How Tennessee beat Kentucky: Quarter by quarter

Herald-Leader Staff ReportNovember 24, 2012 

Breaking down Kentucky's 37-17 loss to Tennessee, quarter by quarter:

FIRST QUARTER

Summary: Tennessee took the opening kickoff and made it look easy, marching 80 yards in eight plays to a 21-yard TD pass by Tyler Bray, who was headed to a big day. Jalen Whitlow and UK answered, driving 75 yards for a score. Whitlow was sharp — the key play a 29-yard pass to Jonathan George. A failed onside kick set up a 38-yard drive for UT's second TD.

Thumbs up: Whitlow continued to show promise.

Thumbs down: Tennessee sliced up the UK defense. Only a penalty kept it from scoring 21.

SECOND QUARTER

Summary: UT made it 20-7 when Bray hit Justin Hunter for 42 yards. George finished a nice UK drive, bursting up the middle for a 45-yard, career-long score. Patrick Towles took UK on a long drive that died on fourth down at the UT 39. Whitlow came back in, but Craig McIntosh missed a 36-yard field goal to end the half.

Thumbs up: George had a solid, if not outstanding, junior season.

Thumbs down: It was fourth-and-inches and UK ran away from All-SEC lineman Larry Warford.

THIRD QUARTER

Summary: An 18-yard completion from Whitlow to Tyler Robinson and a fourth-down penalty against UT helped UK reach the 4. A penalty and sack forced UK to settle for a 29-yard McIntosh field goal to make it 20-17. UT reversed momentum, taking just more than two minutes to go 61 yards and it was 27-17. Bray then threw his fourth TD pass, and the Vols moved ahead 34-17.

Thumbs up: Punter Landon Foster had his fourth punt of more than 50 yards in the game.

Thumbs down: UK blew too many scoring chances.

FOURTH QUARTER

Summary: With Towles banged up, Whitlow played the entire second half. He showed flashes and led UK on a long drive that again died on fourth-and-short. The final quarter for Joker Phillips was somewhat symbolic of his head coaching stint at UK. His team showed no quit and kept battling, but it did not get enough done.

Thumbs up: The 2012 football season ended.

Thumbs down: The 2012 football season.

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