Kentucky falls at Tennessee for second straight loss of the season
11/12/2016 04:52 PM
Despite rushing for an astonishing 443 yards and totaling 635 yards of offense, Kentucky lost their second straight game of the season to Tennessee, falling 49-36. The Wildcats continue a three decade losing streak at Neyland stadium, with the last win coming in 1984.
Kentucky out-gained Tennessee on offense 635-599. It was Kentucky’s lack of a passing game and their inability to contain Josh Dobbs that led to the loss. The Wildcat defense missed numerous tackles throughout the game that led to big plays for Tennessee.
Stephen Johnson continued to struggle passing the ball, he went 12 for 29 with 192 passing yards and an interception, while Tennessee quarterback Josh Dobbs torched the Cats, passing for 223 yards and three touchdowns and rushing for 181 yards and two touchdowns.
Kentucky did look impressive early, needing only two plays to score on their opening drive. Stephen Johnson took the first play of the game 75-yards to the Tennessee 10-yard line. Boom Williams punched the ball on the next play. Williams led the Kentucky rushing attack with 128 yards on 16 carries and early score. Boom went over 1,000 rushing yards for the season today, becoming the seventh player in school history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season.
Four other Kentucky rushers totaled at least 75 yards in the game. Stephen Johnson rushed for 106 yards and one touchdown, Jojo Kemp rushed for 93 yards and one touchdown, Benny Snell rushed for 83 yards and Sihiem King rushed for 75 yards and a score.
Kentucky struggled to find the end zone after the opening touchdown. They had to settle for three field goals in the red zone, while Tennessee scored a touchdown in every red zone opportunity (3-3). A Benny Snell fumble at the Tennessee four-yard line early in the third quarter killed the momentum Kentucky was regaining. Tennessee led 28-16 at that point. The Volunteers scored on the next possession on an Alvin Kamara touchdown run to give Tennessee a 35-16 lead.
Two late scores by Sihiem King and Stephen Johnson kept the score respectable.
The Wildcats will face Austin Peay (0-9) next weekend at Commonwealth Stadium. Kickoff is set for 4:30 pm.