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Kentucky drops its season opener after coming undone

NCAA Football: Kentucky at Auburn John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

Heading into the 2020 SEC season opener, there was quite a bit of optimism surrounding the Kentucky Wildcats as they headed down to face the No. 8 Auburn Tigers.

As a 7.5-point underdog, Kentucky and Kavosiey Smoke struck first on a 35-yard rushing touchdown. After their opening score, Auburn immediately responded with a touchdown that lead to a halftime score of 8-7 in favor of the Tigers. Auburn then outscored the Wildcats 21-6 in the second half to end the game.

It wouldn't’ be a college football game without officiating controversy, as the officials blatantly missed a touchdown call at the Auburn 1-yard line that would have favored Kentucky.

They then proceeded to wipe out a pick-six for Auburn on the next play, reviewing the score and claiming an Auburn player targeted a Wildcat. Two calls that not only changed momentum but also the scoreboard.

Overall, Kentucky’s offensive lien was really the only unit that played well on Saturday. The Wildcats’ quarterback play, drops by wide receivers and missed tackles on defense all played a part in the loss.

Here’s what head coach Mark Stoops and his team had to say following their season-opening loss at Auburn via UK Athletics.

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