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The Wildcats took the field on a soggy Saturday night looking to get their fifth win in a row over the Missouri Tigers. This was Kentucky’s second game in a row were the weather did not cooperate and with a loss last week the Cats went to 3-4 on the season. The Tigers, who also lost last week, are 5-2 on the season. Coming into the game, Missouri had held their opponents to only 270 yards per game and were ranked seventh in the nation in overall defense.
It was a slow start as neither team scored in the first quarter. The Cats were only able to gain 28 yards in the first fifteen minutes. The Wildcats came out in the second quarter and scored on all four of their possessions. Their first touchdown came on a diving 1-yard run by Kavosiey Smoke. It was followed by a 20-yard run by AJ Rose. However, the extra-point kicks were both missed by Matt Ruffolo and the Cats led 12 to 0.
After seeing the two missed extra points Mark Stoops decided to go to Chance Poore for a 43-yard field goal that sailed through the uprights for three more points. It looked as if the first half was going to be over, but Missouri decided to call a time out with only 44 seconds left in the game. The next play resulted in a fumble created by Calvin Taylor. Lynn Bowden scored a touchdown on a 10-yard rush to end the half with Kentucky up 22-0.
Missouri wasn’t going to go away easily. The scored on their first possession of the 3rd quarter on a 74-yard pass from Kelly Bryant to Tyler Badie. After the touchdown Missouri forced a fumble and it looked as if the Tigers were going to make a comeback. Lynn Bowden, however, ended Missouri’s hopes with a 33-rushing touchdown. Missouri wouldn’t score again and Kentucky took the victory 29 to 7.
Bowden finished with 206 rushing yards which is the most by any SEC player this year. He also passed for 54 yards. It was another great performance by the defense who held Missouri to 7 points while holding the Tigers to 4 of 14 on third down attempts. Chris Oats was the defensive player of the game with 8 tackles and a forced fumble.
It was a great win for the Wildcats and was a huge step towards being bowl eligible. The Cats will have a week off this week and will return to Kroger Field on November 9th to take on the Tennessee Volunteers.