For the second time this season, Vols were upset by a ranked opponent. This time it happened in front of the home crowd at Neyland Stadium.
Tennessee (5-5, 2-4 SEC) dropped No. 11 in Kentucky (7-3, 5-3 SEC) with a score of 24-7 on Saturday afternoon. Vols 'defense threatened Wildcats' offense, and Tennessee's offense found enough space against the usual defensive defense in Kentucky.
The Vols forced a couple of traffic, picked five bags (four by Darrell Taylor), and there were nine in total attacks against Wildcats, while only 262 yard attacks. Meanwhile, Tennessee's offense has picked up more than 400 yards of attack.
Kentucky's loss to Knoxville continues. Wildcats have not yet won the Neyland Stadium since 1984, and Kentucky has never really done it in the afternoon.
Here are our five biggest take-offs from Tennessee's great victory over 11th Kentucky.
Vols are hampered by slow startups in most of their games this season. But it did not even happen on Saturday, and Tennessee put an exclamation at the end of the first half.
Tennessee led 17-0 at half-time after 39-yard Hail Mary passed from Jarrett Guarantan to Marquez Callaway while it was time. Vols in the first half was 241 yards in the attack, and Guarantano had 21.9 yards away after finishing the eight finals in the first half.
Kentucky's offense was damped in the first half of UT defense. Vols Wildcats held only 68 yards of attack and 2.1 yards per game. Benny Snell was held under control and had less than 40 meters in the first half.
Vols needed a strong start against a ranked team at home, which was Saturday.
Breaking the race game
Kentucky was one of the best Turkish IT teams who were rushing to Saturday's match. But Vols absolutely shut them down during the game.
Benny Snell was the leading CIS leader before the Sabbath, but Vols kept him waiting for almost the entire race. He finished with 81 yards at 20 transmissions, and Tennessee kept the wildcats hunted a horn attack at just 77 meters on 35 attempts. Kentucky was on average an inaccessible 2.2 yards per carry. Meanwhile, Tennessee gained 215m on the field in 40 places.
Tennessee Kentucky Terry Terry Wilson tried to win, and while JUCO transfer QB made some good throws, he was not sufficiently consistent to make a huge footstep in defending Volta. He finished 21-of-34 for 172 meters, touchdown and interception.
Guaranteed to stop recording
Jarrett Guarantano was effective throughout the season, and cut off the record on Saturday.
According to the Tennessee statistics division, Guarantano interrupted UT's school record for most consecutive fill passes without throwing interception. In the third quarter, he finished the 14th consecutive championship in the third quarter and did not take the pass and surpassed Casey Clausen's record he returned in 2003 when he had 143 consecutive passes without throwing poker.
Guaranted on Saturday included one of his best games in his Tennessee career, completing 12 of 20 attempts for 197 yards and two touchdowns.
Great, great players
Kentucky came in on Saturday playing only by allowing 3.3 games per match to opponents who went for 20 or more meters. Vols destroy that average.
Tennessee has picked up 20 or more meters in seven different shows on Saturday. They made the Jordan Murphy race for 59 meters and leader of Ty Chandler was 29 meters away, and Tim Jordana's leader picked up 22 meters. He was guaranteed to finish in the afternoon for 25, 34, 38 and 39 meters.
Vols have been struggling to consistently raise a large number of meters on the offense this season, but they did it against Auburn earlier this season. And they did it again on Saturday against Kentucky.
Honeycombs Stay alive
With victory, Vols has found a way to get five wins in the season and that only one qualifying win for the two-legged lap qualifier remains in the season.
This season, Tennessee improved to 5-5 to 10 games, and they have to defeat at least one of their last two opponents in November to get to the pelvis game. Vols play against Missouri in Knoxville and Vanderbilt in Nashville to close the 2018 season.
Jeremy Pruitt would be the first Vols coach from Derek Dooley to come into the bowl in his first year as Tennevski's chief coach if his team can make it this year.