VOLS GAME IN BITS & PIECES
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.
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.
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.
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.