UK vs. TENN | Big plays cost Cats, trail 24-14 at halftime
10/31/2015 07:29 PM
LEXINGTON — A slew of big plays late in the second quarter cost Kentucky as the Wildcats trail Tennessee 24-14 at halftime.
UK took a 14-10 lead on a Patrick Towles 1-yard touchdown run with 5:39 left in the second quarter, but the Volunteers responded with back-to-back 75-yard touchdown drives to end the half and take a 10-point lead into the locker room.
Senior defensive tackle C.J. Johnson provided the defensive highlight of the season when he scooped up a Joshua Dobbs fumble and rumbled 77 yards for the opening score to give Kentucky a 7-0 lead with 8:23 left in the first quarter.
It was the first touchdown of Johnson’s career and UK’s first defensive touchdown this season.
The Kentucky defense had no answer for Tennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs in the first half.
The sophomore signal caller racked up 228 yards of offense and three touchdowns, including a 75-yard touchdown pass to Josh Malone to recapture the lead with 5:26 left in the second quarter.
After a Kentucky three-and-out, another big play highlight another Tennessee touchdown drive when running back Alvin Kamara slipped around the edge for 64 yards to the UK 1. Dobbs scored on a 1-yard touchdown run two plays leader to give the Volunteers their 24-14 halftime lead.
Tennessee outgained Kentucky 327 to 117 in the first half.
Kentucky star running back Stanley “Boom” Williams hyperextend his right elbow on a 2nd-and-goal run in the second quarter, laying on the field in pain for several minutes before trainers helped him to the locker room.
The SEC Network reported Williams had his elbow x-rayed in the locker room, and his status to return to the game remains unknown.
Before leaving the game, Williams rushed four times for 12 yards.