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Tennessee beats Alabama: Celebratory cigars and a party 16 years in the making

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The cigars were everywhere in Knoxville on Saturday morning.

Problem is, the University of Tennessee is a tobacco-free campus. It has been for decades. So, a not-small percentage of the hundreds of thousands of college football fans who poured into East Tennessee for the afternoon's matchup between No. 3 Alabama and No. 6 Tennessee had their stogies stuffed into secret locations. In their back pockets, behind secret zippers sewn into the lining of purses, even stuffed into Mission Impossible-like compartments of ballcaps.

It was a lot of trouble. But at the end of the most glorious football night seen by this town in a generation, you know what?