VOLS GAME IN BITS & PIECES

Chattanooga Times Free Press - - NFL BLITZ - Gene Hen­ley staff writer

SATUR­DAY’S STAR

Ten­nessee’s Dar­rell Tay­lor was a ter­ror against the Ken­tucky of­fense Satur­day, sack­ing Terry Wil­son four times and fin­ish­ing with seven tack­les. One of his sacks led to a forced fum­ble, which he also re­cov­ered.

SATUR­DAY’S STAT

The 215 rush­ing yards were the most for Ten­nessee against a Power Five con­fer­ence op­po­nent this sea­son, top­ping the 156 the Vols had against Florida on Sept. 22. They had 149 in the sec­ond half alone against the Wild­cats.

TURN­ING POINT

The Vols were up only 10-0 late in the first half when quar­ter­back Jar­rett Guar­an­tano dropped back, bought him­self a lit­tle time and flung a 39-yard pass to a wide-open Mar­quez Call­away in the end zone. Call­away’s only com­pe­ti­tion on the play was team­mate Jauan Jen­nings.

HIGH­LIGHT PLAY

The Ten­nessee play call­ing was ag­gres­sive with of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Tyson Hel­ton call­ing a lot of first­down passes. And a 59yard end-around by Jor­dan Mur­phy in the third quar­ter led to the Vols’ fi­nal touch­down on a pass from Guar­an­tano to tight end Do­minick Wood-An­der­son.

WHAT IT MEANS

The Vols needed wins in two of their fi­nal three games to qual­ify for a bowl, and this one means they can beat ei­ther Mis­souri or Van­der­bilt to achieve that goal. The two-game win streak is nice, and even more so is the fact that Ten­nessee has de­feated two Top 25 teams this sea­son.

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