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Tennessee Football Top 25 Plays of 2015 #24: Darrin Kirkland Steals the Screen

Look before you leap, Patrick Towles.

Bryan Lynn-USA TODAY Sports

Tennessee had taken a 24-14 lead at Kentucky at halftime then drove 75 yards in 9 plays to open the third quarter, extending their advantage to 31-14.  After a 3-4 start with so many heartbreaking losses, no one was taking a 17 point lead for granted.

But three plays later, Darrin Kirkland Jr. enabled Vol fans to take their first in-game sigh of relief against an FBS foe since the fourth quarter of the season opener.

This play is in part on now former Wildcat quarterback Patrick Towles, who fires blindly back to the other side where Kentucky is setting up the screen.  But Kirkland is there too, and probably a bit surprised to find the ball hitting him in the numbers.  He might lose a few points for allowing Towles to make the tackle and deny him the pick six, but the true freshman's first career interception was still impressive and continued Tennessee's rout in Lexington.