Saturday ended a forgettable streak for Kentucky. For the first time since 1984, the Wildcats won at Tennessee.
The Kentucky defense did the heavy lifting in the first half by forcing four turnovers, including two interceptions returned for touchdowns. Quarterback Terry Wilson and the offense then took over in the second half, giving the Wildcats’ their first complete performance of the season in a 34-7 win over the No. 17 Volunteers.
The victory is just Kentucky’s third in the last 36 games against Tennessee. It snapped a 17-game losing streak in Knoxville.
The SEC Network broadcast began with talk that Wilson’s job was in jeopardy while Tennessee quarterback Jarrett Guarantano’s was not despite uneven performances from both this season.
By the end of the game, Tennessee was playing its third-string quarterback and Wilson had become the first Kentucky quarterback since Derrick Ramsey in 1977 to lead Kentucky to wins at Florida and Tennessee in his career.