Summary: On the second play, Rajion Neal ran 60 yards and Tennessee led 7-0. With Maxwell Smith at QB, UK was inside Volunteers territory its first two possessions but came away empty. UK's Jaleel Hytchye bobbled a potential interception before it landed in the hands of the Vols' Jason Groom for a 43-yard score and a 14-0 lead. UK's third trip into Vols territory ended with a Smith sack. A 40-yard run by Joshua Dobbs put the Vols up 20-0, finishing a 98-yard drive. A 75-yard UK drive ended when Smith hit Anthony Kendrick for a 19-yard score.
Halftime: Tennessee 20, Kentucky 7.
Thumbs up: Best moment was when the UK seniors huddled during the singing of My Old Kentucky Home.
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Thumbs down: Number of people in the stands during senior presentation.
Worthy of a replay: Nice hookup from Smith to Kendrick for the touchdownSecond half
Summary: UK had chances to turn the momentum, but the Cats could not capitalize. Another threat came up empty and UK could not grab opportunities. The Vols put together a 58-yard scoring drive and took a 27-7 lead with 3:14 left in the third quarter. A 53-yard Dyshawn Mobley run put UK in position to score, but the drive ended on downs inside the 1-yard line. The loudest cheer of the night came when Coach Mark Stoops was whistled for unsportsmanlike conduct after arguing a call. UK added a late 99-yard drive.
Final: Tennessee 27, Kentucky 14.
Thumbs up: Dyshawn Mobley.
Thumbs down: Is there a rule that says UK punt returners can't make a fair catch?
Worthy of a replay: Mobley's 53-yard run.Talking points
■ The season has ended, and is UK any closer to having a quarterback than it was when the year began?
■ How much can a strong recruiting class help next year?
■ Nothing new here, but it seems like UK invents ways to keep kicking itself in the foot.
■ Where have you been Dyshawn Mobley (143 yards, and runs of 27 and 53 yards)?
Numbers don't lie
■ It took Georgia 64 seconds to score against Kentucky last week. It took Tennessee only 24.
■ Ashely Lowery's interception was the first by a UK defensive back this year. It was the team's third.
■ Tennessee averaged more than 8 yards a rush in the first half.
■ With a chance to get back in the game, Kentucky gained 6 yards in the first 12 minutes of the third quarter.
■ In Kentucky's final two SEC games in 2012 (Vandy and Tennessee), it was outscored 77-17. This year (against Georgia and Tennessee), it was 86-31.
■ Mobley had 16 carries in the first 10 games. In the last two weeks he ran for 235 yards on 27 carries.
Hopes for a banner recruiting class, spring football, the usual fall optimism and an opener against Tennessee-Martin.