Kentucky vs. Tennessee: Wildcats Close out Dismal Season with 37-17 Loss

Nick NafpliotisCorrespondent INovember 24, 2012

Nov 24, 2012; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers running back Marlin Lane (15) runs the ball while Kentucky Wildcats cornerback Martavius Neloms (1) attempts to tackle him at Neyland Stadium. Tennessee won by a score of 37 to 17. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-US PRESSWIRE

Unlike last year's streak-breaking victory in Commonwealth Stadium, there would be no victory for Joker Phillips in his final game as Kentucky's head coach. The game started with the Wildcats keeping pace with the Volunteers, but quickly went off the rails as Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray torched the UK secondary for 293 yards and four touchdowns through the air.


The Good

  • LaRod King was exceptional, catching 10 passes for 78 yards, which greatly outpaced the rest of the Wildcat receiving corps
  • The Kentucky running game was fairly effective, averaging 4.5 yards per carry for a total of 167 yards and one touchdown.
  • Somehow, the Wildcats ended up emphatically winning the time of possession battle 34:26 to 25:34.
  • Jalen Whitlow continued to show flashes of a bright future for UK at the quarterback position, going 29-45 for for 225 yards and one touchdown through the air as well as gaining 31 yards on the ground.
  • This season is finally over


The Bad

  • As mentioned before, the Wildcat secondary had a terrible day, giving up much of the yards in big chunks and constantly allowing receivers to get behind them.
  • The Wildcat rushing defense also had a rough day, giving up an average of five yards per carry for a total of 164 yards.
  • UK had three straight possessions where they drove into Tennessee territory, but were unable to get into the end zone.
  • Kentucky went 0-for-3 on all of its fourth-down conversion attempts.



The Weird

  • According to Matt Jones of Kentucky Sports Radio, Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart said on a pregame show today that character would be a major factor in the coaching search...which may have been a veiled reference to Bobby Petrino.
  • On that note, I leave with you one of the greatest gifs of all time, courtesy once again of Kentucky Sports Radio. The season may be over, but my analysis (and poor attempts at humor) will still be on tap as UK searches for it's next football coach.


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