A Quarterly Breakdown of UT''s Win

Here's a quarter-by-quarter look at Saturday's Tennessee-Kentucky football game at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington.


RECAP: After each team had a drive stall, Kentucky marched 66 yards in 14 plays on its second possession to grab a 7-0 lead. The Cats picked up crucial first downs on a third-and-three end around by Chris Bernard that gained eight yards and a third-and-four option pitch from Jared Lorenzen to Draak Davis that gained six to the Vol 19-yard line. An 11-yard pass from Lorenzen to tight end Jeremiah Drobney moved the ball to the 8, and Arlis Beach took it from there, getting the TD on a one-yard second-effort surge.

KEY PLAY: The third-and-four option pitch to Davis. With the lefthanded, 300-pound Lorenzen at quarterback, the option to the right was the last thing UT defenders would've expected. That's probably why the pitch to Davis worked for a six-yard gain and a crucial first down.

KEY PLAYER: Drobney caught two passes on the TD drive, a 10-yarder to open it and an 11-yarder that moved the ball inside Tennessee's 10-yard line.

KEY STAT: Kentucky kept the ball long enough to run 21 plays and gain 85 yards. Tennessee ran a mere eight plays and gained just 24 yards in the quarter.


RECAP: Kentucky moved to the Vol 17-yard line but Antwan Stewart intercepted a Lorenzen pass at the 1-yard line and returned five yards to the 6. Bad field position hurt UT much of the quarter as the Vols started drives at their 6, their 18 and their 26. They finally scored on their last possession of the half, getting a 33-yard field goal by James Wilhoit, who has now hit 11 of his last 12 attempts.

KEY PLAY: (Four-way tie) Play 1: Stewart's interception prevented at least a field goal and probably a touchdown. Play 2: On fourth-and-three at the Kentucky 35-yard line, Tennessee disdained a 52-yard field goal try. Instead, James Banks ran a crossing route and made a spectacular catch of a high throw from Clausen for a 20-yard gain. Tennessee kicked its field goal three plays later. Play 3: On second and three at the Kentucky 8-yard line, Jabari Davis tripped over his own feet and fell behind the line of scrimmage. Instead of a possible touchdown run, Tennessee lost two yards. Play 4: On third-and-10 at the UK 15-yard line, C.J. Fayton dropped a pass at the 5-yard line that definitely would've produced a first down and possibly a touchdown. UT kicked its field goal on the next play.

KEY PLAYER: Clausen was 2 of 4 for 30 yards on Tennessee's scoring drive but, as noted earlier, had a potential 15-yard TD pass dropped. Clausen's poise and persistence finally got the Vols on the scoreboard.

KEY STAT: Tennessee converted just one of six third-down tries in the first half and gained a mere 109 yards of total offense (43 yards on 4 of 12 passing and 66 yards on 14 rushes). Interestingly, UK ran five rushing plays in the second quarter and gained a net of zero yards.


RECAP: Tennessee took the second-half kickoff and promptly drove 65 yards in four plays to grab a 10-7 lead. After a pass interference penalty on Kentucky, UT got a 27-yard run by Cedric Houston to the UK 18-yard line. Clausen then hit Mark Jones with a pefectly thrown 18-yard TD strike. Kentucky's Greg Davis returned the ensuing kickoff 41 yards to midfield and would've scored except for a touchdown-saving tackle by kickoff man James Wilhoit. UT's defense held, however. Moments later, Jason Mitchell forced a fumble by UK punt returner Tommy Cook, and Robet Peace recovered at the Wildcat 40-yard line. Tennessee eventually moved to the 23-yard line but disdained a 40-yard field goal try on fourth-and-six. Clausen couldn't connect with Troy Fleming and UK took over on downs.

KEY PLAY: Clausen, rolling to his right to escape the pass rush, threw a strike to Jones in the back of the end zone for the go-ahead score.

KEY PLAYER: Houston. In addition to his 27-yard burst, he had a 14-yard scamper. Question: Why does a guy who rushes twice for 41 yards get just two carries all quarter?

KEY STAT: Perhaps reflecting the windy conditions and the fact his top two receivers (Derek Abney, Tommy Cook) were injured, Jared Lorenzen completed just 3 of 9 pass attempts in the quarter. Clausen was equally ineffective, going 3 for 10.


RECAP: After a short punt by Kentucky, Tennessee drove from the UK 41 to the 30, at which point Wilhoit nailed a 47-yard field goal that padded the lead to 13-7. Jabari Greer threw Keenan Burton for a five-yard loss on a third-and-six screen pass to stop Kentucky's next possession. Tennessee got the ball back with around 9:00 remaining, and ate up 7:28 of clock while driving 66 yards to the clinching TD. Cedric Houston got the score with a nine-yard run on third-and-four, widening the score to 20-7 and sealing the deal.

KEY PLAY: (TIE) 1. On third-and-17 at the Kentucky 37-yard line, Clausen hit Banks for a seven-yard gain that got Tennessee back in field goal range. Wilhoit then nailed his second field goal of the game and 12th in the last 13 tries. 2. Houston's TD run. He broke three tackles on the play and put the game out of reach.

KEY PLAYER: Houston. He carried six times in succession to conclude the scoring drive and gained the final 32 yards.

KEY STAT: Kentucky managed just two first downs in the first 28 1/2 minutes of the second half. With UT playing prevent defense, the Wildcats picked up two more in the final 1:27.

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