It was a slasher film Kentucky had seen before.
For the second straight week, the Cats' defense was gouged for 480-plus yards and the offense sputtered and stalled.
Special teams was haunted by first a kickoff return for a touchdown, and then a punt return for a touchdown.
And on Halloween night at Commonwealth Stadium, the Cats' futility against Tennessee continued with a 52-21 drubbing.
It was UK's fourth straight loss to the Volunteers and its 30th in the last 31 games of the series.
It started off looking like it was going to be different this time, with the UK defense recording its first touchdown of the season when C.J. Johnson carried a fumble 77 yards for the score to give the Cats a 7-0 advantage.
Kentucky had a 14-10 advantage with 5:30 to go in the first half and, much like what happened in the Mississippi State a week ago, the Cats got blown away by big plays.
In the past two weeks, UK has given up 299 yards and 28 points in the final five minutes of the first half.
On Saturday, it was a 75-yard pass from Joshua Dobbs — who looked like he was inches from being sacked — to Josh Malone for the go-ahead score, 17-14. Then Alvin Kamara dodged many a Kentucky defender on his 63-yard sprint to set up a 1-yard scoring run for Dobbs, his second of the game.
Those scores helped give the Volunteers a 24-14 advantage at the break.
For the game, Tennessee's quarterback had four touchdowns, two on the ground and two in the air. He threw for 233 yards. In his career against UK, the junior has managed 729 yards passing, 151 yards rushing and 11 total touchdowns.
A manageable halftime score got unmanageable in a hurry when first Jalen Hurd scored on a 37-yard pass from Dobbs, and then 42 seconds later, scampered 4 yards into the end zone after a Patrick Towles pass was picked off by Darrin Kirkland. Hurd had 18 carries for 61 yards.
UK looked like it was poised to respond with a 39-yard scoring pass from Towles to Garrett Johnson, but the Volunteers responded with Evan Berry's 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown (his third of the season) and then a few minutes later, an 84-yard punt return for a score for Cameron Sutton.
Kentucky's offense had a putrid first quarter, managing just two yards of offense with its only first down coming via a Volunteers penalty. Towles completed just two of his seven pass tries for three total yards. The Cats were outgained 144-2 in that first quarter.
Early in the second quarter, the Volunteers (4-4, 2-3 Southeastern Conference) went up 10-7 on a 44-yard field goal by Aaron Medley.
UK's offense found itself a bit in the second quarter, going 75 yards in 14 plays to go up 14-10 on a Towles 1-yard touchdown run. A 21-yard Towles scramble on fourth-and-5 had helped keep the drive alive a few plays before.
It was on that drive that the Cats lost leading rusher Boom Williams, who injured his elbow near the end zone and was unable to return. Williams finished the game with four carries for 12 yards.
His replacement, Mikel Horton, had a career night with 109 yards on 14 carries, but it wasn't enough for the Kentucky offense, which finished with 349 total yards to 482 for the Volunteers.
Towles connected on 16 of his 33 passes for 184 yards and a score. The junior also had a 1-yard run for a touchdown in the loss, Kentucky's third straight.
The Wildcats (4-4, 2-4) also saw star wide receiver Johnson go down with an injury in the second half when he took a shot, which was later ruled a targeting foul.
Marcus McWilson led the UK defense with 10 tackles. Fellow safety Mike Edwards added eight.