have launched a late winning streak to extend the season, the Vols know there will be no post season for the the second time in four seasons in will go down as the most losses in a single season in program history.
Or at least we hope.
In the name of full disclosure we offer the grades for Saturday's contest with brief comments.
LINEBACKERS (7.7) A good day for unit that rallied to the ball and kept good angles of pursuit. DEFENSIVE LINE (7.6) A big day for Demonte Bolden (7 stops) but the Vols failed to pressure the passer and had didn't maintain their run gaps.
DEFENSIVE BACKS (7.5) This is lower than the DBs usual score due to some sloppy tackling.
WIDE RECEIVERS (6.3) Gerald Jones scored UT's only score but wideouts fail to come up with the tough catch and nobody compiled more than 37 yards.
OFFENSIVE LINE (6.2) Far from dominating against an undersized defense. Again allowed rushers and blitzers clear paths to the QBs.
OVERALL (68) Vols defense wasn't bad but the offense can't get worse.