Two defensive outbursts in three consecutive interceptions in the first half pushed Kentucky to its first victory over Tennessee at Neyland Stadium since 1984. The 34-7 victory breaks the 17-game losing streak in Knoxville, previously the longest active losing streak in one place at FBS.
Calvin Joseph was the first to get involved in this fun, breaking through the barricade to walk 41 yards to land. Jamin Davis had to work a little, dangling and stumbling 85 yards to reach the end zone. The interception of Brandin Ehols on the next possession created a field goal by Matt Ruffolo, which gave Britain an early score of 17-0.
There was only one time when Kentucky had at least a 10-point lead against Tennessee at Knoxville: October 21, 1893! (Kentucky leads 32-0 at the break, continues to win 56-0) (First meeting of two schools)
– Corey Price (@ coreyp08) October 17, 2020
Kentucky’s defense didn’t get much help from the attack in the first half. Ruffolo had to score a field goal after Keaton Upshaw dropped to pass. In the first half, Wildcat’s offense accumulated only 75 yards in 25 games (3 yards per game).
Everything changed in the third quarter thanks to a competent transfer and Chris Rodriguez.
After a forced “three-and-out” in Tennessee’s initial race, the British offense was ready to help the defense. Although the 18-yard pass to Josh Ali during the first disc game was canceled, Kentucky’s longest game at the time, the Wildcats marched 76 yards across the field to score a goal in the comfort of Allen Daly, his second big dynamic drive reception.
Chris Rodriguez hit the UK at an impressive range on a drive that blew the wind out of Wallace’s sails, traveling 42 yards on six carriers to take on a role in the image of Kentucky. He finished the day with 13 transfers of 73 yards and a score that raised Kentucky to 34-7.
Kentucky’s defense only gave way 22 yards and one first down in the third quarter, forcing three Tennessee states to begin the route.
During the break, many Kentucky fans feared the worst. The Great Blue Nation’s heart broke too many times. Instead, Kentucky found its offensive identity, while the Wildcats’ defense attacked the wounded prey.
Few fans have seen Kentucky win at Knoxville. Few football victories in Kentucky have ever been more satisfying.