Tennessee 37, Kentucky 17: Tyler
Bray was 20-of-34 for 293 yards and four touchdowns to lead the host Volunteers over the Wildcats for their first conference victory in the season finale for both teams.
Tennessee (5-7, 1-7 SEC) scored
the last 17 points after the Wildcats had pulled to
within three midway through the third quarter. Bray found Mychal
Rivera with a 29-yard scoring toss, followed by a 21-yard touchdown
pass to Cordarrelle Patterson to increase the Vols' advantage to 17
heading to the fourth quarter.
Patterson led nine Tennessee
receivers who caught a pass with four catches for 88 yards. Justin
Hunter and Zach Rogers also had touchdown receptions for Tennessee.
Kentucky quarterback Jalen
Whitlow passed for a career-best 225 yards and a touchdown but missed
a number of open targets throughout the game. The Wildcats (2-10,
0-8) didn't commit any turnovers but were 0-of-3 on
Marlin Lane had a game-high 75
rushing yards on 10 attempts as the Volunteers averaged 5.1
yards per carry. Linebacker A.J. Johnson scored his
team-leading sixth rushing touchdown as well as recording his first
GAME NOTEBOOK: Kentucky used two
quarterbacks in a game - freshman Patrick Towles was 1-of-1 for 20 yards - for the ninth straight contest. ... Bray's 34
passing touchdowns in 2012 rank him second on the single-season list
at Tennessee, behind only Peyton Manning's 36 in 1997. … Tennessee
leads the series 75-24-9.