Missouri’s explosive offense exploited the Kentucky defense, but the UK offense had an excellent counterpunch for the Tigers.
Mizzou scored on passes of 50, 58 and 75 yards. Drew Lock also completed a 48-yard pass before sneaking in a Missouri score. The Tigers tied the game on a three-play, 75 yard drive to start the fourth quarter to put Kentucky against the ropes.
Four of seven on second half third down conversions, Missouri had a chance to take the lead with 6:15 to play but was forced to settle for a 45-yard field goal. Lonnie Johnson blocked it to put UK in the driver’s seat.
Even with an unbelievable play from Lynn Bowden, Kentucky was stopped on third and goal from the four and (surprisingly) opted to settle for a chip shot field goal. The decision almost cost them the game.
Kentucky almost stopped them without a first down, until Missouri scampered 17 yards on a 4th and 2. They continued to move rather easily until Johnson made a great tackle on the 28 that ran the clock down to three seconds. On the final play of the game Lock’s pass fell short of the goal line.
Some how, some way, Kentucky got another close victory. Halfway through the season, Kentucky is 5-1.