With neither Kentucky nor Tennessee qualified for a bowl game, bragging rights alone were at stake at Commonwealth Stadium on Senior Day. The game was marked with sloppy play and a dominating Tennessee front line, as the Vols managed to avoid the SEC cellar with today's win. Tennessee improved to 5-6 (3-5) with the victory, while Kentucky fell to 3-8 (2-6).
Tennessee's defense forced four Kentucky turnovers, including three interceptions, one for a touchdown. After Andre Woodson went out early with an injury to his non-throwing shoulder, Curtis Pulley led UK for most of the game, with mixed results. Pulley completed 23-33 on the day for only 155 yards, and three interceptions. He also rushed 18 times for -2 yards on the day, including being sacked four times.
Kentucky was led by Rafael Little, who set an all-time single season mark at Kentucky for all-purpose yards today. Little's 1,982 all-purpose yards this season, including 176 today, broke Derek Abney's mark of 1,922 set in 2002. Little rushed for 43 yards today, but added 11 receptions for 73 yards as well.
Defensively, UK sophomore Wesley Woodyard had 18 tackles on the day, including 12 solo. He had two tackles for losses, and returned a fumble 21 yards. B. Jay Parsons also had two tackles for losses and forced one fumble, while Draak Davis had two tackles on special teams. Davis forced a fumble in the first half on a punt return, and recovered the fumble inside the Tennessee 10-yard line, but the Cats could only manage a field goal from the possession.
Tennessee was led by Erik Ainge, who completed 17-25 passes for 221 yards and two touchdowns. Arian Foster rushed for 122 yards on 26 carries as well.