Kentucky hangs historically bad defeat on suddenly reeling Tennessee

SEC photo / Kentucky defensive back Kelvin Joseph leaps in celebration in the end zone after returning his interception of Tennessee quarterback Jarrett Guarantano 41 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter of Saturday's game in Knoxville. It provided the first points of the game, and the Wildcats never trailed on their way to a 34-7 win against the No 18 Vols.

KNOXVILLE - The Kentucky Wildcats rewrote a lot of football history Saturday afternoon inside Neyland Stadium, tormenting Tennessee 34-7 for their first victory as visitors over the Volunteers since Ronald Reagan's first term in 1984.

It was Kentucky's largest margin of victory over Tennessee ever in Neyland, and it matched the largest win by the Wildcats over the Vols. The first 27-point blowout transpired by a 27-0 score at Lexington in 1935.

"Obviously I could not be more proud of our football team," Wildcats eighth-year coach Mark Stoops said after tasting just his second win in the historically lopsided series.

Tennessee was quite the generous host, providing the Wildcats three first-half interceptions and one first-half fumble that enabled Kentucky to take a 17-7 halftime lead despite managing just 75 yards while allowing 203.