Searching for a win in Knoxville for the first time in 34 years, No. 11 Kentucky found nothing but bad football in the second quarter of a 24-7 loss to Tennessee.
Kentucky’s offense ran 15 plays in the second quarter. They gained only one yard.
It’s tough to pinpoint exactly where the Cats went wrong because nothing went right. Receivers dropped passes and offensive linemen missed blocks. You can blame every single player and coach for the offensive ineptitude, and yet, the defense wasn’t much better.
Despite UK’s offensive struggles, Kentucky only trailed 3-0 with less than five minutes remaining in the first half. Six plays and 81 yards later, Tennessee scored their first touchdown. After a UK three and out, the Vols appeared to wave the white flag by running the football, yet somehow the defense still let this happen as time expired.
Vols Hail Mary! ? pic.twitter.com/GwgfWeay3d
— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) November 10, 2018
Kentucky tried to throw its way back into the game after a few Tennessee turnovers, but it was too little too late.
It’s been a tough week to be a Kentucky fan. After all the painful losses, it’s hard to remember that this team could still finish 9-3 to play in a New Year’s bowl game. The Cats must press the reset button quickly, or a season with so much potential could be soured by a catastrophic conclusion.