It will be a long trip home to Lexington for the Kentucky football team.

The Wildcats had every opportunity to beat Ole Miss in Oxford on Saturday, but they wound up on the losing end of a 22-19 decision.

Especially costly for Kentucky were 2 fumbles by quarterback Will Levis in the 4th quarter.

Both turnovers came with less than 3 minutes to play and with the Wildcats in range to tie the game with a field goal.

Levis talked about the 2 fumbles with the media after the game

“The first one, he just made a good a play,” Levis said of the strip by Ole Miss’ Austin Keys. “Could have been better securing the ball. Second one, I was trying to hit a double move and just throwing it as he was coming out of his break and (he just) came out of the blind side. Gotta get the ball out earlier.”

Levis, who passed for 220 yards and 2 touchdowns in the loss, appeared to have thrown a potential game-winning TD pass late in the 4th quarter before his second fumble, but the score was taken off the board due to an illegal motion penalty.

The fumbles and the costly penalty were among a number of mistakes by Kentucky, and Levis acknowledged that it was tough to lose that way.

“They’re a really good football team and they played really well, but I felt like we were the better team towards the end there,” Levis said, “but we shot ourselves in the foot when it mattered. I need to be a better game manager at the end there, especially on that touchdown pass. We were obviously trying to catch them off guard with that call. But I gotta make sure everyone’s set. That’s my job.”