The Tennessee Vols went to Lexington in desperate need of a victory but fell a few yards short as Kentucky beat Tennessee, 29-26. It was just the second time since 1984 that Kentucky had beaten Tennessee.
Kentucky took the lead with 33 seconds left and after a fourth-and-long conversion and a first down rush by Jarrett Guarantano, the Vols had one final heave to win the game. Guarantano’s pass was caught in traffic just outside the 5 but Jeff George was brought down several yards short of the goal line on the final play.
Tennesse falls to 3-5 overall and 0-5 in the SEC.
Final: Kentucky 29, Tennessee 26
Kentucky 29, Tennessee 26 (4Q, 0:33): Stephen Johnson ran it in and the Wildcats converted a 2-point play to take a 3-point lead in the final minute of the game.
Tennessee 26, Kentucky 21 (4Q, 13:28): Cimaglia with field goal No. 4 on the night, this one from 45 yards and the Vols stretch their lead to 5 points early in the final quarter.
End of third quarter: Tennessee 23, Kentucky 21
Tennessee 23, Kentucky 21 (3Q, 3:45): Cimaglia hits his third field goal of the game and the Vols are back on top for the first time since leading 3-0.
• (2Q, 1:14) Tennessee MLB Daniel Bituli is ejected along with Kentucky reserve CB Davonte Robinson after they tangle after Wildcats’ kick return.
Kentucky 21, Tennessee 20 (2Q, 1:25): Ty Chandler scores from the 1-yard line. Butch Jones sticks to what works puts QB under center once again.
Kentucky 21, Tennessee 13 (2Q, 5:58): Benny Snell scores his third touchdown of the first half on a 1-yard run.
Kentucky 14, Tennessee 13 (2Q, 8:37): The streak is over! The Vols offense reached the end zone for the first time in 15-plus quarters when Ty Chandler scored from the 1. That 15 quarters includes 48 possessions. Chandler has 81 rushing yards on 8 carries. The Vols put the QB under center, getting away from the unsuccessful attempts out of shotgun formation.
Kentucky 14, Tennessee 6 (2Q, 14:57): On the first play of the second quarter, Benny Snell punches it in from the 2, his second score of the game.
Kentucky 7, Tennessee 6 (End of first quarter): The Vols’ streak of not scoring an offensive touchdown extends to 15 quarters after kicking two field goals and missing another in the first 15 minutes against Kentucky on Saturday.
Kentucky 7, Tennessee 6 (1Q, 4:39): The Vols still can’t punch it into the end zone and Cimaglia chips one in from 24 yards to pull the Vols within one point.
• (1Q, 10:16): Both teams receive unsportsmanlike conduct penalties after Kentucky kickoff. This means another unsportsmanlike conduct penalty by any player will result in them getting ejected.
Kentucky 7, Tennessee 3 (1Q, 10:16): Benny Snell runs 6 yards for a touchdown as the Wildcats strike back quickly.
Tennessee 3, Kentucky 0 (1Q, 13:30): Brent Cimaglia kicks a field goal to give the Vols the early lead.
Pregame announcement: Tennessee sophomore offensive tackle out for game with undisclosed injury
Tennessee-Kentucky game time, information
When: Saturday, October 28, 2017
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Where: Kroger Field at Commonwealth Stadium, Lexington, Ky.
TV: SEC Network
Line: Kentucky (-5.5)
Top RB suspended
Tennessee announced Wednesday that running back John Kelly and linebacker Will Ignont have been suspended for the game at Kentucky on Saturday.
The pair were pulled over Tuesday night and marijuana was found in the car.
The school released the following statement from Vols coach Butch Jones.
“John Kelly and Will Ignont will be suspended for the Kentucky game as a result of the incident on Tuesday night. Members of our football team have a responsibility to represent the University of Tennessee in a first-class manner. I met with John and Will and they understand their actions were unacceptable.”
Tennessee defensive end Darrell Taylor returned from suspension, and SEC Country has learned that senior kick returner Evan Berry is expected to play tonight.
Coach Butch Jones issued a release on Taylor’s return, also confirming that that junior quarterback Quinten Dormady didn’t not travel for the Vols’ game at Kentucky.
“Darrell has completed the requirements we had set for him to return to play and he will be available tonight against Kentucky,” Jones said in the release. “He must continue to meet criteria we have set forth for him on a daily and weekly basis.”
Taylor made the game-winning defensive stop in Tennessee’s 42-41 double-overtime win over Georgia Tech in both teams’ season opener. He was suspended three weeks ago after getting into an altercation at practice with freshman offensive guard Trey Smith.
Jone said in the release that Dormady, who started the first five games for the Vols, will have season-ending shoulder surgery.
• Tennessee has won 31 of the past 32 meetings against Kentucky, including the past five in a row, all by double digits.
• Both Tennessee and Kentucky are coming off 45-7 road losses. The Vols lost at Alabama, and the Wildcats lost at Mississippi State.
• Tennessee owns a 79-24-9 advantage in the series. The 79 wins mark the Vols’ most against any program in college football.
• This will be the 113th meeting between the schools, the most Tennessee has played any other program.
• Punter Trevor Daniel ranks fourth in the nation with a 47.7-yard average this season.
• Tennessee is missing at least six starters for the game due to injuries/suspension: RT Chance Hall (knee), LG Jack Jones (shoulder/kneck), WR Jauan Jennings (wrist), MLB Darrin Kirkland (knee), OLB Cortez McDowell (wrist), SS Todd Kelly Jr. (knee).
Blake Morgan’s pick: Tennessee 28, Kentucky 21
“Tennessee finally finds the end zone as quarterback Jarrett Guarantano shows he is the future of the Vols program. Tennessee just has more talent than Kentucky.”
Mike Griffith’s pick: Tennessee 24, Kentucky 23
“Ty Chandler is a better tailback than most realize, and the Vols have a better defense than scores have shown.”