4. Both sides had special teams miscues.
It started with Kentucky. When they scored a touchdown to seemingly tie the game up, they had their extra point blocked, which allowed Tennessee football to hold onto a 7-6 lead. There was actually a brief moment when you thought the Vols might run it back for two points on the play.
However, then the Vols scored another touchdown, and after a penalty pushed the field goal back, a bad snap resulted in Chase McGrath missing his second extra point in three weeks. McGrath also made an uncharacteristic move in the second half, as he missed a 37-yard field goal. Generally, he’s automatic on extra points and field goals within 40 yards.
Kentucky also had an 18-yard punt that was nearly blocked due to a bad snap, and the Vols were able to easily march down the field and score easily after that. None of these plays ended up mattering too much, but it’s interesting that they plagued both teams. If there is an area where the Vols weren’t clean, it was here.
Still, the Vols had plenty of success on special teams as well. Dee Williams had a 34-yard return, and nobody had any real return on them. It was just UT’s place-kicking that made this a both-sides thing. Overall, though, it plagued Kentucky much worse.