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‘You learn lessons any game whether you win or lose.’

Darrell Taylor, UT linebacker



UK 0 0 7 0 —7
Vols 3 14 7 0 — 24

UT 5:09 — Brent Cimaglia 19 FG
8 plays, 55 yds, 3:25 CORNER
For the second drive to start the game, Tennessee threw
a deep pass down the right sideline on the first play.
The first one led to a pass interference call. On this ROEPKEN
drive, Jordan Murphy caught the pass for a 38-yard
gain that set up the Vols on the 19-yard line. Three
runs later, Tennessee had a first down on the 8. Jarrett
Guarantano completed a pass to Eli Wolf on third-and-
goal, but he was down short of the goal line. | UT, 3-0
Flair might
spark UT to
UT 2:05 — Tim Jordan 3 run (Cimaglia kick)
6 plays, 81 yds, 2:48
bowl game
After throwing deep passes on the first play of their first
four drives, the Vols finally called a running play on this
one, and Ty Chander gained 29 yds. A sharp pass from
Guarantano to Jauan Jennings on a short crossing route
gained 11 yds. Two plays later, Guarantano found Jordan
T ennessee quarter-
back Jarrett Guar-
antano brushed off
imaginary dirt after tak-
ing a big hit. Tight end
running alone down the middle of the field, and they Dominick Wood-Ander-
connected for a 34-yard gain. Jordan scored on the next son celebrated a touch-
play. | UT, 10-0 down with a jump shot
because he had scored
UT :00 — Marquez Callaway 39 pass from Jarrett against a school known
Guarantano (Cimaglia kick) for basketball.
5 plays, 72 yds, 1:00 Even punter Joe Doyle
Tennessee was set to run out the final seconds of the brought a little flair. When
half when Ty Chandler ran for 14 yds on 3rd-and-8 from a teammate caught one of
the 30. With 13 seconds left, the Vols decided to try to his punts on the 3-yard line,
score after all. Guarantano found Callaway on the left Doyle swung an imaginary
sideline for a gain of 17 yds to give himself a realistic pitching wedge at midfield.
chance of throwing into the end zone. Guarantano Based on the way he
eluded the reach of a pass rusher and stepped up into admonished him after the
the pocket before throwing tot he back of the end zone. TOM SHERLIN | THE DAILY TIMES fact, Jeremy Pruitt didn’t
Callaway jumped over everybody to catch it. | UT, 17-0 TENNESSEE’S MARQUEZ CALLOWAY BREAKS into the open, running back a punt against Kentucky seem to like what Doyle
on Saturday in Knoxville. did, but even the first-year
coach who is desperately

A growing team
trying to instill discipline
wasn’t going to keep these
Vols from having the time
of their lives.
Through nine games,
it seemed like Tennessee
was simply trying to hang

Previous failure sparks UT defense

on long enough to scrape
together two victories so
they could become bowl
eligible. That changed on
BY COREY ROEPKEN Saturday. It didn’t matter that the
statistics, rankings and cur-
KNOXVILLE — Not rent states of each team were
long after the team’s last against Tennessee. The Vols
loss, Tennessee’s defen- were confident, and they
sive players gathered believed in the game plan.
together and drew a line The same thing happened
in the sand. when they beat Auburn on
Stay where you are if the road. These Vols have
you’re out. Walk over here been knocked down too
if you’re in. many times for their lik-
Based on the Vols’ per- ing this season, but they’ve
formances since then, it’s proven several times that
safe to assume where all they are on the right track.
of them stand. “For us, it was about start-
TOM SHERLIN | THE DAILY TIMES Their latest outing was ing fast, coming out strong
TENNESSEE CORNERBACK CHRIS WESTRY makes a tackle on their best yet as they and staying strong through-
Kentucky running back Lynn Bowden Jr. at the line. limited Kentucky, one of out the whole game,” Wood-
the nation’s best rushing TENNESSEE’S CHANDLER BREAKS FREE of the Kentucky defense Anderson said. “It’s all men-
teams, to one of its worse Saturday and runs downfield looking for blockers. tal for us. When we come
THIRD QUARTER performances. The Wild- out on our ‘A’ game we’re
cats ran for 77 yards on 35 made seven tackles. Less- recovered it. pretty good.”
UT 7:49 — Dominick Wood-Anderson 2 pass from attempts on Saturday at er-used defensive back Taylor had another sack The play on which Guaran-
Guarantano (Cimaglia kick) Neyland Stadium. They Marquill Osborne had two on Kentucky’s next pos- tano had his fun was pretty
8 plays, 85 yds, 4:14 averaged 199.6 yards in interceptions. session, which ended with good, too. He stood in the
A 13-yard run by Ty Chandler on 2nd-and-17 put the their first nine games. All of that success came Osborne’s first intercep- pocket and got hit by nasty
Vols in a manageable situation to pick up their first That’s a stark contrast from Tennessee’s empha- tion. Kentucky linebacker Josh
first down of the possession. They did that on a 4-yard to the failure the Vols suf- sis on slowing down Ken- “I thought twice, or may- Allen just as he let go of a
pass from Guarantano to Wood-Anderson. On the next fered against South Car- tucky’s running game. By be three times, defensive- seam pass to Tim Jordan that
play, Jordan Murphy ran 59 yds to the Kentucky 25 on olina. The Gamecocks doing that, the Vols forced ly we kind of put the fire gained 34 yards and set up
a reverse, which placed Tennessee in position to put a scored 24 points on their Kentucky to throw more out,” Pruitt said. the first touchdown.
stranglehold on the game. | UT, 24-0 last four drives and won passes. Once the Wildcats “Kentucky had really Guarantano popped up,
that game by three points. start doing that, they get good field position. They brushed off imaginary dirt
UK 1:56 — C.J. Conrad 19 pass from Terry Wilson In the 24 drives over two out of their game plan, moved the ball down and and said to Allen, his child-
(Chance Poore kick) games since then, Tennes- and they’re not comfort- our guys got some turn- hood friend, “There’s no hit
5 plays, 60 yds, 2:04 see has given up 10 points. able. overs. So that was a real- that is going to take me out.”
Kentucky had gained 93 yds before gaining 60 on this “The South Carolina “We kept them from ly big difference in the Tennessee has allowed
drive. The Wildcats began with good field position game, it was a bad one for creating a lot of explo- game.” Guarantano to speak with
on their own 40-yard line. An offside penalty on us,” Tennessee linebacker sive plays,” coach Jeremy The biggest difference the media two times this sea-
Tennessee’s Paul Bain gave Kentucky a first down in Darrell Taylor said. “We Pruitt said. “We kind of in the rest of the season son — once after the win
Vols territory, but the Wildcats really made up ground on made sure we put our made then one-dimen- may be that the light has over Auburn and again on
the final two plays of the drive. A 20-yard pass to Tavin foot down. The last two turned on for Tennes- Saturday.
Richardson preceded the touchdown pass to Conrad. | weeks we said we weren’t see’s defense. Shutting The Vols have gained con-
UT, 24-7 going to let that happen ‘We kept them down Conference USA fidence as the season has
again. We needed to step foe Charlotte was one progressed. They’re getting
up more. from creating a thing. Shutting down the used to Pruitt’s coaching
TEAM STATISTICS “The offense was doing No. 11-ranked team in the style and new offensive and
Stat UK Vols its thing in the South Car- lot of explosive country carries more sig- defensive systems. Some of
First Downs 19 16 olina game. We didn’t nificance. them are learning new posi-
Rush-Yds 35-77 40-215 hold up our end of the bar- plays.’ No team wants to lose, tions. Now that they seem to
Passing 185 197 gain. We got in the room but it appears the Vols be getting the hang of every-
Cmp-Att-Int 23-38-2 12-20-0 together as a defense, Jeremy Pruitt took something tangible thing, a little swagger from
Total Plays-Total Yards 73-262 60-412 and we said we need to UT coach from the loss to South Guarantano may put them
Turnovers 3 2 get this corrected. That’s Carolina that should over the top.
what we did.” sional. It’s a lot easier to help them next week “I feel like the guys look for
Taylor was as big a guard the pass if you make against Missouri and in it,” Guarantano said. “They
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS part of Saturday’s domi- them one-dimensional.” the regular season finale always tell me during the
RUSHING nance as anyone. He had The game seemed to be at Vanderbilt. week they need that from
UK: Benny Snell 20-81, Asim Rose 2-9, Lynn Bowden Jr. a career-high four sacks well in hand when the “You learn lessons any me. Whatever they need, I’m
2-1, Terry Wilson 10-(-6) among seven tackles. He fourth quarter began with game whether you win going to give to them. There
VOLS: Ty Chandler 16-89, Tim Jordan 15-63, Jordan also had a forced fumble Tennessee ahead, 24-7, but or lose,” Taylor said. “We were some funny ones out
Murphy 1-59, Carlin Fils-aime 2-5 and a fumble recovery. the Vols made some plays learned the lesson against there today.”
PASSING His four sacks were half a to provide an exclama- South Carolina that when If the Vols can bottle up
UK: Terry Wilson 21-34-1, 172; Gunnar Hoak 2-4-1, 13 sack off the school record. tion point. you get up you can’t relax. what they had on Saturday
VOLS: Jarrett Guarantano 12-20-0, 197 He was far from the First, Shy Tuttle blocked Coach Rocky (defensive and use it in their next two
RECEIVING only contributor. Dan- a field goal that could line coach Tracy Rock- games, they may be laughing
UK: Lynn Bowden Jr. 6-57, Benny Snell 6-25, Tavin iel Bituli had 2.5 tackles have gotten Kentucky er) always stresses, ‘Don’t all the way to a bowl game.
Richardson 4-37, David Bouvier 3-19 for loss among his team- within 14 points. On the relax. Keep pounding.
VOLS: Dominick Wood-Anderson 4-18, Marquez Callaway leading eight tackles. In next drive, Taylor sacked Keep chopping. You make FOLLOW @RIPSPORTS on Twit-
2-56, Tim Jordan 2-41, Jordan Murphy 1-38 his return from an ankle Kentucky’s Terry Wil- sure you’re taking care of ter to get more from sports edi-
injury, Micah Abernathy son, forced a fumble and your business.’” tor Corey Roepken.