Tennessee Stat Book
Tennessee avoided dubious history Saturday with a 37-17 win over Kentucky at Neyland Stadium.
The Vols finished the season 5-7 to remain one of two major programs (along with Ohio State) that have never had an eight-loss season.
Tennessee also got its first SEC win of the season to finish 1-7.
Tyler Bray threw four TD passes against Kentucky (2-10, 0-8 SEC) to snap the Wildcats' one-game winning streak in a series that now has seen 108 meetings.
Bray threw two TD passes in the third quarter to send Tennessee to a 34-17 lead.
He hit Mychal Rivera for 29 yards and Cordarrelle Patterson for 21 for the scores.
The only score of the fourth quarter was Michael Palardy's 33-yard field goal.
Kentucky got a 29-yard field goal from Craig McIntosh after a 15-play drive that consumed the first 7:23 of the second half. The Wildcats would not score again in Joker Phillips' final game as head coach.Tennessee led 14-7 after one quarter.Bray passed 21 yards to Zach Rogers on the game's first possession, but Kentucky answered with a sustained drive. Alcoa's D.J. Warren scored on a 1-yard pass from Jalen Whitlow.
The Vols went ahead 14-7 on A.J. Johnson's 2-yard run, then later had a TD pass wiped off by a holding penalty on Tiny Richardson.
The Vols stretched their lead to 20-7 early in the second quarter on a 42-yard TD pass from Bray to Justin Hunter. The PAT was blocked.
Kentucky responded, though, when Jonathan George broke a 45-yard touchdown run that looked all too familiar to Tennessee fans.
Hunter then dropped what would have been a first-down catch in Kentucky territory and that was the Vols' last threat of the half.