UK vs. TENN | Williams hurt in 52-21 blowout loss to Tennessee
10/31/2015 11:01 PM
LEXINGTON — The Kentucky Wildcats got tricked on Halloween as Tennessee Volunteers treated them to a 52-21 blowout loss on Saturday night at Commonwealth Stadium.
It is the second consecutive loss by 30+ points for UK, who falls to 4-4 overall and 2-4 in the SEC. Kentucky has now dropped three consecutive games after starting the year 4-1.
- “Very frustrated, very ticked off with the way we played,” Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops said after the game. “We’ve got to play better than that, and we will play better than that.”
- “Getting your ass kicked sucks,” UK starting quarterback Patrick Towles said. “We’re men who got beat by a better football team, and we’re going to be men and go back to work Monday.”
Not much of anything.
The Wildcats did jump out to a 7-0 first quarter lead for the second straight week after senior defensive tackle C.J. Johnson scooped up a Joshua Dobbs fumble and rumbled 77 yards for the opening score with 8:23 left in the first quarter.
It was the first touchdown of Johnson’s career and UK’s first defensive touchdown this season.
Sophomore running back Mikel Horton also provided his best performance of the season in relief of injured starter Stanley “Boom” Williams (more on his injury below), rushing 14 yards for 109 yards and the first 100-yard game of his young UK career. Horton had 105 rushing yards for the season entering Saturday night.
Pretty much everything.
Kentucky surrendered 40+ points for the second consecutive week, gave up 482 yards of offense, and allowed back-to-back special teams touchdowns in the third quarter on a 100-yard kickoff return by Volunteer Evan Berry followed by an 85-yard punt return from Tennessee teammate Cameron Sutton.
After UK took a 14-10 with 5:39 left in the second quarter on a Patrick Towles 1-yard touchdown run, Tennessee scored 28 unanswered points, capped by Sutton’s punt return touchdown, to take a 38-14 lead. At one point in the third quarter, Tennessee had scored a touchdown on six consecutive possessions.
Towles scrambled for his life all night behind a shaky offensive line, finishing the game 16/33 for 184 yards, two total touchdowns, and one interception.
Kentucky also had no answer for sophomore Volunteer quarterback Joshua Dobbs, who went 16/26 passing for 284 yards of total offense, four touchdowns, and one interception.
Kentucky star running back Stanley “Boom” Williams hyperextend his right elbow on a 2nd-and-goal run in the second quarter, laying on the field in pain for several minutes before trainers helped him to the locker room.
The SEC Network reported Williams had his elbow x-rayed in the locker room, and he returned the the sidelines in the second half in street clothes.
Before leaving the game, Williams rushed four times for 12 yards. Kentucky has not commented on his status for next week.
The Wildcats will travel to Georgia next Saturday to once again try to get back on the winning track.
The Bulldogs are 5-3 this season, 3-3 in the SEC, and dropped their third game in four weeks on Saturday with a 27-3 loss at Florida.