Wildcat Football wins in Knoxville for first time since 1984



Kentucky at Tennessee

Neyland Stadium

Oct. 17, 2020


FINAL SCORE: Kentucky 34, No. 18/17 Tennessee 7


Team Records and Series Information

  • Kentucky is 2-2 and Tennessee is 2-2.
  • Tennessee leads the series 81-26-9.
    • This was UK’s first win in Knoxville since 1984.
    • This was the first time that UK has defeated a ranked Tennessee team in Knoxville.
    • This was UK’s largest margin of victory vs. Tennessee since a 27-0 win in 1935.
    • This was UK’s largest margin of victory in Knoxville since the first game of the series, a 56-0 win in 1893.
    • At 116 games, it is UK’s most-played rivalry, and the third-most played rivalry in SEC history.
  • Next for Kentucky: the Wildcats are at Missouri on Saturday, Oct. 24.  Game time is 4 p.m. ET (3 p.m. CT in Columbia) and it will be televised by the SEC Network.   


Team Notes

  • Kentucky’s last win over a ranked SEC team was in 2018 at home over No. 14 Mississippi State.
  • Kentucky’s last road win over a ranked SEC team was 2018 at Florida.
  • This is the largest margin of victory on the road vs. an Associated Press-ranked team in school history.
  • UK got interceptions on three consecutive possessions in the second quarter, returning the first two for touchdowns.
    • It was the first time that UK had defensive touchdowns in consecutive games since 2015, when Mike Edwards (vs. Charlotte) and Josh Forrest (vs. Louisville) had interception touchdowns.
    • It was the first time that UK had two defensive touchdowns in the same game since 2014 vs. Louisiana-Monroe, when Josh Forrest and Marcus McWilson had interception touchdowns.
  • Kentucky has nine interceptions in two games, most in a two-game stretch since 1993 vs. Kent State (two) and Florida (seven).
  • This is the fewest points UK has allowed in consecutive weeks vs. SEC opponents (nine) since 1976 vs. Florida and at Tennessee (also nine).
  • Kentucky played a dominant second half, winning 17-0.
    • UK offensive possessions were touchdown, field goal, touchdown and a 65-yard drive to run out the clock.
    • The UK defense allowed only 84 yards in the second half, 65 of which did not come until Tennessee’s final possession.


Player Notes

· UK’s game captain was linebacker Boogie Watson.

· Senior quarterback Terry Wilson completed 12 of 15 passes for 101 yards and a touchdown.

  • He also had eight carries for a net 32 yards.

· Sophomore running back Chris Rodriguez led the Wildcats on the ground with 13 carries for 73 yards, including a two-yard touchdown run that closed the scoring.

· Senior running back A.J. Rose rushed for 22 yards.

  • Rose now has 1,497 career rushing yards, moving past Mike Fanuzzi for 22nd place in school history.

· Junior wide receiver Allen Dailey Jr. caught a one-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter. It is his first TD of the season and second of his career. For the game, he caught three passes for 25 yards.

· Senior wide receiver Josh Ali paced the Wildcats receiving with four catches for 38 yards.

· Sophomore cornerback Kelvin Joseph jumped the route on a short sideline pass in the second quarter, intercepting the pass and racing 41 yards for a touchdown.

  • He also had an interception last Saturday vs. Mississippi State. For the game, he also had four tackles and a pass breakup.

· Following Joseph’s TD return, junior linebacker Jamin Davis intercepted a pass over the middle and returned it 85 yards for a touchdown. He went on to have a career-high 12 tackles.

  • Davis also had an interception last week vs. Mississippi State and has four in his career.
  • It is the eighth-longest interception return in school history and Kentucky’s longest interception return since David Johnson had a 95-yard TD return at Cincinnati in 1986.
  • It is UK’s longest interception return vs. an SEC opponent since Darryl Bishop had a 97-yard runback in 1972.
  • It is UK’s longest interception return in an SEC road game since Joe Stephan had an 89-yarder at Florida in 1969.

· Following Davis’ TD return, junior safety Tyrell Ajian had an interception, setting up a field goal. It is Ajian’s third-career interception.

· Senior linebacker Boogie Watson wore uniform No. 22 today in honor of teammate Chris Oats, who is dealing with a serious medical condition.

  • Watson had six tackles, including a six-yard quarterback sack, plus a QB hurry. 
  • It is his team-high third sack of the season and he has 16.5 in his career, one short of Jeremy Jarmon for fifth place in school history.

· Redshirt freshman linebacker J.J. Weaver had six tackles, including two for loss, both career highs.

· Senior punter Max Duffy punted three times for a 46.7-yard average. 

· Senior kicker Matt Ruffolo made all of his kicks today, field goals of 30 and 27 yards, plus all four extra points.