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Three things to watch vs. Missouri

Kentucky is 6-1 and ranked No. 12 in the country but is somehow a 6.5-point underdog on the road vs. Missouri, who is winless in the SEC. What gives? I spent the morning scouring the game notes for both squads and came up with three things to keep an eye on.

Drew Lock vs. Josh Allen

Did you know Drew Lock is sixth on the SEC’s career passing touchdowns list? Me neither. With 87 touchdowns, the senior quarterback is one touchdown pass away from tying Chris Leak and Tim Tebow for fourth. If he throws two touchdowns vs. Kentucky, he’ll tie Peyton Manning for third.

So far this season, Lock has 1,979 yards for 16 touchdowns and 6 interceptions, over two times what Kentucky’s passing game has been able to muster. Last year, he threw for 355 yards and three touchdowns in Missouri’s 40-34 loss to Kentucky in Lexington. Missouri’s offensive line has allowed only eight sacks all season. To say Josh Allen has his work cut out for him is an understatement, especially if the refs continue to turn a blind eye to holds.

Who will be less sloppy?

In what continues to be one of the odder stats of the season, Kentucky is sixth in the country in opponent penalties (64 for 504 yards). Mizzou clobbered Memphis 65-33 last weekend, but committed more than their fair share of errors with 12 penalties for 122 yards. Among those were a roughing the passer call, a targeting penalty, and an unsportsmanlike conduct call in garbage time. It didn’t end up mattering because Mizzou scored nine touchdowns off of almost 700 yards of offense, but something to keep an eye on Saturday.

Turnover battle

Saying that turnovers will decide the game seems like a cliche, but given Kentucky’s current situation at quarterback, that will be doubly true on Saturday. In Missouri’s four wins (Tennessee Martin, Wyoming, at Purdue, Memphis), the Tigers had 23-3 points off turnovers; on the flip side, in their three losses (No. 2 Georgia, at South Carolina, at No. 1 Alabama), they’ve been outscored 27-6 in points of turnovers.

Mark Stoops said Terry Wilson will start but he won’t hesitate to use other quarterbacks if needed. Given all the uncertainty in the passing game, Kentucky’s offense will almost certainly be Benny Snell or bust, but whomever is at quarterback can’t afford many mistakes. We know Terry’s issues, but that’s also a pretty daunting task for Gunnar Hoak and Danny Clark, who have yet to play outside of Kroger Field

Put pressure on Lock, limit penalties, and don’t turn the ball over. Easy enough, right?


Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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22 Comments for Three things to watch vs. Missouri

  1. davis2319
    3:23 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

    If Terry Wilson doesn’t play well I hope we skip straight to Danny Clark. Terry looks intimidated and Hoak looks like spazz back there because he constantly chops his feet like Towles did. Will be interesting to see how it plays out.

    • big cat
      3:44 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

      When I look at the remaining schedule and past box scores, I remember that I was confident in our CATS……then I look at the scores the past few games, and I do not have much confidence…..which is terrible. I truly wish for the CATS to play well, and I hope they win the remaining games. I’m trying to be very optimistic and I’m trying to make a conscious choice NOT to be pessimistic. It’s difficult to put the blame on TW for the offensive woes, but it sure looks as if something is just not right. I have no clue what it can be. Many on here have theorized, but you have to think Coach Stoops is analyzing and doing all that he can to get the win and make the best personnel decisions that he can for the team (and BBN….lol). I love the CATS. Maybe we’be been playing through some undisclosed injury issues? I heard a UK coach this past weekend speak at a banquet. They talked about moxie. The football cats had moxie in the early part of the season. I hope we can regain the offensive moxie…..not too concerned (short term) for the defense unless our offense cannot use some clock and extend drives down the field.

    • CombatMedic_98
      8:32 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

      Chopping your feet before a pass is thrown allows the hips to maneuver towards the target, plant the feet, and allow for an accurate pass…and allow for him to scramble out of the pocket if need be

    • Booby Petrino
      8:50 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

      Lol at combat, as usual. That worked out so well for Towles. Hoak made a couple of decent throws against Central Michigan, along with one dropped pick 6 right in the guy’s chest and Combat thinks he’s gonna lead us to a championship. Hilarious.

    • henderblue
      9:53 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

      Booby don’t forget he was great in the spring football games and scored in 55 seconds against a MAC team. Of course the coaches see him every day in practice and they have determined that Touchdown Terry is the best option but Combatidiot knows so much more than the coaches do. If only they could read his comments in these posts they would surely understand just what kind of genius he is. We all know

  2. jaws2
    3:41 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

    If our QB’s, regardless of who’s playing, can’t get the ball downfield at least 8 times a half, this will be a close one for certain. If we can, Benny will destroy them and we’ll OWN clock time. I can only hope it happens.

  3. michaelb
    3:49 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

    Yea this will be very interesting , I hope it’s not gonna cause us to lose . If we run ball we’ll and just make several completions we’ll be ok

  4. mothandras
    4:27 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

    Key to Game: Keep Missouri under 30 points.. if we can keep this a relatively low score game, we have a chance.

    • shepdog3720
      7:22 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

      We giving up 12 points a game in SEC play, I like our chances in keeping it low scoring…

    • CombatMedic_98
      8:33 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

      Hope we score more than 7 points…

    • Booby Petrino
      8:53 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

      Come on Combat, why the negativity? Hoak is going to lead us to 60 points once TW turns the ball over and Hoak comes in! Hoak for Heisman!

  5. Wildc8ts
    4:31 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

    “Mark Stoops said Terry Wilson will start but he won’t hesitate to use other quarterbacks if needed.”

    Coach, with all due respect, look for your quarterback on this list:

    Passing Statistics
    1. Jordan Ta’amu, QB 2622 173 268 64.55 9.78 75 16 5 17 162.71
    2. Tua Tagovailoa, QB 2066 107 152 70.40 13.59 81 25 0 3 238.84
    3. Drew Lock, QB 1979 154 252 61.11 7.85 70 16 6 8 143.27
    4. Kyle Shurmur, QB 1845 146 246 59.35 7.50 75 12 5 10 134.38
    5. Kellen Mond, QB 1800 132 214 61.68 8.41 69 10 5 22 143.08
    6. Jarrett Stidham, QB 1714 142 235 60.43 7.29 76 8 4 16 129.53
    7. Joe Burrow, QB 1544 120 223 53.81 6.92 71 6 3 18 118.16
    8. Jake Fromm, QB 1409 99 148 66.89 9.52 75 13 4 11 170.44
    9. Feleipe Franks, QB 1406 103 182 56.59 7.73 65 15 5 8 143.19
    10. Jarrett Guarantano, QB 1192 85 135 62.96 8.83 55 6 2 14 148.84
    11. Jake Bentley, QB 1151 101 167 60.48 6.89 58 10 7 6 129.75
    12. Ty Storey, QB 983 81 142 57.04 6.92 57 7 5 8 124.42
    13. Nick Fitzgerald, QB 768 69 147 46.94 5.22 44 4 7 12 90.28
    14. Terry Wilson, QB 721 78 122 63.93 5.91 54 4 5 10 116.20

    The word “if” is completely inappropriate, here.

    • 4everUKblue
      6:30 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

      When you get to be coach you can make those decisions. Have you ever coached a college football team? Louisville may be looking for one.

    • Blue Bill
      7:55 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

      Damn. How long did it take to type that post.?

    • Blue Bill
      8:00 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

      Good post, just, detailed.

    • CombatMedic_98
      8:34 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

      Hey but he’s fast and hands the ball of really good…LOL!!!

    • CombatMedic_98
      8:36 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

      wOw…and we still have fans saying WILSON is the man…I am ashamed

    • CombatMedic_98
      8:37 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

      These two turds are buddies…so ignore them!

  6. az1006
    4:51 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

    Just as has been the case, our defense will be the key. If they can limit Missouri’s production, or force a couple of turnovers, we will have a really good shot. Offensively, I expected a heavy dose of Benny and AJ, chew up as much clock as possible. If we can keep Mizzou’s offense off the field, control the clock, and take care of the ball, we’ll be in good shape. We certainly can’t get into a shootout, because we will get blown out (although I don’t think our defense will allow that).

    • Luether
      8:50 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

      And “if” the frog had wings, he wouldn’t bump his a$$ every time he jumped…

    • Booby Petrino
      8:55 pm October 23, 2018 Permalink

      Those are pretty much the things we’ve been doing to teams all season so perhaps there is a flying frog out there.

  7. satcheluk
    9:41 pm October 25, 2018 Permalink

    We might have the most ignorant football fans anywhere.