Vols' Heupel proud of 60-minute effort in close win at Kentucky

AP photo by Michael Clubb / Tennessee linebacker Solon Page III dances in celebration after the Volunteers' victory Saturday night against Kentucky in Lexington.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Perhaps Tennessee's 45-42 outlasting of Kentucky at Kroger Field on Saturday night will be viewed as the first signature victory of the Josh Heupel era given that the Wildcats were ranked No. 18 in the country.

Perhaps it won't due to the historical dominance the Volunteers have displayed in this series.

Whatever the opinion, Tennessee's triumph won't be forgotten any time soon, as the big-play Vols had enough to overcome Kentucky's 612 yards on 99 plays that consumed 46 minutes and eight seconds of possession time. The Vols, by comparison, had 461 yards on 47 snaps and had the football for just 13:53.

"It was a great night for our guys," Heupel said. "I'm really proud of their effort and energy and being willing to compete for 60 minutes.