7 p.m. kickoff for UT vs. UK

Posted Nov 17, 2009

The Tennessee-Kentucky football series is moving to prime time for the first time in its 105-year history.

Kickoff on Nov. 28 is 7 p.m., with ESPNU carrying the telecast from Lexington's Commonwealth Stadium. UT now will have played every SEC opponent at least once in a nighttime kickoff.

The game also marks Tennessee's third November appearance this year on ESPNU, which is ESPN's 24-hour collegiate sports network. The Vols made their ESPNU debut on Nov. 7 in a 56-28 win over Memphis, and Saturday's home finale against Vanderbilt also is scheduled for ESPNU.

Tennessee leads the series against the Wildcats 72-23-9, having won the last 24 in a row. It's the longest active winning streak over one opponent in major college football and ties for the 11th-longest streak in history. Kentucky last victory over UT was 17-12 in 1984 at Neyland Stadium. The last time the Wildcats beat the Vols at Commonwealth Stadium was 21-10 in 1981.

Recent games, however, have been anything but one-sided, including 2007's four-overtime classic in Lexington. The Vols won that one 52-50, and other close Tennessee victories of late have been 37-31 in 2004 and 17-12 in 2006. Last season, UT won 28-10 in Phillip Fulmer?s UT coaching finale.

Tennessee's first night kickoff resulted in a 13-0 win at LSU in 1944. Other first nighttime starts against the current SEC alignment were: Mississippi State 1964, Auburn 1968, Florida 1971, Arkansas 1971 (Liberty Bowl), Georgia 1980, Mississippi 1983, Alabama 1987, Vanderbilt 1996 and South Carolina 2001.

SEC games being televised over the Thanksgiving weekend in addition to UT-Kentucky are Alabama at Auburn on CBS (Friday at 1:30 p.m. Central), Clemson at South Carolina on ESPN (noon Eastern), Ole Miss at Mississippi State on the SEC Network (11:21 a.m. Central), Florida State at Florida on CBS (3:30 p.m. Eastern), Arkansas at LSU on ESPN (6 p.m. Central) and Georgia at Georgia Tech on ABC (8 p.m. Eastern).

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