Daryl Dickey passed for three touchdowns in the third quarter and also ran for a score as No. 16 Tennessee shut out Kentucky, 42-0, in a Southeastern Conference game yesterday in Lexington, Ky., continuing on course for a bid to the Sugar Bowl.

Tennessee is 7-1-2 overall and 4-1 in the conference. The Volunteers need a victory at home next week against Vanderbilt to win their first conference championship since 1969 and gain a berth in the Sugar Bowl.

"I plan to savor this victory today," Tennessee Coach Johnny Majors said. "Tomorrow, we will start getting ready for Vanderbilt."

Kentucky finished 5-6 overall, 1-5 in the SEC. It was Kentucky's worst defeat since a 45-0 loss to Alabama in 1980 and Tennessee's biggest margin over the Wildcats since 1970.

"This is one of the most embarrassing losses I've been associated with," Kentucky Coach Jerry Claiborne said.

Dickey -- who has guided the Volunteers since starter Tony Robinson was injured in Tennessee's victory over Alabama Oct. 19 -- completed 11 of 18 passes for 182 yards. He is the son of former Tennessee coach and current Athletic Director Doug Dickey.

After the Volunteers managed only 70 yards total offense and two field goals in the first half, Dickey led them to touchdowns on their first three possessions of the second half.

Dickey hit wide receiver Tim McGee from 37 yards out and Tennessee completed a two-point conversion to take a 14-0 lead 3:29 into the third quarter. The senior quarterback then passed to McGee for a 12-yard score and threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Joey Clinkscales to extend the lead to 28-0.