First-year Kentucky quarterback Jared Lorenzen threw five touchdowns and ran for another, but the Horsemen's late-game comeback attempt fell short in a 51-48 season-opening decision at Tulsa on Saturday.
"We played a really good game overall, and I thought our intensity and effort was where we want it to be, especially defensively," Horsemen Coach Mike Harmon said.
"We kept ourselves in a good position to win the game all game. This one is tough to swallow, but overall we learned that we have a lot of guys on our team who have no quit in them. They just kept battling and I'm proud of our effort."
Kentucky has a bye week before returning home to face WB-Scranton on Saturday, April 11.