published Sunday, November 27th, 2011

Wide receiver at QB position leads Kentucky past Tennessee Vols

Tennessee's  Tauren Poole is wrapped up by Kentucky's Taylor Wyndham during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, Nov 26, 2011.
Tennessee's Tauren Poole is wrapped up by Kentucky's Taylor Wyndham during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, Nov 26, 2011.
(AP Photo by James Crisp)

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- One streak continued Saturday afternoon at Kentucky's Commonwealth Stadium.

It certainly wasn't the one anyone -- especially the Tennessee Volunteers -- was expecting.

With a wide receiver playing quarterback, the Wildcats ended a 26-year losing streak to the Vols with a surprising 10-7 win that will keep UT home for the bowl season and in the cellar of the Southeastern Conference's East Division.

"What an amazing game," Kentucky coach Joker Phillips said. "Who would pick out Matt Roark as the [quarterback] who broke the streak?"

It's the first time that Tennessee has lost seven SEC games in a football season. The Vols will miss a bowl game for the second time in four seasons and finish with a losing record for the fourth time in the last seven years.

All of second-year UT coach Derek Dooley's 14 losses UT have come with the Vols tied or trailing at the half, but this was the most inexplicable.

"Real bad ending to a real bad season, and it's hard to really say much more than that," Dooley said somberly. "Give Kentucky a lot of credit. They played a lot more inspired football than we did. Now we've got to begin our climb up, because I do believe at some point we were going to hit a place that wasn't good, and we were kind of headed in this direction all along.

"We just couldn't fight our way out of it. Real disappointing, but we're going to have to learn from it and we're going to have to begin our climb in the offseason when we get back."

Kentucky entered the game with both quarterbacks who have started games this season, Morgan Newton and Maxwell Smith, questionable.

"We thought they might start out in a wildcat, but didn't know it was going to be the whole game," Dooley said. "We had to sit there and basically play wing-T football."

Roark, a 6-foot-5 senior, hadn't played quarterback since his time at North Cobb High School in Acworth, Ga. The Wildcats turned back the clock with Roark running the offense, mixing in speed option plays with zone reads, quarterback sweeps, draws and bootlegs. Kentucky put together only two sustained drives, but that's all it needed.

"He looked like he did in high school," Phillips said. "That's exactly what he looked like. Somebody said coming out we are either the smartest or the dumbest coaching staff for putting him back there. He did an amazing job."

Roark completed four of his six passes for only 15 yards, but he ran 24 times for 124 yards, including a crucial 26-yard scamper on third-and-12 from the UT 33 on the third quarter's last play. UT linebacker Austin Johnson appeared to strip Roark, and Ben Martin recovered the ball for the Vols. The officials ruled on the field that the play was not a fumble.

Dooley challenged the call, but the replay official upheld it.

"I thought the ball was out and we recovered it," Dooley said. "I guess they ... I don't know. I challenged it and I said the ball was out, and they ruled that the ball wasn't out and they didn't overturn it. I don't know. They don't really give you an explanation when they don't overturn it."

Two plays later, CoShik Williams, who chipped in 68 yards on 21 carries, scored from 6 yards out.

When UT quarterback Tyler Bray hit Rajion Neal for a 53-yard score on the third play of the ensuing drive and nearly 13 minutes remaining, the noisy Commonwealth Stadium crowd got quieter, almost as if it was preparing for a similar script to the previous 26 meetings.

Kentucky's defense bowed its collective neck as it had done all day, though. The Wildcats forced two three-and-outs, and Taiedo Smith sealed the win by intercepting Bray's desperation fourth-down pass with 1:27 on the clock and the Vols out of timeouts.

"It's embarrassing," Bray said. "I don't know how many years it's been, but it's been a lot. To be the team that finally breaks [the streak] is really embarrassing."

Bray, who Dooley said was sick nearly all week, completed just 15 of his 38 passes for 215 yards. Kentucky linebacker Ronnie Sneed picked him off in the first half.

Neal had 125 yards receiving on four catches, but he had a fast snap in the wildcat formation go through his hands two plays after a 44-yard catch had given UT the ball at the Kentucky 8.

"There's a lot of ways you can look at it," Dooley said, summing up his team's failed chance to go bowling. "Sometimes you don't get always what you want, but a lot of times you get what you deserve. We're not a good football team. We've got a lot of work that we need to do to be a good football team. We need to go to work at that.

"Going to a bowl will make you think you better than you are. [It] probably wouldn't have helped us, when I look at it. We need to know that there's a lot of things you have to do to be a good player,W and there's a lot of things you have to do to be a good team, and we aren't doing what we need to do, so we don't deserve to get rewarded. That's just how it is."

about Patrick Brown...

Patrick Brown has been the University of Tennessee beat writer since January 2011. A native of Memphis, Brown graduated from UT in May of 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism/Electronic Media and worked at the Knoxville News Sentinel for two years on the sports editorial staff and as a freelance contributor. If it’s the NBA, the NFL or SEC football and basketball, he’s probably reading about it or watching it on TV. Contact him ...

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chet123 said...

Tennessee one of the top 5 college football division I program in America is playing like a Division III football program...

Tennessee have an negative image....this is not Dooley fault nor lane kiffins faults....it goes back to fat boy Phil Fulmer....Just in case the VOLS FAN are still in the dark...this is the talk of the young high school recuits....Tennessee is an Nepotism football program....this goes back to after Peyton Manning Years....Phil Fulmer wasted 8years with Casey Clausen,Rick Clausen,Eric Ainge(was given 4years)...during that span tennessee could not defeat any top ten teams...Auburn owned Tennessee

Fulmer recruited quarterback and turn them into defensive player or they sat on the bench...David Garrard wanted to try out for the Quarterback job at Tennessee...But Phil Fulmer told him he would have to play lineback...He went on to Eastern Carolina to be an NFL star Quarterback and playing in the 2010 pro bowl

November 27, 2011 at 8:40 a.m.
chet123 said...

Also there was C.J. leaks...Phil Fulmer destoyed Leaks career as a quarterback...but leaks also let it be known that because of Fulmer Tennessee was not a friendly programs for black quarterback....

The Systems need to be modified..recruit mobility quarterback..this is why steve spurrie passed up TYLER BRAY..He wanted a quarterback who could move...LSU beat ALABAMA because their quarterback could move...and he killed them.....the last few times tennessee beat florida...it was with quarterback who could move(tee martin ,Brent Schaffer).This Stagma need to be remove from tennessee program....Fulmer started off being a fair man....but he couldnt handle success and the true colors came out of him....

November 27, 2011 at 9:11 a.m.
chet123 said...

Johnny Major....knew how to change with the time.....GIVE ME JOHNNY..anyday!!

Tennessee is on a 10years slide...And they dont know how to stop sliding

November 27, 2011 at 9:14 a.m.
Orange1 said...

Chet if you would get off of your racial pulpit for a minute and do a little research you will find that the last three times UT beat Florida the Quarterbacks were as follows. In 2001 & 2003 it was Casey Clausen and he was not in the least bit a mobile QB. Then in 2004 it was Eric Ainge and I don't think most people would consider him to be very mobile either. As for Tee Martin and Brent Schaffer, Tee beat Florida in 1998 Schaffer never beat Florida in fact the only time he faced them was in 2004 where he went 3/4 for 40 yds passing. Also you say Spurrier passed on Bray ? I don't think South Carolina ever recruited Tyler Bray. If you would like to see a black QB at Tennessee just say so, I have no problem if that is what you want but don't state your opinion as fact if it's not so. I will agree with you that Fulmer handled Chris Leak wrong but other than that everything you have said can be proven wrong with facts, don't take my word for it look them up. And just so you know LSU beat Alabama because Bama has no kicking game

November 27, 2011 at 10:51 a.m.
Ozzy87 said...

Basking in joyfull bliss at Vol misery.

November 27, 2011 at 10:54 a.m.
chet123 said...

ORANGE.....you may be right about one of the Clausen boys....but that where it stop....you are so wrong about Eric Aringe.....Aringe and Schaffer were being alternated...but Aringe got in trouble in the florida game....florida was killing Ainge....that when they place schaffer in....Brent like tee martin...could move his feet..and throw darts at the same time....picking up one first down after another first down....Brent made the major contribution in beating florida....but it dont supprise me you and other tennessee fans would discount Schaffer and give Aringe the credit as you discount Tee Martin who won the National Title on broken plays and gave credit to Phil Fulmer.....Please stop lying and tell the truth....Phil Fulmer stole the credit for the national title....Fulmer was on the side line throwing his cap on the ground....Fat Phil have never been a scheme Coach...thats a fact!!!

This why....Randy Sanders, David Cutcliffe, and John Chavis all have coaching jobs.....ORANGE!...by the way where is Phil Fulmer coaching...hmmmmm...i dont think anyone was stupid enough to hire him....not even Division II or III teams

Tennessee is getting what it deserves...WATCH LSU AND AUBURN and BAMA....they know how to win

HEY ORANGE!!! It look like you are the one who need to do research

November 27, 2011 at 3:04 p.m.
chet123 said...

About numbers and stats...it dont mean nothing if you cant get a first down or win the game.....peyton had better stats than Tee Martin....but Florida beat Peyton 4 straight years......that 0% Tee Martin beat florida 1 out of 2..thats 50%......

And tee martin won the national title for tennessee...dont tell me about Shcaffer passing yardages....when shcaffer threw and ran..more than i can say about these heavy feet quarterback tennessee have now throwing interception in critical situation..and FAT PHIL gave Aringe most of the playing time in that game....but schaffer won the game....

I say to you....stop lying......Tennessee have the most bigot fans....maybe UT need to be in Middle tennessee or west tennessee...east tennessee have too many republican fox tv red necks who cant tell the truth

November 27, 2011 at 3:16 p.m.
chet123 said...

This is why FAT PHIL is sitting at home....not to mention his fat butt snitching on ALABAMA...when he had the same problem

November 27, 2011 at 3:19 p.m.
eastridge8 said...

Hey Chet....you are in good form today...I don't blame Phil for EVERYTHING...but I do agree with you that Phil was doing alot of nothing his last three years and it was a time to change...I just hate we got stuck with a bum like Kiffin...no matter WHAT USC is doing this year he's STILL a no-good SOB!

I'm not happy with Dooley right now either but I am willing to give him another year...NOT two years but one year...if he can't get the job done we need to move on and find another coach...

BUT WHO!!?? The ones we need/want are happy where they are and probably making more money than Tennessee wants to pay and wouldn't come anyway...

So again,I ask the knowledgeable on here...WHO DO WE GET? WHO DO YOU THINK WOULD COME TO TENNESSEE?

November 27, 2011 at 4:06 p.m.
Salsa said...

Johnny Majors? LOL. Old Johnny went 4-7 in his first year. 5-5-1 in his next year.Then 7-5 and then 5-6. So much for knowing how to change. Phat Phil had to come in and rescue the TN program from him.

November 27, 2011 at 6:16 p.m.
jomo11 said...

Don't you guys think it is time that those 1998 license plates that say UTK national champs need to go ? . . . .I mean it has been over 12 years ago. . . . . It is a lot like Ford Motor Co saying " we have automatic transmission" . . . . UTK is just not very relevant on the national scene anymore

November 27, 2011 at 6:27 p.m.
jomo11 said...

Lane Kiffen 9-2 and probably up for national coach of the year honors. . . . Meanwhile. . . Dooley is now 11-14 with only one win against a team that finished the season with a winning record

November 27, 2011 at 6:31 p.m.
Orange1 said...

http://scores.espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=242622633 Chet look at this web site and see for yourself. I find it hard to believe that Schaffer was throwing darts and picking up one first down after another as you say he was when he only had four passes for a total of 40 yards in that game I think you have misunderstood me, I am not a Fulmer fan, it was time for him to go and I was glad when we signed Schaffer it just did not work out. I have no problem with Tee Martin either but surely you are not going to tell me he is a better QB than Manning over their entire carrers. I don't judge a QB by his color I don't care if he is purple with pink spots I choose to go by his stats because they will give you a better idea of what you have. I agree with you Eastridge8 we are not a premier coaching job and I don't know who would come to UT. I bet Chet would like to see Fulmer come back

November 27, 2011 at 6:40 p.m.
dude_abides said...

jomo11... is your name pronounced with a soft J, like the hispanics pronounce Jesus?

November 27, 2011 at 8:26 p.m.
chet123 said...

ORANGE.....WHERE ON HERE DID I SAY TEE MARTIN WAS BETTER THAN PEYTON.....PLEASE SHOW ME WHERE I SAID SUCH A IDIOTIC COMMENT!!!..SO ORANGE...PLEASE DONT PUT WORDS IN MY MOUTH....AND IT WAS BRENT SCHAFFER WHO DID FLORIDA THAT YEAR....AND I'M NOT SAYING TENNESSEE SHOULD HAVE KEPT HIM...BUT FOR THAT ONE GAME HE DEFEATED FLORIDA...NOT ARINGE MY FRIEND....HONESTY IS THE BEST POLICY....

AS TENNESSE FOUND OUT SATURDAY....SOMETIMES YOU CAN WIN WITH HEART!!!! KENTUCKY BEAT US WITH A RECEIVER PLAYING QUARTERBACK!!!!

NUMBERS ARE NOT EVERYTHING! TEBOW IS PROVING THAT WITH THE DENVER BRONCOS

November 28, 2011 at 7:41 a.m.
chet123 said...

SALSA....i'm a Tennessee VOLS fan....but its nuckle-heads like you who make it hard for VOLS football Program to be winners..TOP recruits dont want to come to a school that wont address their impotent coaches..Before Tennessee ran FULMER OfF...Phil Could not even recruit in our own back yarn..Alcoa ALL AMERICA HIGH SCHOOL PLAYER SAID HE WOULD NOT PLAY FOR PHIL FULMER...RANDALL COBB WENT TO PLAY FOR KENTUCKY..RANDALL COBB IS NOW PLAYING FOR THE SUPER BOWL CHAMP GREEN BAY PACKER...You SAY PHIL RESCUE THE PROGRAM ha ha ha ha......IT WAS Johnny MAJOR RECRUITING HEATH SCHULER AND Peyton Manning followed(by the way...Major had a higher bowl win percentage than FAT PHIL)....it was the Major family....it was coach David culcliff, John Chavis defense who found coaching JOBS.....By the way who hired the Great rescurer PHIL FULMER .....SALSA......WAKE-UP!!! you are dreaming...people like you run off high school recruits

November 28, 2011 at 8 a.m.
chet123 said...

I never agree with JOMO11 on anything....but this one issue he is right.....Tennessee FANS need to stop looking back on the National Champion Game of 1999 that Tee Martin Won..but FAT Phil Stole credit for....TODAY high school Recruits were only 6 or 5 years old in 1999.....Recruits only know about ALABAMA,LSU,AUBURN.....also....FAT PHIL character became in question.... AGAIN(HE BACK STABB MAJOR)...WHEN pHIL SNITCHED ON ALABAMA....A LOT OF GOOD THAT DID....SHORTLY AFTER TENNESSEE fOOTBALL PROGRAM START TO UNRAVEL....

November 28, 2011 at 8:10 a.m.
chet123 said...

SALSA....YOU ARE NOT A TENNESSEE VOLS FAN....YOU ARE A FAT PHIL FAN....NO REAL VOLS WOULD DARE SAY SUCH FOOLISHNESS.....BY THE WAY jOHNNY MAJOR WAS 12-0 WITH A NATIONAL TITLE BEFORE COMING TO TENNESSEE....LIKE DOOLEY HE HAD TO REBUILD...AND HE STARTED REBUILDING WITH HIS FIRST YEAR 4-7 TEAM..SO DONT TRY TO DIMINISH jOHNNY RECORD WITH YOUR SELECTED STATS, BUDDY..LOOK AT THE FULL PICTURE.....AS DOOLEY IS HAVING TO DO...BUT MAJOR TURNED THE FOOTBALL PROGRAM AROUND....MAJOR HAD MORE UPSET VICTORIES THAN FAT PHIL......HE BEAT THE #1 TEAM IN THE NATION(MIAMI) WITH 2&3STARS RECRUITS....BIGGEST UPSET IN TENNESSE HISTORY..... HIS BOWL WIN PERCENTAGE WAS HIGHER(PHIL WENT INTO MOST BOWL FAVORED BUT GOT TENNESSE EMBARESS).....PHIL WAS NOT A SCHEME COACH....I WILL NERVER FORGET WHEN HE GOT ARINGE SHOULDER BROKE ON A BONE HEADED LAST SECOND CALL GOING INTO HALF TIME....HIS RESPONSE WAS...."THE FAN WANTED ME TO DO IT" ...WHAT A BONE HEAD COMMENT HA HA HA

November 28, 2011 at 8:30 a.m.
Orange1 said...

Hey Chet here is an idea, Why don't we just make it to where every player and every coach on every team is black. While we are at it let's go for all the adminstrators being black as well. That would make you as happy as a lark and maybe they would operate the NCAA in the same manner as our multi cultural chamber of commerce ! You're a silly man and I'm done wasting my time with you

November 28, 2011 at 6:27 p.m.
chet123 said...

ORANGE...to talk such foolishness you got to be a republican..i'm glad to hear you express your true colors...i knew it all alone..i just wanted to hear you say it ...you get angry because of the truth, ainge was a bust..also he was a drug head...he couldnt make the nfl.he got his starting job because FAT PHIL played the nepotism game....maybe you should just go and see a game of hockey.....that way you wont have to compromise with black players....or maybe go and see a curling game.....VOLS FANS LIKE YOU IS WHY TENNESSEE IS AT THE BOTTOM..and everybody is laughing.....BAMA,LSU,AUBURN, laughing.....you may not know this but the rumor is as long as Tennessee have APPLANCIAN hillbilly's that think like you we are DOOMED....and by the way "Gomer" ...the Univ.Tennessee President is black!!!!

November 28, 2011 at 7:13 p.m.
chet123 said...

This is why Tennesse need to take a close look....people like this orange fool...hurt the school......Hes not a Real Tennessee Vols Fan....hes a FAT PHIL BUTT KISSER!

November 28, 2011 at 7:18 p.m.
chet123 said...

I SEE ORANGE HAVE GRAB HIS LITTLE FOOTBALL AND RUN HOME CRYING TO MAMA...I HAVE ONE THING TO SAY ABOUT ORANGE WHINEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! WHINEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

November 28, 2011 at 9:40 p.m.
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