Tennessee upsets #18 Kentucky behind career day from Hooker

Tennessee vs Kentucky
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The upset-minded Tennessee Volunteers traveled to Lexington and stole a 45-42 win vs a top-20 Kentucky squad. The Vols were benefited by precise passing from Quarterback Hendon Hooker. Let’s break down Tennessee’s big performance on the road.

Hooker shines on the road

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All year long Tennessee fans have shared relatively the same opinion on Hooker. Dude is good. Hendon Hooker came in to Saturday’s game with a 17:1 touchdown to interception ratio in just 6 games as a starter.

Hooker continued that hot streak in Lexington; the Virginia Tech transfer threw a 75 yard touchdown pass to Javonta Payton. It was the first play from scrimmage to begin a career night. The redshirt-senior finished the night with 316 yards on 15/20 passing with a career high 4 touchdowns. Offensively the Vols were firing on all cylinders Saturday night.

Taylor’s interception dooms Kentucky

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Anyone who did not watch this game and looked at Kentucky’s offensive statistics would thing Tennessee’s defense didn’t even dress. However, the Vol’s defense was on the field for roughly 46 minutes of the game and played a total of 99 plays. One of those plays resulted in a 56-yard pick six for senior cornerback, Alontae Taylor.

Taylor’s interception came in the middle of the third quarter and pushed the Vol’s lead to 10 with 6 minutes left in the third. The defense stepped up big when it had to in a very “bend not break” fashion to steal a win on the road.

Tennessee vs Kentucky was a much needed win for the Vols. With Georgia coming to town this Saturday, Tennessee will have to play their best game of the year to knock off the top-ranked Bulldogs in Neyland stadium. Tennessee will be riding lots of momentum after Josh Heupel gets his first ranked win as the Vol’s head coach.

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Paul Leatherman 🍊

Writer for the Vols

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