The Kentucky Wildcats fought valiantly as they tried to not only win their season-finale, but send Head Coach Joker Phillips off into the sunset a winner in his final game as the UK head football coach. In the end, the explosive Tennessee offense was just too much for the Cats to overcome as they dropped their final game of 2012 to the Volunteers, 37-17, at Neyland Stadium. UK finished with final record of 2-10 in 2012 and 0-8 in the SEC, while UT picked up it’s first SEC win as they finish 5-7 overall and 1-7 in the SEC.
After UT jumped out to a 20-7 lead, the Cats rallied to score the next 10 points and the score stood at 20-17 in the middle of the third-quarter. That’s when the game was broken open by UT, as the Vols scored on the next two possessions to take a 34-17 lead en route to a 37-17 victory.
The UK offense had opportunities to score more points, but they had two fourth-down plays that were just inches short of a first-down, but both times Randy Sanders opted to call outside runs, and both attempts were stuffed.
The Cats’ young secondary that was full of true freshman was picked apart by Tyler Bray, who looked bound for the NFL after a 293, four touchdown performance.
We’ll have a full recap shortly. As for UK football, one could argue the real season begins now as the head coaching search heats up, as well as recruiting not only the high school talent the Cats can get, but also convincing their own players that brighter days are ahead after going 7-17 the past two seasons.