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Tennessee tops No. 18 Kentucky in thriller 45-42

The Wildcats have now lost three straight games after starting 6-0.
Kentucky running back Kavosiey Smoke (0) stretches out for a touchdown during the first half of...
Kentucky running back Kavosiey Smoke (0) stretches out for a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Tennessee in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Michael Clubb)(Michael Clubb | AP)
Published: Nov. 6, 2021 at 10:45 PM EDT|Updated: Nov. 7, 2021 at 1:45 AM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Despite running 99 offensive plays for over 600 total yards, No. 18 Kentucky lost to Tennessee Saturday night 45-42.

Volunteer quarterback Hendon Hooker finished 15/20 for 316 yards and three touchdowns. He averaged 15.8 yards per completion.

Will Levis finished with 372 passing yards and five total touchdowns in the loss. Kentucky trailed 24-21 at halftime and led 28-24 in the third quarter before Tennessee scored 14 straight points thanks to a Levis pick six.

The Wildcats rushed for 225 yards Saturday night.

The Wildcats (6-3, 4-3) have now lost three straight games after starting 6-0. UK visits Vanderbilt November 13 at 7:00.

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