Kentucky football: Wildcats grind it to the very end in bazaar fashion to win

Kentucky Wildcats wide receiver Dane Key (Credit: William Purnell-USA TODAY Sports
Kentucky Wildcats wide receiver Dane Key (Credit: William Purnell-USA TODAY Sports /
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Kentucky Wildcats wide receiver Dane Key (6) touchdown catch. (Credit: William Purnell-USA TODAY Sports) /

No. 4 When Will Levis and Dane Key hook up it usually means six points

There is something amazing that happens when Will Levis finds Dane Key open, and sometimes even when he isn’t.

Key pulled in a 9-yard touchdown pass on Kentucky’s opening drive stunning the defender who watched Key get the Cats on the board early.  That capped off an 8-play 71-yard drive that gave the Wildcats a 7-0 lead with 9:33 to play.

Key set a freshman touchdown record with that reception giving him four for the season. The pair connected for an opening-drive touchdown for the first time since the Northern Illinois game.

For his second score, he caught a 22-yard touchdown pass under six minutes in the fourth quarter pulling it in at the six-yard line, spinning the defender, and sprinting to the endzone that pushed UK back in front. Each of the touchdown grabs came on third and long the first 3rd-and-goal at the 9-yard line and 3rd-and-11 on the 22.

Levis made it very clear he just wanted to win this game no matter what the stats ended up being or how it came about.

He completed 12-of-18 passes for 170 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions or fumbles. It was the sixth game he has thrown three touchdowns. He now is fifth in UK history with 40 scoring throws.

He also connected with Barrrion Brown three times for 44 yards and Jordan Dingle three times for 33 yards and a touchdown.