KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Kentucky went over 600 yards of offense and lost.
The Wildcats couldn’t convert in the red zone and their defense was exposed by Josh Dobbs, Alvin Kamara and company in the 49-36 loss.
Kentucky will have to wait two more years for its first potential win in Knoxville since 1984.
Here’s how it played out Saturday:
It all fell apart for Kentucky late in the third quarter. After coming away with three field goals on prior red zone trips, Kentucky couldn’t even get that as freshman running back Benny Snell picked a bad time for his first career fumble.
Snell coughed up the ball on Tennessee’s 4-yard line with 5:41 left in the third quarter. Kentucky was down 28-16 and a touchdown would’ve made it a game. Red zone opportunities were spoiled all day, but Snell’s fumble was the most rotten for the Wildcats.
How can Kentucky solve its passing game issues with just two games left?
Stephen Johnson was 12-29 for 192 yards. He wasn’t at his best Saturday, but he got little help from his wide receivers. The passing game bogs down the offense in the red zone when Tennessee and other defenses know a run is coming.
Kentucky has quite the backfield with Snell, Boom Williams and Jojo Kemp, but the passing game has to at least keep defenses guessing. The Wildcats rushed for 443 yards.
Kentucky had 633 yards and lost by double digits.