Tennessee avoided what would have been it’s first 8-loss season. The Vols also avoided a first-ever winless SEC season. But that is not the real story of this game. Read More…
As a Wildcat receiver for four years, senior Matt Roark did little. As Kentucky’s quarterback for a single afternoon, he did what numerous Wildcat quarterbacks could not do for more than a quarter century — beat Tennessee. Matt Roark is now a legend in the annals of Kentucky Wildcat football. His opponents on Saturday are now infamous, having lost their seventh conference game this season, the most conference losses in the annals of Tennessee Volunteer football.
Kentucky Wildcats vs. Tennessee VolunteersSaturday 26 November 2011 | 12:21 pm EST Commonwealth Stadium (67,606) | Lexington, KY | SEC Network
Johnny Majors spoke at a function in Chattanooga Monday evening and remarked that if the Vols defeat Kentucky on Saturday in Lexington, the comeback win last week over Vandy will be the turning point in Derek Dooley’s career. That means that the moment Las Vegas revealed Vanderbilt as a favorite over the host Vols before last week’s game will be officially labeled ‘the bottom’. Of course, all that goes up in smoke if the ‘Cats defeat Tennessee, and that would be a far worse bottom. And, it would break The Streak. And nothing comes easy for Tennessee in this series that, no matter how lopsided the W-L tally, is always a hard-fought contest.
On November 24, 1984, Kentucky defeated Tennessee, 17-12, in Knoxville, to wrap up a 9-year span (1976-1984) during which the the Battle for the Beer Barrel was competitive — Tennessee won five games and Kentucky won four during that stretch.
If you are searching for something to be thankful for on this Thaksgiving Day, consider this — your team, your school, has defeated one of your arch-rivals 26 consecutive years. It is the longest current winning streak by one team over another in NCAA football.
Yes, that game in 1984 was the last time the Wildcats defeated the Vols in football.
The last time Kentucky beat Tennessee…