KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Tennessee held off Kentucky 49-36 on Saturday at Neyland Stadium.
The win gives the Vols its fifth straight over the Wildcats, and 31 in the last 32 meetings of the 112 year-old rivalry.
Cam Sutton, who missed the last six games after fracturing his ankle Sept. 17 against Ohio, returned to the field in a big way. The Vols defensive back passed Jabari Greer with 36 pass breakups, the most all-time at Tennessee.
The Vols trailed early as usual.
Kentucky would need only 43 seconds to strike first with a Boom Williams 10 yard rushing score. The touchdown came one play after quarterback Stephen Johnson picked up 75 yards on a read-option rush.
Tennessee would respond on its next possession with a 6-play, 83 yard drive. Joshua Dobbs connected with a wide open Josh Smith in the corner of the end zone for a 24-yard touchdown to even the score 7-7.
Kentucky regained the lead at the end of the first quarter, with Austin MacGinnis knocking in a 37-yard field goal.
After a 35 yard rush from Dobbs, the Vols senior quarterback capped off the drive with a designed keeper from one yard out to give Tennessee its first lead of the game.
The touchdown also set a few records in the process.
The score gave the Vols a rushing touchdown in 25 straight games, dating back to 2014. That breaks a program record that was first set in 1937-39.
The touchdown run also gave Dobbs 26 in his career, snapping Jimmy Streater’s record for most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in Tennessee history.
Dobbs continued to pile up points, connecting with tight end Ethan Wolf on a 10-yard touchdown, extending the Vols lead to 21-13 in the second quarter.
Tennessee added to its lead in the third quarter with a flea-flicker. John Kelly faked the run before tossing the ball back to Dobbs, who hit Josh malone for a 51-yard touchdown to give the Vols a 28-16 advantage.
The Vols stretched the scoreboard to 35-16 later in the third quarter, When Alvin Kamara capped off a 96-yard drive with a 17-yard touchdown run.
Kentucky, who failed to turn multiple trips to the red zone into points, cut Tennessee’s lead to 35-22 with a 71-yard touchdown run from Jojo Kemp.
The Vols added back-to-back scoring drives soon after. The first came on a Dobbs 45-yard touchdown run, the other, a 29-yard rush from Kamara for six more points.