Vols and Wildcats stumbling early

September, 5, 2009
9/05/09
1:33
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Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Forde


The Southeastern Conference deserves every bit of best-in-show hype it's gotten this preseason. But neither Tennessee nor Kentucky managed to score in the first quarter against Western Kentucky and Miami (Ohio), respectively.

Somewhere Phil Fulmer might have cracked a smile over the Volunteers' interception, fumble and roughing-the-passer penalty that kept alive a Hilltoppers drive. It was not a glorious start to the Lane Kiffin Era.

That said, Western Kentucky is way overmatched up front on both sides of the line. If Tennessee knocks off the errors, that game figures to get ugly quickly.

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