Vols seniors play on

UT stretches streak against UK to 26

KNOXVILLE - Definitely more than 30 and probably more than 40 entered as scholarship or nonscholarship players. By Saturday afternoon, there were 15 seniors left in the University of Tennessee football program.

It was a shortened senior day in Neyland Stadium.

Those who stayed had a fine time, though.

The Volunteers finished a perfect November and secured bowl eligibility with their fourth consecutive win - a 24-14 victory over Kentucky.

"We're not champions, but we're not quitters, either," senior wide receiver Gerald Jones said. "We were 2-6, but we never quit. Nobody can ever call us quitters."

Most of the 15 seniors practically had to be dragged off Shields-Watkins Field after the game.

The locker-room celebration temporarily took a back seat to hugs and high-fives from many of the 101,170 spectators who stayed in Neyland well after the final whistle.