Aside from pride, there wasn’t much on the line for either Kentucky or Tennessee today. Both teams headed into the matchup winless in SEC play. Both teams fired their coaches after blowouts to Vanderbilt. Both teams are in desperate need of restructuring. Still, someone had to win.
Tennessee opened up the game as a 13 point favorite but didn’t run away early. The Cats kept the score within arm’s length throughout much of the first half. They put together several decent drives but just couldn’t capitalize on them. It seemed like the game would swing in Kentucky’s favor in the second quarter when Jonathan George broke off a 45 yard TD run. Their defense could do no wrong as they held the Vols scoreless the rest of the quarter butmissed a field goal with just seconds left before halftime, taking both teams to the locker rooms with Tennessee leading 20-14.
The second half was not kind to the Cats. It was bitterly reminiscent of earlier in the season when UK had been dominating the #12 South Carolina Gamecocks and then came out to get smeared in the final 30 minutes. Tennessee blanked Kentucky’s offense the rest of the game and put up another 17 points of their own, bringing the final score to 37-17.
It definitely would have been nice to see Joker leave with a final W under his belt, it would have been even nicer to go on a two-game streak against UT, but sometimes the chipsdon’t always fall the way you want.