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The Tennessee tempo proves difficult for the Kentucky Wildcats

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — The Tennessee tempo seemed difficult for the Kentucky defense, as the Vols took home the win with a 44-6 lead in a packed-out Neyland Stadium.

The connection between Hendon Hooker and Jalin Hyatt goes back to their childhood basketball days and the relationship between the two cannot be ignored. The duo accounted for a 31-yard and 55-yard touchdown.


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In his second touchdown of the night, Hyatt passed the school record for single-season receiving touchdowns with 14 this year.

Defensively the Volunteers were tight, one of the biggest highlights coming from Tennessee’s Doneiko Slaughter who had a massive hit on Will Levis, forcing an interception that was picked off by Juwan Mitchell and returned for 45-yards.

Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker (5) rolls out to pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Kentucky, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)Tennessee running back Jaylen Wright (20) dives into the end zone for a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Kentucky, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)Tennessee wide receiver Jalin Hyatt (11) catches a pass in the end zone for a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Kentucky, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)Tennessee running back Jaylen Wright (20) is congratulated by teammates after scoring a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Kentucky, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)Tennessee linebacker Juwan Mitchell (10) returns an interception during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Kentucky, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)Tennessee linebacker Juwan Mitchell (10) is tackled by Kentucky running back JuTahn McClain (17) after an interception during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)Tennessee wide receiver Cedric Tillman (4) runs for yardage after making a catch during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Kentucky, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)Tennessee tight end Princeton Fant (88) runs in for a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Kentucky, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)Tennessee tight end Princeton Fant (88) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Kentucky, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker prepares to throw to a receiver during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Kentucky, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)Kentucky running back Chris Rodriguez Jr. (24) dives for yardage as he is tackled by Tennessee defensive lineman Roman Harrison (30) during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)Kentucky quarterback Will Levis (7) looks to throw to a receiver during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Tennessee, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)Tennessee wide receiver Jalin Hyatt (11) celebrates a touchdown with offensive lineman Dayne Davis (66) during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Kentucky, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

The defensive power didn’t stop there, the Vols secured two more picks by the likes of Brandon Turnage and Slaughter. Tennessee’s defense held Kentucky to 98 rushing yards and 205 total yards.

Hooker was 19-of-25 for 245 yards and three touchdowns. Hyatt finished the evening with 138 yards and two touchdowns.

Kentucky dominated the time of possession as expected, but it was no problem for the fast-paced Vols offense, Tennessee running away with a statement 44-6 victory.


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The matchup marked the first time the Volunteers and Wildcats have both been ranked during the contest since 1951. Tennessee is on the road for one of the biggest tests of the season next Saturday at Georgia, kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m.

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