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Tennessee 44, Kentucky 6

(AP Photo/Wade Payne)

By AL LESAR
Associated Press

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Jalin Hyatt caught five passes for 138 yards and two touchdowns to lead No. 3 Tennessee to a 44-6 victory over No. 19 Kentucky.

Hyatt broke the school record for touchdown receptions in a season with 14 en route to setting up the Volunteers (8-0, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) for their showdown with No. 1 Georgia next Saturday. Tennessee is off to its best start since winning the national championship in 1998.

The Wildcats (5-3, 2-3) struggled in the border rivalry battle. Will Levis, projected as one of the top quarterbacks in the upcoming NFL draft, had limited success while being intercepted three times.

The Kentucky offense had just 1 of 6 third-down conversions in the first half and finished with 2 of 13. Levis had 16 completions for 98 yards.

Tennessee's Hendon Hooker completed 19 of 25 passes for 245 yards and three scores. Hooker also ran for a TD.

The Vols led 27-6 at halftime. Hyatt had three receptions for 91 yards, two of them were for touchdowns.

FACTS & STATS

Tennessee S Jaylen McCollough (aggravated assault arrest) and WR Cedric Tillman (high ankle sprain) both returned to action after missing multiple games. McCollough's attorney has filed a motion arguing self-defense. ... Hooker's 55-yard scoring pass to Hyatt early in the game was his 20th straight game with a TD pass, breaking his own school record. ... Each team missed a PAT in the first half - Kentucky's Matt Ruffolo had his kick blocked and, after a 10-yard penalty, Tennessee's Chase McGrath was wide right. ... Vols S Doneiko Slaughter got his first career interception on a tipped ball in the red zone. Levis made a TD-saving tackle 48 yards later. He got his second pick in the third quarter. ... The Wildcats' streak of 11 games holding opponents to 24 points or fewer came to an end. ... Kentucky, ranked 115th in sacks yielded in the NCAA, gave up four, including two in the first drive of the second half. ... Wildcat LB DeAndre Square (ankle) was injured early, came back, but missed the entire second half. ... Tennessee's 395 points in eight games is the third most in SEC history. ... Scoring more than 30 points in 11 straight games is a Tennessee school record.

THE TAKEAWAY

Kentucky: The Wildcats' defense couldn't slow down the Tennessee offense. Other than Georgia, there are three very winnable games left on the Kentucky schedule.

Tennessee: After beating Alabama a couple weeks ago, the Vols had little left to prove. Even so, they showed they are ready for the showdown with Georgia.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter KtyTenn
Tenn TD 13:33 Jalin Hyatt 55 yard TD pass from Hendon Hooker (Chase McGrath Extra Point) 0 7
Kty TD 4:44 Chris Rodriguez Jr. 3 yard TD run (Matt Ruffolo Kick Failed) 6 7
Second Quarter KtyTenn
Tenn TD 14:56 Princeton Fant 2 yard TD run (Chase McGrath Kick Failed) 6 13
Tenn TD 11:12 Jaylen Wright 1 yard TD run (Chase McGrath Extra Point) 6 20
Tenn TD 0:22 Jalin Hyatt 31 yard TD pass from Hendon Hooker (Chase McGrath Extra Point) 6 27
Third Quarter KtyTenn
Tenn FG 8:57 Chase McGrath 29 yard field goal 6 30
Tenn TD 3:58 Hendon Hooker 8 yard TD run (Chase McGrath Extra Point) 6 37
Fourth Quarter KtyTenn
Tenn TD 7:47 Jabari Small 13 yard TD pass from Hendon Hooker (Chase McGrath Extra Point) 6 44
Team Stats
  Kentucky Tennessee
First downs 14 19
  Rushing 8 9
  Passing 6 9
  Penalty 0 1
3rd Down Efficiency 2-13, 15% 5-12, 42%
4th down efficiency 2-3, 67% 2-2, 100%
Rushes-Yards 36-107 40-177
Passing Yards 98 245
Return Yards 49 99
Completions-Attempts-Int 16-27-3 19-25-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 4-23 2-16
Punts 6 3
Fumbles Lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties - Yards 5-31 6-50
Kentucky Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
W. Levis 16 27 98 0 3
Tennessee Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
H. Hooker 19 25 245 3 0
Kentucky Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
C. Rodriguez Jr. 15 64 4.3 1
L. Wright 8 33 4.1 0
J. McClain 4 20 5.0 0
D. Beckwith 3 13 4.3 0
W. Levis 5 -22 -4.4 0
Tennessee Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Small 21 78 3.7 0
J. Wright 7 73 10.4 1
H. Hooker 10 23 2.3 1
P. Fant 1 2 2.0 1
D. Sampson 1 1 1.0 0
Kentucky Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Dingle 4 44 11.0 0
J. McClain 3 15 5.0 0
B. Brown 2 12 6.0 0
T. Robinson 4 11 2.8 0
D. Key 1 8 8.0 0
D. Harris 1 7 7.0 0
L. Wright 1 1 1.0 0
Tennessee Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Hyatt 5 138 27.6 2
B. McCoy 6 54 9.0 0
C. Tillman 4 22 5.5 0
J. Small 2 17 8.5 1
P. Fant 1 11 11.0 0
J. Warren 1 3 3.0 0
Kentucky Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Tennessee Interceptions
Player Int Yards
J. Mitchell 1 48
B. Turnage 1 7
D. Slaughter 1 0
Kentucky Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
C. Goodfellow 6 235 39.2
Tennessee Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
P. Brooks 3 128 42.7
Kentucky Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Tennessee Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Williams 2 44 22.0
Kentucky Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. McClain 3 23 7.7
B. Brown 2 26 13.0
Tennessee Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Kentucky Missed FG
Player Length
Tennessee Missed FG
Player Length
C. McGrath 37




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