Quarter by quarter: How Kentucky lost

November 28, 2010 

First quarter

Summary: Tennessee returned the opening kickoff to the Kentucky 17 but the defense answered and the Volunteers missed a field goal. The UK offense came out sharp with an 80-yard touchdown drive. The Wildcats later were at the Tennessee 1-yard line and fumbled.

Thumbs up: Fast start? Kentucky outgained Tennessee 152-28 in the opening quarter.

Thumbs down: The fumble kept UK from a big lead and completely turned the momentum.

Second quarter

Summary: Following the fumble, Tennessee easily went 80 yards, all through the air. Then a 17-yard Ryan Tydlacka punt gave the Volunteers the ball at their own 39 and two pass plays gave Tennessee a 14-7 lead. The UK offense sputtered.

Thumbs up: UK held UT to minus-6 yards rushing in the half and stopped two other threats.

Thumbs down: UK's pass defense allowed big plays and 177 passing yards in the quarter.

Third quarter

Summary: Kentucky tied it 14-14 with an impressive 71-yard drive to open the half. The Wildcats had regained momentum until a fake punt at its own 24 kept a Tennessee drive alive. Later in the quarter, a 73-yard scoring drive gave the Volunteers the lead.

Thumbs up: A Mychal Bailey interception in the end zone stopped a crucial UT drive.

Thumbs down: At one point UK had run 64 plays to 21 for UT but it was 14-14.

Fourth quarter

Summary: After a Kentucky drive came up empty, Tennessee went 61 yards to kick a field goal and go up 24-14. The UK offense never got going, and a Mike Hartline interception at the 4:55 mark assured it will be another year before UK can end the streak.

Thumbs up: A fifth straight bowl appearance for Kentucky probably awaits.

Thumbs down: Trailing 21-14, Kentucky punted facing fourth-and-2 at the Tennessee 37.

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