Cat Walk: No. 11 Kentucky’s ready to take on Tennessee in Knoxville
Looking for its first win in Knoxville since 1984, Kentucky football takes on the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. on the SEC Network.
Final: Tennessee 24, Kentucky 7
The Vols have now won 17 straight over Kentucky in Knoxville.
Kentucky misses chances
UK recovered a Tennessee fumble, then fumbled the ball right back to the Vols. UK recovered another fumble, then threw an interception. Under five minutes left and Tennessee leads 24-7.
Chance Poore’s 30-yard field goal blocked
Kentucky drove from its own 29 to the Tennessee 12, but Terry Wilson’s third-and-five pass to Tavin Richardson was late and broken up. Chance Poore came on to attempt a 30-yard field goal but the kick was blocked by the Vols. Story of Kentucky’s day/night. Clock is ticking. There’s 11:58 left. Total yards: Tennessee 342, Kentucky 212.
End of 3Q: Tennessee 24, Kentucky 7
Kentucky finally gets on the scoreboard
Wilson directs a five-play, 60-yard drive to cut Tennessee’s lead to 24-7 with 1:56 left in the third quarter. Wilson hit Tavin Richardson for 20 yards on a third-and-one, then found tight end C.J. Conrad in right corner of end zone for a 19-yard score. It was a nice catch by Conrad, who was well-covered on the play. Mark Stoops opts not to go for two points. UK kicks the extra point and now trails by 17.
Blowout brewing as Tennessee leads 24-0
The Vols’ got a 59-yard run from wide receiver Jordan Murphy that gave the home team a first down at 16. Guarantano finished the drive with a two-yard TD pass to a wide open Dominick Wood-Anderson with 7:49 left in the third quarter to extend Vols’ lead to 24-zip.
Tennessee scores on final play of first half for 17-0 halftime lead
A 39-yard TD pass from Guarantano to Marquez Callaway on the final play of the first half extends UT’s lead to 17-0 at the half. Callaway made the catch in traffic in the end zone. UK was outgained 241-68 in the first half.
Tennessee extends lead to 10-0
Taking over on their own 19, the Vols got a 29-yard run by Ty Chandler to open the drive. Four snaps later, Guarantano hit Tim Jordan in the middle of the field with a 34-yard pass. That set up Jordan’s three-yard touchdown run with 2:05 left in the first half.
Chance Poore misses 51-yard field goal
Kentucky had a nice drive going until Terry Wilson fumbled a gun snap at the Vols’ 34-yard line. The Kentucky quarterback did fall on the loose ball. But that stalled the march and true freshman Chance Poore missed a 51-yard field goal wide right. Tennessee still leads 3-0 with 12:49 left in second quarter.
End of first quarter: Tennessee 3, Kentucky 0
Tennessee takes 3-0 lead in first quarter
The Vols strike first on a field goal set up by a 38-yard pass from quarterback Jarett Guarantano to wide receiver Jordan Murphy. That gave the Vols a first down at the UK 19. Tennessee had a first-and-goal at the UK eight, but the Cats were able to hold. Brent Cimaglia came on to kick a 19-yard field goal with 5:19 left.
Notes: Kash Daniel was injured on a rushing play during Tennessee’s scoring drive.