Kentucky football: Night of horror in blowout loss leaves season in serious flux

Kentucky quarterback Will Levis (Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports)
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Tennessee’s Doneiko Slaughter and Kentucky’s Dane Key. (Photo by Eakin Howard/Getty Images) /

Kentucky football just couldn’t keep Vols from doing whatever they wanted

Try as they might Kentucky just couldn’t keep Tennessee from doing what it wanted when it wanted. Of course, all 7 other teams that have fallen to the Vols this season can say the same thing.

The defense gave up too many and way too easy wide-open touchdowns including a 55-yarder on their first drive. Although the Vols were only 5 for 12 on third downs they were 2 for 2 on fourth down both in a drive that resulted in a touchdown.

But the offense didn’t do anything to help either.

They had multiple chances to keep pace but Tayvion Robinson dropped a third-down pass that had the potential for a breakaway for over a 50-yard touchdown.

Then there was the third-down pass to Dane Key that was behind the first-down marker anyway. Key was throttled with a massive hit that sent the tipped pass right into the waiting arms of Vols. They nearly took it to the house had it not been for Levis saving the score along the sideline.

UK had four 3-and-outs that netted negative16 yards.

Big Blue opened the second half with the ball but went three-and-out, and then Levis tossed consecutive picks on the next two possessions.

Tennessee finished with 422 yards of offense to Kentucky’s 205. Hendon Hooker was 19 of 25 for 245 yards three touchdowns and no interceptions. He also ran for a score.

Kentucky will go on the road next week to Missouri to try and right the ship with a Noon EST kickoff on the SEC Network.