By MIKE KRAFCIK
6 News Reporter
KNOXVILLE (WATE)-- Tennessee said goodbye to its seniors with a 37-17 victory over Kentucky on Saturday afternoon.
The victory over Kentucky marked the first win in SEC play for the Volunteers (5-7, 1-7).
"We won, our first SEC win, we're thrilled to finally win a game in the sec at home," said Volunteer fan Terri Francescon.
The win against Kentucky was one Vols fans were waiting for.
"I'm very pleased with today's performance, I mean all season I thought they kind of quit around halftime or the fourth quarter. It's been very impressive to see they come out and play hard," said James Long of Clarksville.
Although the Vols closed their 2012 campaign with a win, some fans still seemed apathetic.
"I'm happy for the players, the seniors, but honestly it's been a pretty bad season for us overall," said Keith Barber of Knoxville.
The atmosphere inside of the Goal Post Tavern on the strip seemed to be low-key. Volunteer fan Keith Barber watched the second half at Goal Post.
"It's pretty mellow, actually I was at the 1st half of the game, it's mellow there, it's mellow here," Barber said.
The enthusiasm showed inside the stadium as well, with an attendance of 81,481. It was the second least attended game of the season.
"It's as packed as usual. That's the one thing we noticed, it was kind of empty stadium, even the student section was slim," Long said.
Many fans hope the stands will be filled more next year, as they look forward to a new head coach.
"I think next year we can turn it around, as long as we get that coach that's more defensive minded," said Robert Morris of Athens.
"Too early to say, but it'd be nice if they get Gruden," said Long.
The win also means Vols avoid going winless in SEC play this season. The Vols have never finished a season without winning a conference game.
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