NCAAF Game Recap - Kentucky at Tennessee
Sat Nov 10, 2018 3:30 PM EST

MisSt
0
Ala
24
F
Clem
27
BC
7
F
FlaSt
13
ND
42
F
Mich
42
Rut
7
F
Aub
10
UGA
27
F
OkSt
47
Okla
48
F
TCU
10
WVU
47
F
OHSt
26
MSU
6
F
LSU
24
Ark
17
F
WaSt
31
Colo
7
F
Navy
24
UCF
35
F
KY
7
Tenn
24
F
Lou
23
Syr
54
F
SJSU
24
UtSt
62
F
Tex
41
TxTch
34
F
Fres
17
Boise
24
F
SCar
31
Fla
35
F
Wisc
10
PSU
22
F
Wake
27
NCSt
23
F
Bayl
14
IASt
28
F
SoFL
23
Cin
35
F
Kent
14
Buff
48
F
Ohio
28
MiaOH
30
F
Toled
15
NIU
38
F
Miss
24
TxAM
38
F
Ill
35
Neb
54
F
Vand
28
Mizzu
33
F
Tuls
21
Mem
47
F
Kans
17
K St
21
F
BYU
35
UMass
16
F
MD
32
Ind
34
F
Akr
7
E Mi
27
F
SMU
62
UConn
50
F
Lafay
13
Army
31
F
UNC
35
Duke
42
F
Troy
35
GaSo
21
F
UCLA
28
AzSt
31
F
Char
13
Marsh
30
F
MidTN
48
UTEP
32
F
Lib
24
UVA
45
F
BGSU
24
C Mi
13
F
NM
24
AF
42
F
Purd
10
Minn
41
F
NW
14
Iowa
10
F
VaTec
22
Pitt
52
F
NorTx
31
OD
34
F
App
38
TxSt
7
F
ECU
18
Tul
24
F
ULMon
38
SoAl
10
F
GASt
22
ULLaf
36
F
ArkSt
44
CoCar
16
F
W Ky
15
FlAtl
34
F
Oreg
25
Utah
32
F
FLInt
45
UTSA
7
F
Rice
13
LaTec
28
F
Temp
59
Hou
49
F
MiaFL
21
GATec
27
F
SMiss
23
UAB
26
F OT
OreSt
17
Stan
48
F
UNLV
27
SDSU
24
F
ColSt
10
Nev
49
F
Cal
15
USC
14
F

Nov 10, 2018, 3:30 PM EST

Final

1

2

3

4

T

(12) Kentucky (7-3)

0

0

7

0

7

Tennessee (5-5)

3

14

7

0

24

Vols continue home mastery of No. 12 Kentucky with 24-7 win
Sat Nov 10, 2018 8:48 PM

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee spoiled this Kentucky team's streak-busting reputation and maintained its home domination of the rivalry.

Jarrett Guarantano threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to Marquez Callaway on the final play of the first half and Darrell Taylor recorded four sacks as Tennessee trounced No. 12 Kentucky 24-7 on Saturday. Tennessee has won its last 17 home games against Kentucky, which hasn't beaten the Volunteers at Neyland Stadium since 1984.

"I think the whole team felt very confident going into this game," Guarantano said. "I know we were struggling last week (a 14-3 victory over Charlotte), but this week was different."

Tennessee (5-5, 2-4 SEC) has reason to feel confident whenever it hosts Kentucky (7-3, 5-3, No. 11 College Football Playoff).

Kentucky had ended one long run of futility earlier this season when it won 27-16 at Florida to snap a 31-game skid in that series. But the Wildcats couldn't reverse their history of frustration in Knoxville.

"I didn't know nothing about the streak until yesterday," Kentucky defensive end/outside linebacker Josh Allen said. "I wasn't worried about no streak. I was worried about getting our next win and just go from there."

Tennessee broke the game open by scoring two touchdowns in the last three minutes of the second quarter.

After Tim Jordan's 3-yard TD run gave Tennessee a 10-0 lead with 2:56 left before halftime, the Vols forced a punt and got the ball back at their own 28-yard line with a minute remaining.

Tennessee initially appeared intent on running out the clock, but the Vols called a timeout after Ty Chandler's 14-yard carry with 13 seconds left. Guarantano threw a 17-yard completion to Callaway that put Tennessee on Kentucky's 39 with 6 seconds remaining.

Rather than trying a short, quick pass to set up a long field-goal attempt, Guarantano threw deep. Callaway was at the front of a crowd in the right side of the end zone when he snared the ball to give Tennessee a 17-0 halftime advantage.

"We were a little bit out of field-goal range, so we took a shot in the end zone," Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt said. "I thought Jarrett did a good job evading a little bit of rush there, stepped up in the pocket and made a good throw to give us a chance, and Marquez went up and got it."

Guarantano went 12 of 20 for 197 yards, including a 2-yard touchdown pass to Dominick Wood-Anderson that extended Tennessee's advantage to 24-0 in the third quarter. That lead proved insurmountable against a dispirited Kentucky squad.

Kentucky's hopes for its first SEC championship game appearance had disappeared with a 34-17 loss to No. 5 Georgia (No. 5 CFP) last week, but the Wildcats still were in position for a potential New Year's Six bowl appearance if they had won their final three-regular season games.

The Wildcats now likely must settle for a less prestigious bowl. Tennessee is one victory away from bowl eligibility after going winless in SEC competition last year.

"I thought we were very prepared going into the game, but it showed on the field that we weren't," Kentucky tight end C.J. Conrad said. "They were more hungry than us tonight for whatever reason."

Kentucky's only points came on Terry Wilson's 19-yard touchdown pass to Conrad with 1:56 left in the third quarter.

TAKEAWAYS

Kentucky: The Wildcats have relied on Benny Snell Jr.'s running ability and their defense's tenacity all year, but it appears both are wearing down late in the season. Snell, who entered Saturday as the SEC rushing leader, ran for 81 yards on 20 carries but was held below 100 yards rushing for a third straight game. He also had six catches for 25 yards. Kentucky headed into the Georgia game having not allowed any opponents to exceed 20 points all season. Now the Wildcats have given up at least 24 points in back-to-back weeks.

Tennessee: The return of safety Micah Abernathy and Chandler made a difference. Abernathy was back after missing four games with an ankle injury and had seven tackles. Nagging injuries limited Chandler to two carries last week, but he ran 16 times for 89 yards Saturday. After running for just 20 yards on 26 carries against Charlotte, Tennessee rushed 40 times for 215 yards against Kentucky.

OFFICIAL'S INJURY

Chris Snead, a center judge on the officiating crew, was helped off the field and taken to an ambulance during the third quarter. SEC officials said after the game that Snead was taken to a hospital for evaluation.

PENALIZING EVERYONE

A skirmish in the end zone after Jordan's touchdown resulted in unsportsmanlike conduct penalties for every player on both teams. This marked the second straight season that a Tennessee-Kentucky game included an incident that resulted in penalties for every player on the field.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Kentucky should fall out of the top 15 and could sink as far as the 20s, though it likely will stay in the Top 25.

KEY STATS

All seven of Taylor's sacks this season have come in two games. He had four sacks Saturday and had three in a 38-12 loss to Georgia on Sept. 29. ... Guarantano has thrown 146 consecutive passes without an interception. That breaks a school record formerly held by Casey Clausen, who threw 143 straight passes without getting picked off in 2003.

UP NEXT

Kentucky hosts Middle Tennessee.

Tennessee hosts Missouri.

---

More AP college football: https://apnews.com/tag/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP-Top25

---

Follow Steve Megargee at https://twitter.com/stevemegargee

Passing

KY Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
T. Wilson 34 21 61.8 1 172 20 1 72.2
G. Hoak 4 2 50.0 0 13 8 1 17.7
Tenn Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
J. Guarantano 20 12 60.0 2 197 39 0 126.5

Rushing

KY Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
B. Snell 20 81 4.0 19 0
A. Rose 2 9 4.5 5 0
Tenn Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
T. Chandler 16 89 5.6 29 0
T. Jordan 15 63 4.2 22 1

Receiving

KY Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
L. Bowden 6 57 9.5 16 0
C. Conrad 2 39 19.5 20 1
Tenn Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
M. Callaway 2 56 28.0 39 1
T. Jordan 2 41 20.5 34 0

Fumbles

KY F FL
T. Wilson 1 1
Tenn F FL
T. Chandler 1 1

Returning

KY KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
L. Bowden 2 22.5 0 25 1 15.0 0 15
Tenn KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
M. Callaway 0 - 0 0 1 18.0 0 18
J. Peterson 1 7.0 0 7 0 - 0 0

Punting

KY Punt Yds Avg LgPu
M. Duffy 7 322 46.0 56
Tenn Punt Yds Avg LgPu
J. Doyle 7 269 38.4 52

Takeaways

KY Int Yds InTD
C. Oats 0 0 0
Tenn Int Yds InTD
M. Osborne 2 13 0
D. Taylor 0 0 0

Team Stats Comparison

KY Tenn
Points For 7 24
Total Yards 262 412
Rushing Yards 77 215
Passing Yards 185 197
Passing Completions / Attempts 23/38 12/20
Turnovers 3 2
Interceptions Thrown 2 0
Fumbles - Lost 1/1 2/2
First Downs 19 16
Penalties - Yards 3/20 4/30
Time Of Possession 50:50 10:10
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 6/17 4/12
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 1/1 0/0
Punts - Average Yards 7/46 7/38

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter KY Tenn
Tenn 9:51 FG Brent Cimaglia 19 yd FG 0 3
2nd Quarter KY Tenn
Tenn 12:55 TD Tim Jordan 3 yd run (Brent Cimaglia kick) 0 10
Tenn 15:00 TD Marquez Callaway 39 yd pass from Jarrett Guarantano (Brent Cimaglia kick) 0 17
3rd Quarter KY Tenn
Tenn 7:11 TD Dominick Wood-Anderson 2 yd pass from Jarrett Guarantano (Brent Cimaglia kick) 0 24
KY 13:04 TD C.J. Conrad 19 yd pass from Terry Wilson (Chance Poore kick) 7 24
4th Quarter KY Tenn
No scores this quarter

Game Information

Stadium: Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, Tennessee
Attendance: 95,258
Game Time:
Weather: