Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Vols Enhance Position by Pounding Kentucky

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Vols Enhance Position by Pounding Kentucky

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Cory Fleming caught two touchdown passes, setting a Tennessee record for career TD receptions with 18, and Charlie Garner rushed 19 times for 186 yards and another score as the No. 7 Volunteers crushed Kentucky 48-0 on Saturday.

Tennessee (8-1-1, 5-1-1 Southeastern Conference) handed Kentucky (6-5, 4-4) its worst shutout loss since a 55-0 drubbing by Centre in 1921.

Fleming's first score came on an 8-yard pass from Heath Shuler, capping a 10-play, 81-yard drive on Tennessee's first possession with 9:35 left in the first quarter.

Fleming's second TD came on Shuler's 19-yard strike with 5:04 remaining in the third period for a 24-0 advantage. The play came after the Volunteers drew a personal foul after driving to the Kentucky 4.

Garner, who has rushed for 1,010 yards this season, scored on a 6-yard run with 16 seconds remaining in the half for a 17-0 advantage.

***** Florida 52, Vanderbilt 0

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The Gators (9-1, 7-1) earned a berth in the SEC championship game for a second successive year, then walked off the field without celebrating .

"Last year, I think it was a major accomplishment for that team to win the Eastern Division," coach Steve Spurrier said after Florida extended the nation's second-longest home winning streak to 23 games. "We don't feel like it is as major accomplishment for this team. Don't get me wrong. It's a nice accomplishment. I guess we're just hoping to take some pictures later on."

Perhaps as importantly, the Gators played almost flawlessly in the final tune-up for next week's regular-season finale against Florida State.

Vanderbilt (4-6, 1-6) had eight turnovers.

Terry Dean threw touchdown passes of 18 and 4 yards to Aubrey Hill and scored on a sloppily executed wide receiver pass from Chris Doering before being benched in the second quarter with Florida leading 24-0 but sputtering on offense.

***** Texas A&M 59, TCU 3

FORT WORTH, Texas - Texas A&M (9-1, 6-0) earned at least a tie for the Southwest Conference title by winning its 21st consecutivert conference game.

Greg Hill ran 94 yards for one of his two touchdowns and Corey Pullig passed for two scores. …

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