Nov. 26, 2011
For the Record
Tennessee Captains: Tauren Poole, Austin Johnson and Malik Jackson
Tennessee is now 74-24-9 all-time against Kentucky, including a 35-14-3 mark in Lexington.
The loss snaps a 26-game winning streak for the Vols over the Wildcats, dating back to 1985. That marked the nation's second-longest active winning streak over an opponent behind only Penn State's 29-game streak over Temple.
Kentucky's last win over Tennessee in Lexington was in 1981, snapping a 14-game Tennessee winning streak.
Tennessee won the coin toss and elected to receive for the second time this season (at Arkansas). The Vols are now 7-5 in pre-game coin flips this season.
Tennessee's all-time record is now 794-347-53 (.687).
Freshman tight end Cameron Clear made the second start of his collegiate career, as the Vols started in a two tight end set for the second consecutive week.
Still Scoring in Lexington
Tennessee went into the fourth quarter scoreless, but extended their streak of consecutive games without a shutout to 222 games, dating back to a 31-0 loss to No. 1 Florida in Knoxville on Sept. 17, 1994.
That streak without a shutout ranks as the nation's fifth-longest, behind the following: Michigan (348), Florida (295), TCU (242) and Air Force (232).
Tennessee was held off the scoreboard in the first half for the first time since the first half of its game against Wyoming on Nov. 8, 2008, when it went into the locker room trailing, 13-0.
The 17 combined points marked Tennessee's lowest scoring contest since its 6-3 loss to Alabama in Tuscaloosa on Oct. 22, 2005.
Da'Rick Doing Work
Sophomore wideout Da'Rick Rogers had a pair of receptions for 38 yards, moving him up to fifth on the UT single-season chart with 1,040 receiving yards. He passed Kelley Washington's 1,010 yards in 2001.
Rogers also recorded his third carry of the season, gaining 11 on an end around.
Both of Roger's receptions went for first downs. For the season, Rogers continuously come up big for the Vols with 54 of his 67 catches resulting in either a first down or a touchdown (80.6 percent).
Rogers' 67 receptions this season rank as the sixth-highest single-season total in Tennessee history, while his seven touchdown catches rank in a tie for seventh.
Ray-jion of Light
Tennessee sophomore WR Rajion Neal game up big for the Vols in the second half, hauling in passes of 44 and 53 yards, the second of which was the second longest of his career and went for a touchdown.
Neal finished with career highs in both receptions (4) and yards (125). It was his first career 100-yard game, becoming the third Vol to accomplish that feat this season, joining Da'Rick Rogers and Justin Hunter.
Tauren's Time Comes to an End
Senior tailback Tauren Poole rushed for 32 yards on Saturday to put his career rushing total at 1898 yards, which ranks 15th all-time in Tennessee history.
Arnett in the UT Arsenal
True freshman wide receiver DeAnthony Arnett made three catches, pushing his season total to 24 which ties him with William Howard (1984) for the second-most receptions by a Tennessee true freshman.
Two Drives the Difference
In Kentucky's two scoring drives, the Wildcats recorded 139 yards on 23 plays for an average of 6.04 yards per play. In their other 11 drives, the Tennessee defense limited them to just 78 yards on 39 plays for an average of 2.0 yards per play.
With 2.0 tackles for loss in the first half, senior defensive lineman Malik Jackson upped his season total to a team-leading 11.0.
Jackson had 9.5 TFLs in his last eight games including today, as well as at least one in nine of his last 10 games as a Volunteer.
Maggitt Making Plays
With seven tackles, linebacker Curt Maggitt finished the 2011 season with 56, moving him past Reggie White (51 in 1980) for the fourth-most ever by a Tennessee true freshman.
Randolph Racking Up the Tackles
Freshman safety Brian Randolph recorded a career high 12 tackles, topping his previous best of nine vs. LSU.
Freshmen Leading the Way
Tennessee's top three tacklers were all true freshmen. Randolph led the Vols with 12 stops, while linebackers A.J. Johnson and Maggitt had nine and seven, respectively.
Johnson (80 tackles) and Maggitt (56) finish with the second and fourth-most tackles ever by a Tennessee true freshman.
Young Moves On Up
With 36 kickoff return yards today, freshman Devrin Young increased his season total to 628, placing him fifth on the UT single-season kickoff returns list.
He passed Carl Pickens (594 in 1989), Willie Gault (606 in 1981) and Carey Larkins (611 in 2002) on Saturday.