2009 - Hardesty's Game Winner
After the Tennessee defense held Kentucky scoreless on its overtime possession, tailback Montario Hardesty scored from 20 yards out to give the Vols a 30-24 win and secure the program's 84th winning season. Hardesty's score capped a monster performance in which the senior carried 39 times for a career-high 179 yards and three touchdowns.
2007 - Two-Point Stop Sends Vols to Atlanta
After Kentucky rallied from a 17-point deficit to tie the game as time expired, the two teams matched efforts for three overtimes before the Vols stopped a game-tying, two-point try in the fourth extra frame. Antonio Reynolds made the tackle, dropping UK signal-caller Andre Woodson short of the endzone and sending UT to its fifth SEC Championship Game.
1997 - Manning Sets Passing Record
The Vols turned a three-point halftime lead into a 59-21 win on the strength of a school-record 523 passing yards and five touchdowns from Peyton Manning. Manning broke his own school record (492) on a 35-yard, third-quarter completion to Jermaine Copeland.
1996-2000 - Five in the 50s
Every rivalry turns one-sided at some point. Tennessee dominated the Wildcats without mercy for five years from 1996 to 2000. Tennessee scored at least 56 points in each game and won the five contests by an average margin of 37 points. The UT program was at its peak during that time, but the Cats have made the games competitive ever since.
1995 and 2001 - Streak Savers
The nation's longest rivalry winning streak would not have reached 25 games if not for a couple of streak-saving comebacks by Phillip Fulmer's teams. In 1995, the Vols trailed Kentucky 24-9 early in the second half before scoring 18-straight points in the third quarter. Kentucky took the lead right back on a 47-yard touchdown run, but Peyton Manning directed the game-winning drive for the Vols early in the fourth quarter. UT won 34-31.
In 2001, Kentucky jumped out to a 21-0 lead midway through the second quarter. The Vols managed a score before halftime, and got two more touchdowns after the intermission to tie the game. From there, the two teams traded scores before Alex Walls connected on a 44-yard field with 2:49 to play to give UT a 38-35 win.
1978 and 1979 - Duncan was the Difference
Early in the illustrious coaching career of Johnny Majors, twice the Vols turned to the kicking game to salvage victory vs. the Wildcats. In 1978, the Vols won 29-14 with the fifteen-point margin provided by five field goals from Alan Duncan. A year later, Duncan was the hero again, this time nailing a game winner with seconds to spare in a 20-17 UT win.
1956 - A Fluke Bounce Begins a Personal Rivalry
Tennessee tailback Johnny Majors and Kentucky defensive tackle Lou Michaels traded ferocious hits throughout the game before Michaels finally forced a fumble from Majors in the second half. The ball went airborne and into the waiting arms of UT offensive tackle John Gordy, who took the fortunate bounce for six points. The Vols went on to win 20-7, but a year later Michaels dominated proceedings on defense en route to a 20-6 Kentucky triumph.
1950 - Vols Ruin Cats Perfect Season, Claim Title of Their Own
Amid six inches of snow and frigid temperatures, Tennessee knocked off third-ranked and undefeated Kentucky, 7-0. The game featured 15 fumbles between the two teams and the only score came on 28-yard pass from Hank Lauricella to Bert Rechichar. The Vols finished 11-1 that season and claimed the Dunkel System national championship.