After losing its opener to Louisville by a 40-24 score, Kentucky held its next nine foes below 30 points in regulation -- something which hadn't happened at UK since 1988-89. The streak finally was broken in last Saturday's 30-10 loss at high-scoring Georgia, a team which hung 41 points on Tennessee a month earlier.
''Kentucky has improved tremendously from the beginning of the year on defense,'' said Tennessee head coach Phillip Fulmer, whose team visits the Big Blue Saturday for a 12:30 kickoff. ''You can see them growing and getting better.''
The Wildcats are 4-7 overall and 1-6 in SEC play but they are a few plays from being 6-5 and 3-4.
''They really should've beaten Florida,'' Fulmer said, referring to a game in which Kentucky led until the Gators returned an interception for a touchdown in the final minute. ''And the Arkansas game was a seven-overtime game (that could've gone either way).
''They played Georgia very tough until late in the ballgame.''