Quarterly Report

What follows is a quarter-by-quarter recap of Tennessee's 28-10 defeat of Kentucky Saturday night at Neyland Stadium:

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The Kentucky Wildcats drove to Tennessee's 22-yard line on the opening possession but wound up punting the ball away following two killer penalties. After a three-and-out by the Vols, UK again drove to the UT 22, this time getting a 40-yard Lones Seiber field goal to take a 3-0 lead. Tennessee marched to the Kentucky 13 but Daniel Lincoln missed a 31-yard field goal.
KEY PLAY

On second-and-10 at the UT 22 on Kentucky's first possession, the Cats were flagged for ineligible-receiver and personal foul penalties, sustaining 20 yards in penalties that moved the ball back to the UT 42 and killing the drive.

KEY PLAYER

Seiber. A native of Knoxville, he provided the quarter's only scoring with his 40-yard kick.

KEY STAT

UT was scoreless in the first quarter for the 10th time this season. The Vols managed just 17 first-quarter points all year, with 14 of those coming against UAB.



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UT 0 Quarter 1 00:00 3 KY

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A 15-yard offensive interference penalty against Austin Rogers nullified a 15-yard pass play and stymied UT's first possession of the quarter. After a three-and-out on their second possession of the period, UT got the ball at the UK 35 following a short Kentucky punt. Twelve plays later Jonathan Crompton sneaked over the goal line on fourth-and-one on the final play of the first half to give the Vols a 7-3 lead.
KEY PLAY

On fourth and two at the UK 27-yard line, Crompton kept for a two-yard gain and a crucial first down on the Vols' TD drive.

KEY PLAYER

UT's Gerald Jones. He had a 7-yard run out of the G-Gun formation and caught both of the pass completions in the quarter, a 10-yarder on a screen and a three-yarder in the flat.

KEY STAT

Tennessee's defense limited Kentucky to 58 yards of total offense in the first half - 43 rushing and 15 passing.



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UT 7 Quarter 2 00:00 3 KY

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Tennessee's third play of the second half was a 63-yard touchdown strike from Crompton to Denarius Moore, widening the gap to 14-3. Kentucky advanced to the Vol 39-yard line but QB Randall Cobb was sacked on fourth and two by Nevin McKenzie. After an exchange of punts, Tennessee was driving as the quarter ended.
KEY PLAY

The Crompton-Moore hookup. It was Tennessee's longest pass play of the season. It was UT's second TD in as many possessions and it invigorated the rain-drenched crowd.

KEY PLAYER

Crompton. In addition to the 63-yard TD pass, he picked up first downs on runs of 7 and 10 yards during the quarter.

KEY STAT

Thirteen of UT's 14 plays in the period were runs. The lone pass was the TD strike to Moore.



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UT 14 Quarter 3 00:00 3 KY

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A five-yard toss sweep by Lennon Creer on the second play of the quarter capped a 10-play, 80-yard TD drive as Tennessee went up 21-3. On UT's next possession Gerald Jones broke a G-Gun keeper 55 yards only to step out of bounds at the UK 1-yard line. He atoned by scoring from the 2-yard line on third-and-goal, boosting the lead to 28-3. Kentucky went 68 yards in seven plays against Vol reserves and scored on an Alfonso Smith TD run with 3:44 left to secure the final margin.
KEY PLAY

With UK down 21-3, Smith was stopped for a two-yard loss on third-and-six at the Vol 45-yard line by Rico McCoy. The Big Blue then raised the white flag by punting the ball away with around 10 minutes left.

KEY PLAYER

Gerald Jones. His 55-yard burst and two-yard TD run made sure Phillip Fulmer's final game as Vol head man was a victory.

KEY STAT

Thirty of Tennessee's final 31 plays were runs. Once the Crompton-Moore TD bomb provided a two-score lead, the Vols did not throw again.



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UT 28 Quarter 4 00:00 10 KY

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Game #: 1155
Site: Knoxville
Date: Nov. 29
Conference: SECE
Coach Match-up:
For the Vols - Fulmer and for the Wildcats - Brooks


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