The Tennessee Volunteers have had better starts to a football game than Saturday’s first half against the Kentucky Wildcats.

After a scoreless first quarter, things took a turn when Kentucky’s Kelvin Joseph picked off Vols’ QB Jarrett Guarantano and returned it for a touchdown.

That’s a bad turn for Tennessee but they seemed to be putting it behind them on the ensuing drive. Guarantano drove the Vols down the field and got deep into Wildcat territory. However, it was all for not when linebacker Jamin Davis snagged yet another interception and returned it 85 yards for yet another pick-six.

Both interceptions were pretty rough to watch and that was all Jeremy Pruitt needed to see to make a change at quarterback. He inserted JT Shrout into the game hoping to change the momentum. Instead, Shrout threw yet another interception, this one a beautiful takeaway by safety Tyrell Ajian.

Hey, at least it wasn’t returned for a touchdown? That’s progress.

Kentucky did kick a field goal to go up 17-0 before Tennessee finally calmed down and scored a touchdown of their own. But they’re going to have a heck of a time trying to come back from all these mistakes, especially if the trend continues in the second half.

Let’s make sure we give Kentucky plenty of credit for the takeaways, though. Clearly, they’re very good at this.

[A Sea of Blue]

About Sean Keeley

A graduate of Syracuse University, Sean Keeley is the creator of the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and author of 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse related things for SB Nation, Curbed, Neighborhoods.com, and many other outlets. He currently lives in Chicago.