After going winless in the SEC in 2017, the Vols earned their second conference win on the season with a 24-7 victory over rival Kentucky. The win moves Tennessee’s home win streak over the Wildcats to 17.
The Vols’ offense, which was abysmal the week before against Charlotte, seemed transformed. Tennessee ended the game with 416 yards of total offense, including 219 on the ground.
Tennessee’s defense continued its dominant play of late, shutting out the No. 12 Wildcats in the first half and allowing just 262 total yards for the game.
Tennessee started the scoring with a 19-yard field goal from Brett Cimaglia in the first quarter.
But the Vols’ offense took off in the second quarter. First on a three yard touchdown run from Tim Jordan and later on a 39-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jarrett Guarantano to Marquez Callaway to end the half.
The Vols added a touchdown in the second half, a two yard touchdown pass from Guarantano to Dominick Wood-Anderson.
Defensively, Tennessee shutout out Kentucky in the first half with under 100 yards of total offense going into the locker room at halftime. Kentucky got on the board in the third quarter, but Tennessee’s D shutout the Wildcats to close out the game, forcing three straight turnovers.
Tennessee will now go into the final two weeks of the season needing just one win over either Missouri or Vanderbilt to reach bowl eligibility.