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FOOTBALL CENTRAL: Vols vs. Kentucky

Nov. 19, 2012






TENNESSEE (4-7) vs. KENTUCKY (2-9)
November 24, 2012   |   12:21 p.m. ET
Neyland Stadium   |   Knoxville, Tenn.
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THE KENTUCKY GAME
  • Saturday's game represents the 108th all-time meeting between the Tennessee Volunteers and the Kentucky Wildcats. Saturday is also Senior Day at Neyland Stadium, when 13 Vol seniors will be honored before their final home game.

  • Tennessee is 74-24-9 all-time vs. the Wildcats, including a 39-10-6 mark in Knoxville and a 35-14-3 record in Lexington. The 74 wins represent UT's most over any opponent. Kentucky snapped Tennessee's 26-game winning streak over the Wildcats last year, defeating the Vols 10-7 in Lexington on Nov. 26, 2011.

  • Tennessee has won 13 consecutive games over Kentucky at Neyland Stadium since 1986, the longest home-winning streak for the Vols over any opponent.

  • Five of the last eight games in the TennesseeKentucky series have been decided by six points or fewer, and six of last eight were decided by 10 or fewer points.

Coaching Change

  • On Sunday, University of Tennessee Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Dave Hart announced that head football coach Derek Dooley will not return as the head coach of the Vols. Hart also announced that the search for the next Tennessee head coach begins immediately.
  • Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney will serve as interim head coach vs. Kentucky on Saturday. Chaney is the first interim head coach to lead the Vols in a game since Phillip Fulmer in the first three games of 1992.

Explosive Offense

  • The Vols have scored 397 points this season, the third-highest point total in school history through 11 games and the most since 1995. UT in fourth in the SEC in scoring offense (36.1 ppg).
  • Tennessee has scored at least 40 points five times in 2012, the most in one year since the 1996 team also recorded five 40-plus games (UT record: 7, 1990/1993).
  • Tennessee also has 5,254 yards of total offense (2nd in SEC) through 11 games, 38 yards behind the most in school history at that point, a total of 5,292 yards by the 1997 squad through 11 games.

A Tennessee Win Would...

  • Improve the Vols to 78-16 in November since 1990 and 8-4 during the month since 2010.
  • Mark the 14th consecutive win over Kentucky in Knoxville since 1986 and the 27th win over the Wildcats overall for Tennessee in the last 28 meetings.
  • Give Tennessee a 5-7 finish overall in 2012 and a 1-7 finish in the SEC.
  • Represent the ninth win in the last 10 games over an SEC opponent at home in November since a win over UK in 2008. A would alsoimprove UT to 13-2 at home in November since a win over UK on 11/25/06.

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