Bowl Eligible Cats Head to Knoxville to Take on Streaking Vols

Nov. 26, 2010

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Date & Time Saturday, Nov. 27
12:21 p.m
Coverage TV: SEC Network
Radio: BBSN
Online Audio listen
Online Video via ESPN3
Live Blog
Location Neyland Stadium
Knoxville, Tenn.
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Tennessee Volunteers at a Glance
Head Coach Derek Dooley
Record at School 5-6 (First season)
Record 5-6, 2-5 SEC
Ranking NR
Series Record Tennessee leads 73-23-9
Last Meeting Tennessee defeated Kentucky 30-24 in overtime in Lexington, Ky. last season.
2010 Team Stats UK UT
Rushing Offense 167.2 119.7
Passing Offense 274.6 240.3
Total Offense 441.6 360.0
Scoring Offense 34.7 27.3
Rushing Defense 178.6 155.8
Passing Defense 168.4 225.4
Total Defense 347.0 381.2
Scoring Defense 28.9 25.6
Turnover Margin -0.27 +0.36
2010 Stat Leaders
Rushing UK: Derrick Locke (130 rushes, 719 yds, 9 TDs)
UT: Tauren Poole (176 rushes, 935 yds, 10 TDs)
Passing UK: Mike Hartline (237-361, 2906 yds, 22 TDs, 8 INTs)
UT: Matt Simms (113-195, 1460 yds, 8 TDs, 5 INTs)
Receiving UK: Randall Cobb (66 catches, 839 yds, 7 TDs)
UT: Denarius Moore (36 catches, 707 yds, 8 TDs)
Tackles UK: Danny Trevathan (120 total, 15.0 for loss)
UT: Nick Reveiz (86 total, 6.0 for loss)
Sacks UK: Luke McDermott, Danny Trevathan (3.0)
UT: Malik Jackson (5.0)
Interceptions UK: Winston Guy Jr. (2)
UT: Janzen Jackson, Prentiss Waggner (4)

Cat Scratches Preview: Joker Phillips' keys to the game

Each and every week prior to a Kentucky football game, Cat Scratches will talk with head coach Joker Phillips about his of plan of attack. Without giving away too much of the game plan, Phillips will tell us his keys to the game, a key matchup and who Kentucky has to look out for on the opposing team.

Offensive keys - Get off to a fast start: "We've got to play fast from the first snap. If we play like we've been playing in the first half, we could be down too much and not be able to fight back. That's one thing we don't want to do. We want to try to match their intensity. They have a lot to play for and so do we. We need to definitely get off to a fast start to match their intensity. If we don't we could be down 21 points the way they're scoring points. Their defense is playing a lot faster because they're going out on the field with leads. Their offense is scoring a lot of points and their special teams has scored some points, so they're getting out on the field with confidence and the lead. When you go on the field for the first time and it's 7-0, you go out there a second time and it's 14-0 and then you go out there and it's 21-0, I think that gives your defense a lot of confidence."

Cat Scratches' take: Maybe the single biggest problem for the UK football team this year has been its slow starts. If Kentucky played like it has in the second half of games all season long, we could be talking about an eight- or nine-win team at this point. When the Cats lead after the first quarter, they are a perfect 4-0. UK is 1-4 when the opponent leads after the first quarter and 2-5 after halftime. Last time out, Kentucky allowed 242 first-half yards to a struggling Vanderbilt offense. In the second half, the Commodores totaled just 158 yards. The Cats cannot afford to get behind big to a Tennessee team averaging 42.0 points per game over the last three contests.

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Bowl Eligible Cats Head to Knoxville to Take on Streaking Vols

After taking down Vanderbilt to gain bowl eligibility two weeks ago, the University of Kentucky football team returns to the field to take on the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn., in its regular-season finale Saturday.

Both teams enter the game on winning streaks with Kentucky claiming convincing wins in its last two games, defeating Charleston Southern 49-21 and Vanderbilt 38-20. The Wildcats were impressive in the Vanderbilt win both offensively and defensively, gaining 580 yards of total offense and recording five sacks – the most in a Southeastern Conference game since the 2008 season.

Junior Randall Cobb and senior Derrick Locke paced the Kentucky offense, as Cobb rushed 10 times for 170 yards and two touchdowns, caught three passes for 56 yards and gathered 279 all-purpose yards in the game. Locke, who returned for the first time since the Auburn game because of injury, gathered 145 yards rushing and two touchdowns in his return.

Following the move of freshman quarterback Tyler Bray into the starting lineup, the Vols enter the game on a three-game winning streak, having posted wins over Memphis, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt. Tailback Tauren Poole leads the UT ground game while linebacker Nick Reveiz paces the defense.