Kentucky and Tennessee football meet on Saturday, October 28, 2017. Find the score and live updates below.
Kentucky-Tennessee football score, live updates
FINAL: Kentucky 29, Tennessee 26
8:22 4Q: Tennessee 26, Kentucky 21
Tennessee misses a field goal that would’ve put them up 29-21. Kentucky is still looking for its first score of the second half. This has been a brutal game for both sides.
13:24 4Q: Tennessee 26, Kentucky 21
Another Tennessee field goal after another Kentucky fumble. The Vols are 4 for 5 on field goals.
End 3Q: Tennesseee 23, Kentucky 21
Kentucky’s offense is doing everything it wants when it’s not fumbling. But that’s the problem: fumbles. Four of them. Garrett Johnson was the latest Cat to fumble just when it looked like Kentucky was gaining momentum. Stephen Johnson returned from the locker room and is back in at quarterback.
5:25 3Q: Tennessee 23, Kentucky 21
There has been a nightmare sequence for the Wildcats. Stephen Johnson was injured at the end of a 34-yard run and has been taken to the locker room for a shoulder injury. Backup Drew Barker fumbled on his second play since taking over. Tennessee capitalized off the sequence with a field goal.
HALFTIME: Kentucky 21, Tennessee 20
The Vols have turned into a touchdown scoring machine. Neither of these defenses can stop the run. Also, that unsportsmanlike penalty earlier in the game on both teams just cost Kentucky and Tennessee a player each for a second offense. The Cats lost reserve safety Davonte Robinson, but Tennessee lost a starting middle linebacker.
5:58 2Q: Kentucky 21, Tennessee 13
What a game for Snell. He just scored his third touchdown of the night, and we’re not even to halftime. Snell has 119 yards on 13 carries.
6:43 2Q: Kentucky 14, Tennessee 13
Lynn Bowden is now 2 for 2 passing this season for 60 yards. Tavin Richardson was on the receiving end of that 36-yard pass.
8:37 2Q: Kentucky 14, Tennessee 13
Whoever stops the run wins. No one would win if that was the case. Kentucky is averaging 9.5 yards per carry and 6.2 for Tennessee. The Vols just scored their first offensive touchdown in more than a month.
12:37 2Q: Kentucky 14, Tennessee 6
Kentucky’s stars are playing well. Snell has two rushing touchdowns and Jordan Jones has been everywhere for Kentucky’s defense. The Cats are looking like the superior team so far.
END 1Q: Kentucky 7, Tennessee 6
2:12 1Q: Kentucky 7, Tennessee 6
Yes, you’re reading this right. Tennessee was held out of the end zone again. The Vols took over in UK territory after a Sihiem King fumble but couldn’t move the ball. Not only that, but the field goal was missed to keep the lead with Kentucky.
4:34 1Q: Kentucky 7, Tennessee 6
Some invisible force is keeping Tennessee out of the end zone. The Cats haven’t been able to stop Tennessee’s run game, but Lonnie Johnson picked up a key sack to force another field goal.
7:42 1Q: Kentucky 7, Tennesse 3
John Kelly isn’t running the ball for the Vols tonight, but his backup Ty Chandler is off to a blistering start. Kentucky’s defense is struggling against a subpar offense.
10:16 1Q: Kentucky 7, Tennessee 3
Kentucky’s second drive was considerably better than its first. Snell made easy work of the Vols defense, capping off a strong drive with a 6-yard touchdown run. Center Drake Jackson went down on the touchdown run and had to be helped off.
13:26 1Q: Tennessee 3, Kentucky 0
Well, Kentucky could’ve picked a few ways to better start this one. Sophomore running back Benny Snell fumbled on the first play. Kentucky’s defense held the Vols to a field goal.
Kentucky-Tennessee football TV channel
The Kentucky-Tennessee football game will be broadcasted on the SEC Network. You can find the SEC Network on your local cable provider here.
Kentucky-Tennessee football live stream
The Kentucky-Tennessee football game will be streamed live via WatchESPN or via the WatchESPN app.
Kentucky-Tennessee football preview, keys to the game
3. Take advantage of Tennessee’s inexperience on offense
And that starts with Tennessee quarterback Jarrett Guarantano. The redshirt freshman will be sharing the Vols’ backfield with freshman running back Ty Chandler. John Kelly’s suspension is obviously a huge loss for coach Butch Jones’ squad. The best weapon on an offense that hasn’t scored in more than a month is now gone. Kentucky’s defense could be in fine shape no matter how it decides to defend. The run game is less daunting given Kelly’s absence, and UK would welcome Guarantano trying to beat the Cats with his arm. He’s averaging just 4 yards per passing attempt.
2. Reestablish the run
Kentucky’s in trouble if Benny Snell only runs for 18 yards on 7 carries like he did at Mississippi State. The Wildcats remain a run-first team, even though they’re averaging 100 fewer yards per game on the ground than last season. Snell walked out of the locker room Wednesday afternoon and told a group of reporters, “100 yards rushing.” Snell needs a game like that to get himself, the offensive line and the Kentucky run game back on track.
1. Overcome history
The Cats have beaten the Vols just once since 1984. In other words, once in the lifetime of the players who will suit up Saturday at Kroger Field. Kentucky’s players didn’t pay much attention to the Florida streak, so the program’s past pains against Tennessee probably won’t factor into the game. But in a year when both Florida and Tennessee are struggling, the program needs to prove it can beat more than just the South Carolina, Missouri and Vanderbilts of the East.
Kentucky-Tennessee news, notes
- Both teams are coming off of 45-7 losses. Kentucky was blown out by Mississippi State, and Tennessee was manhandled by Alabama. The Volunteers haven’t scored an offensive touchdown in 16 quarters.
- Tennessee’s biggest loss happened before the game even started. Kelly, the Volunteers’ star running back and best offensive player, has been suspended after being cited for marijuana possession after a traffic stop. Kelly scored 6 of Tennessee’s 16 offensive touchdowns this season. He also accounts for 70.5-percent of Tennessee’s rushing yards this season.
- Kentucky has had a huge drop-off in its rushing attack this season. After averaging 234 rushing yards per game in 2016, the Wildcats now average 135 per game — almost 100 yards fewer. However, Kentucky might have an opportunity against Tennessee. The Volunteers own the conference’s second-worst run defense, surrendering 247 rushing yards per game.
- Before the Mississippi State game, Kentucky was stingy with the ball, with a plus-8 turnover margin. However, Kentucky turned the ball over twice against the Bulldogs with no takeaways in the 45-7 loss.
- Tennessee leads the overall series against Kentucky, 79-24-9, and the Wildcats have won just one time since 1985 — in 2011.