UT fans hold bonfire, smash car for charity before Vandy

On Saturday, the Vols will be looking to keep their bowl game hopes alive when they take on the Vanderbilt Commodores at Neyland Stadium.

Friday night students even got ready for the game by making a bonfire in the middle of campus. According to members of UT Student Government Association, it was the first formal bonfire ever held on campus for a game.

"We want students involved and we want students to be excited to be a Tennessee Vol," UT senior Grant Davis said.

UT Head Football Coach Butch Jones also joined the event. He thanked students for their support.

"You're the best student body in the country and I truly mean that," he said.

They weren't the only ones getting ready for Commodores either. In the Old City, Pat Summitt's Alzheimer's Foundation got in the spirit too. For a $20 donation, willing participants got the chance to take a sledgehammer to a car painted in Vanderbilt colors.

Last year, the Vols lost to Vanderbilt by almost 20 points. Few fans have forgotten that loss, which preceded the firing of Derek Dooley.

But, Saturday's game is about a lot more than revenge. The Vols have to win out the rest of the regular season to make a bowl game.


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