UK Football

How Missouri beat Kentucky: Quarter by quarter

FirstquarterSummary: Jalen Whitlow drove Kentucky 63 yards to the Missouri 12 on its first possession, but Jonathan George's fumble was returned 60 yards, setting up the Tigers' first TD. It was the first of six UK fumbles, three of which the Cats lost. Raymond Sanders' 50-yard kickoff return and his 24-yard run set up Kentucky's first score, a 1-yard TD run by Sanders. A short UK punt led to a 44-yard Missouri field goal.

Thumbs up: UK bounced back well from adversity.

Thumbs down: You figured more adversity loomed.secondquarterSummary: Kentucky recovered a muffed punt at the Missouri 33 but had to settle for a 43-yard Craig McIntosh field goal. Late in the quarter, Kentucky stalled at the Mizzou 36, botched the hold on a 53-yard field goal attempt and gave the Tigers a short field. MU quickly drove 52 yards in 11 plays to take the lead for good.

Thumbs up: Freshman RB Dyshawn Mobley looked good on Kentucky's drive to its field goal.

Thumbs down: Mobley rushed four times on that drive but carried only one more time all day.thirdquarterSummary: In a game neither team appeared to want very badly, Missouri QB Corbin Berkstresser threw third quarter interceptions to UK's J.D. Harmon on successive possessions. The Cats drove to the MU 29 twice and came up with no points. Andrew Baggett's 31-yard field goal extended Missouri's lead and started to take what fight remained out of the Wildcats.

Thumbs up: Kentucky's young defense stepped up.

Thumbs down: UK's offense contributed two punts, a missed field goal and a fumble in the quarter.fourthquarterSummary: Missouri took advantage of that third quarter fumble recovery at the UK 12 two plays later when Marcus Murphy scored from 9 yards out. After another UK punt and another stop by the defense, Missouri drove the final nail. The Tigers' E.J. Gaines recovered Sanders' fumble at the UK 13 and took it in for a touchdown.

Thumbs up: Only three games remain.

Thumbs down: This was a game Kentucky thought it could win. Now the Cats are 1-8.

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