Kentucky-Tennessee Postgame Notes

Kentucky-Tennessee Postgame Notes

OCT. 28, 2023  

FINAL SCORE: No. 21/20 Tennessee 33, Kentucky 27

Team Records and Series Information

  • Kentucky is 5-3 overall and 2-3 in the Southeastern Conference, while Tennessee is 6-2 on the season and 3-2 in the league.
  • Tennessee leads the series, 84-26-9 and has won the last three meetings.
    • Tennessee leads in games played in Lexington, 40-15-3.
  • Next for UK: Kentucky plays at Mississippi State on Nov. 4.
    • Game time is 7:30 p.m. ET (6:30 p.m. CT in Starkville) and it will be televised on the SEC Network.


Team Notes

  • Kentucky’s offense set season highs in passing completions (28), passing attempts (39), passing yards (372), total plays (63) and first downs (24).
  • The 17 points in the second quarter are the most for Kentucky in any quarter against Tennessee for any game played in Lexington.
  • The 27 total points are the first time UK has scored at least 27 vs. Tennessee in consecutive games since 1995 and 1997.
  • It marked the second time that UK has had a 300-yard passing game in consecutive home games vs. Tennessee.
    • The other occurrence was three times in a row — 1997, 1999 and 2001.


Player Notes

  • Quarterback Devin Leary completed 28 of 39 passes for 372 yards, all season highs. He threw two touchdowns with no interceptions.
    • It marked his second 300+ yard passing game at Kentucky and the 10th of his career.
  • Running back Ray Davis led UK on the ground with 16 carries for 42 yards, including a seven-yard touchdown.
    • Davis has scored a touchdown in all eight games this season, extending his school record as the first Wildcat to score a TD in the first eight games of a season in school history, based on single-game statistics available since the 1940s.
      • He is the first Wildcat to score a TD in eight straight games since Randall Cobb in 2009.
  • Wide receiver Dane Key had a career-high seven receptions for a career-high 113 yards, including a seven-yard touchdown receiving.
    • The TD reception marked his third this season and the ninth of his career.
    • It marked his first 100+ yard receiving game of his career.
    • His seven receptions are a single-game high for Kentucky in 2023.
  • Wide receiver Barion Brown had five receptions for 58 yards, including an 11-yard touchdown reception.
    • The TD reception marked his second of the season and the sixth of his career.
    • He improved his streak of 21 straight games with a reception, which is every game of his college career.
    • He has 962 career yards receiving, needing just 38 more to become the 33rd player in school history to eclipse 1,000.
  • Tight end Jordan Dingle had four receptions for 61 yards. Four catches tied his career high.
  • Running back Demie Sumo-Karngbaye had a season-high-tying three receptions for 24 yards and one carry for two yards.
  • In his first collegiate start, freshman defensive back Ty Bryant led Kentucky with a career-high 12 tackles.
    • His 12 tackles tie the single-game high for Kentucky in 2023.
  • Inside linebacker Trevin Wallace and middle linebacker D’Eryk Jackson had 11 tackles apiece.
    • Jackson added a team-high and a career-high-tying two tackles for loss (-2 yards). It is his third double-figure tackling game of his career.
    • It is Wallace’s third double-figure tackling game of his career.
  • Sophomore defensive back Jordan Robinson made his first start at Kentucky.
    • He had started in 2021 at Livingstone College.
  • Kicker Alex Raynor hit 2-of-3 of his field goal attempts, including a pair of 28-yard field goals, and 3-of-3 of his extra point attempts.
    • His first field goal made him 7-of-7 this season, breaking the school record for most consecutive field goals made at the beginning of a career. The previous record of six was held by Joe Mansour (2013) and Miles Butler (all four in 2015, first two of 2018).
  • Game captains: Deone Walker, Eli Cox, J.J. Weaver, Devin Leary

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