Boxscore
Kentucky 10, Tennessee 7
Saturday, November 26, 2011 12:21 PM
Location - Commonwealth Stadium
Attendance - 59855

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Tennessee 0 0 0 7 7
Kentucky 3 0 0 7 10

Recap


Twenty-six straight times, Kentucky couldn’t beat Tennessee. On Saturday, the Wildcats finally put an end to their dubious streak, defeating the Volunteers 10-7 at Commonwealth Stadium.

Oddly enough, they did it with a wide receiver playing quarterback.

Senior Matt Roark, thrust into the starting role with starters Maxwell Smith and Morgan Newton out with injury, ran for a game-high 124 yards to lead the Wildcats to their first victory over Tennessee since 1984.

The win denied the Volunteers (5-7, 1-7 SEC) a chance at bowl eligibility and provided Kentucky with a much-needed positive feeling. The Wildcats, who began the season 2-0, finished 5-7 and 2-6 in SEC play.

Trailing 10-7 late, Tennessee had a chance to force overtime or take the lead, but its drive stalled out near midfield. Quarterback Tyler Bray, on a 4th-and-17 play, had a pass intercepted by Taiedo Smith to put the game away. Moments later, the blue-clad fans at Commonwealth stormed the field in celebration.

Kentucky took a 3-0 lead at halftime and extended the advantage to 10 with 14:12 left in the fourth quarter on CoShik Williams’ 6-yard rushing touchdown.

Tennessee responded with a score of its own on the ensuing possession, a 53-yard touchdown pass from Bray to Rajion Neal to cut the deficit to 10-7.

Bray, making his second start since missing five games because of an injury, completed 15-of-38 passes for 215 yards. Neal had four catches for 125 yards for the Volunteers, who finished the season with a winless road record (0-4) and lost their regular-season finale for the first time in 29 games.  

Kentucky won despite being outgained 276-217. Roark completed 4-of-6 passes for 15 yards for the Wildcats, who forced three Tennessee turnovers.
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 4:46
Kentucky   FG  Kentucky 3 - Tennessee 0
4th Quarter - 14:12
Kentucky   TD  Kentucky 10 - Tennessee 0
4th Quarter - 12:52
Tennessee   TD  Kentucky 10 - Tennessee 7
TEAMS

Team Records

  Tennessee Kentucky
W/L 5 - 7 - 0 5 - 7 - 0
Conference 1 - 7 - 0 2 - 6 - 0

Team Stats

  Tennessee Kentucky
Score 7 10
First Downs 15 10
3rd Down Efficiency 4-for-15
27%
4-for-16
25%
4th Down Efficiency 0-for-2
0%
0-for-1
0%
Total Yards 276 217
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 24-61 56-202
Average/Rush 2.5 3.6
Passing
Comp-Att 15-38 4-6
Passing Yards 215 15
Average/Pass Play 5.4 2.5
Penalties-Yards 5-32 11-85
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 2-0
Interceptions Thrown 2 0
Time of Possession 24:03 35:57

PLAYER STATS

Tennessee (5 - 7)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
T. Bray 15/38 215 1 2
Kentucky (5 - 7)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
M. Roark 4/6 15 0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
T. Poole 9 32 3.6 0
M. Lane Jr. 7 25 3.6 0
D. Rogers 1 11 11.0 0
R. Neal 2 4 2.0 0
T. Bray 4 4 1.0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
M. Roark 24 124 5.2 0
C. Williams 21 68 3.2 1
D. Robinson 2 13 6.5 0
R. Sanders 6 3 0.5 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
R. Neal 4 125 31.2 1
D. Rogers 2 38 19.0 0
D. Arnett 3 20 6.7 0
M. Rivera 2 18 9.0 0
T. Poole 3 12 4.0 0
M. Lane Jr. 1 2 2.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
N. Melillo 1 15 15.0 0
C. Williams 1 3 3.0 0
L. King 1 2 2.0 0
R. Sanders 1 -5 -5.0 0
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