Tennessee has played on Christmas Day one time since its first season in 1891.
The lone Christmas Day matchup came in 1899 when UT played Grant University in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Tennessee won the matchup 6-0 on a field that was three inches deep in mud and in front of 2,500 spectators.
The only score of the game came during the first half when H.S. Olmstead scored a touchdown with an extra point following. In 1899, touchdowns were worth five points.
After UT fielded a team for five seasons without a head coach, J.A. Pierce became Tennessee’s first head coach in 1899. Pierce compiled a 9-4-1 record at UT during the 1899 and 1900 seasons.
The Tennessean, Dec. 26, 1899