Wes Rucker from govols247.com and VFL receiver Jayson Swain join WBIR Sports Executive Producer Patrick Murray to discuss Tennessee's 49-36 win over Kentucky.
Florida beat South Carolina on Saturday, so the Vols needed to beat UK to keep their SEC East title hopes alive. In order to reach the SEC Championship game in Atlanta, Tennessee must win its final two games against Missouri and Vanderbilt. It also needs Florida to lose its matchup with LSU this Saturday in Baton Rouge.
Tennessee became the first FBS team this season to allow more than 400 rushing yards and still win the game. Previously, teams were 0-30 this year when allowing 400+ yards on the ground.
Kentucky rushed for 443, but Tennessee's defense made stops when it needed to and played well in the redzone. The Wildcats made six trips inside the Vols' 20-yard line and came away with only two touchdowns while kicking three field goals. On the other redzone trip, Tennessee safety Stephen Griffin forced Benny Snell to fumble and defensive end LaTroy Lewis recovered for the Vols. Griffin had just entered the game when Todd Kelly Jr. was injured moments earlier.
Offensively, the Vols had one of their best days of the season, racking up a season-high 376 rushing yards.
Tennessee operated extremely efficiently on first down, averaging 11.6 yards per play and rushing for 283 yards to stay ahead of the sticks all day.