Two touchdowns in defense in three consecutive interceptions in the first half propelled Kentucky to their first win over Tennessee at Neyland Stadium in 1984. The 34-7 win snapped a 17-game losing streak in Knoxville, previously the longest active losing streak. in one place in FBS.
Calvin Joseph was the first to join in the fun, breaking through an attached route to walk 41 yards for a touchdown. Jamin Davis had to work a little harder, tripping and tripping 85 yards to reach the end zone. The interception of Brandin Echols in the next possession created a goal by Matt Ruffolo, who gave the UK a 17-0 lead.
Only once has Kentucky had at least a 10-point lead at halftime against Tennessee in Knoxville: October 21, 1893! (Kentucky leads 32-0 at halftime, continues to win 56-0) (First meeting in both schools)
– Corey Price (@ coreyp08) October 17, 2020
The Kentucky defense did not get much help from the offense in the first half. Rufolo had to kick a goal on the field after Keaton Upshaw sent a touchdown pass. In the first half, Wildcat’s attack gained just 75 yards in 25 games (3 yards per game).
That all changed in the third quarter thanks to competent passing and Chris Rodriguez.
After forcing a three-and-out for Tennessee’s opening strike, the crime in the United Kingdom was ready to help the defense. Although an 18-yard pass to Josh Ali was canceled in the first game of driving, Kentucky’s longest game of the day, the Wildcats marched 76 yards down the field to score a flade to Alan Daly, his second big take on the drive. get moving.
Chris Rodriguez put the United Kingdom in astonishing driving range, pulling the wind out of Wals’ sails, traveling 42 yards on six carriers to take on the role of Kentucky. He finished the day with 13 runs for 73 yards and a score that lifted Kentucky 34-7.
Kentucky’s defense just gave up 22 yards and one first down in the third quarter, forcing three tents to start the route.
At half-time, many Kentucky fans feared the worst. The heart of the Great Blue Nation has been ripped out too many times. Instead, Kentucky found its offensive identity as the Wildcats’ defense pounced on wounded prey.
Few fans have ever seen Kentucky win in Knoxville. Few football victories in Kentucky have ever been more satisfying.