By Tim Letcher
SEC Digital Network
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Tyler Bray connected on 20-of-34 passes for 293 yards and four touchdowns as Tennessee beat Kentucky, 37-17 on Saturday at Neyland Stadium.
The Volunteers got their first SEC win of the year in the season's final game, over a team that they have beaten 27 of the last 28 meetings.
Bray's four touchdown passes went to four different receivers.
Tennessee got the scoring stared when Bray hit Zach Rogers with a 21-yard TD pass, making it 7-0 Vols. Kentucky answered that scored when Jalen Whitlow connected with D.J. Warren to tie the score at 7.
Later in the first quarter, Tennessee linebacker A.J. Johnson, lined up on offense, scored on a two-yard run, giving Tennessee a 14-7 lead.
In the second quarter, Bray hit Justin Hunter with a 42-yard scoring pass. The extra point was no good, and Tennessee led 20-7.
The Vols broke it open in the third quarter when Bray threw touchdown passes to Mychal Rivera and Cordarrelle Patterson.
Passing: Jalen Whitlow 29-45, 225 yards, 1 TD
Rushing: Jonathan George 8 car, 59 yards, 1 TD
Receiving: La'Rod King 10 rec, 78 yards
Passing: Tyler Bray 20-34, 293 yards, 4 TD
Rushing: Marlin Lane 10 car, 75 yards
Receiving: Cordarrelle Patterson 4 rec, 88 yards, 1 TD
- Saturday’s game was the 108th all-time alltime meeting between the Tennessee Volunteers and the Kentucky Wildcats.
- Tennessee is 75-24-9 all-time vs. the Wildcats, including a 40-10-6 mark in Knoxville and a 35-14-3 record in Lexington.
- Tennessee has won 14 consecutive games over Kentucky at Neyland Stadium since 1986, the longest home-winning streak for the Vols over any opponent.
- UK is sixth in the nation for most true freshmen played with 14, only two behind the national leader. Of Kentucky’s 80 recruited scholarship players, 55 are freshmen or sophomores.
- UK is fourth in the nation for most total freshmen (true and redshirt frosh) played with 27, only one behind the national leader.