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Extra Points: How Missouri beat Kentucky

Missouri's Dorial Green-Beckham caught the first of his two touchdown passes in the first half and celebrated with Marcus Lucas. Kentucky's Nate Willis watched the Tigers celebrate.
Missouri's Dorial Green-Beckham caught the first of his two touchdown passes in the first half and celebrated with Marcus Lucas. Kentucky's Nate Willis watched the Tigers celebrate. Herald-Leader

Recapping Kentucky's 48-17 loss to Missouri at Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday.

FIRST HALF

Summary: Jalen Whitlow ran for 25 yards on Kentucky's second play, but the drive stalled at the 4-yard line and UK led 3-0. A.J. Legree created a fumble on the kickoff, and UK took over at the Missouri 44 but could not move the ball. A 13-yard Landon Foster punt set up Missouri on the UK 39 and the Tigers soon led 7-3. Foster's next punt was blocked, Missouri recovered at the UK 4-yard line and one play later it was 14-3. UK's offense shut down and Missouri was up 21-3 in the middle of the second quarter. Missouri added a late score and, by that point, most of the attention was on Mark Stoops' ranting at the officials.

Halftime: Missouri 28, Kentucky 3

Thumbs up: A big play by TraVaughn Paschal caused a 9-yard loss and stopped a Missouri drive when Kentucky led 3-0.

Thumbs down: UK's punting game was terrible.

Worthy of a replay: Whitlow's 25-yard run.

SECOND HALF

Summary: Some of the Stoops fire must have rubbed off on his team. UK opened the half with a 73-yard scoring drive, most of it coming from Whitlow. He ran five times for 36 yards, passed for 7 and caught a pass for 10. That made it 28-10. From his own 4-yard line, Whitlow hit a wide-open Raymond Sanders for a 40-yard gain, but Sanders lost a fumble at the end of the run. Missouri scored in three plays and it was 35-10. A Whitlow-to-Javess Blue hookup for 53 yards set up UK's next score.

Final: Missouri 48, Kentucky 17

Thumbs up: Playing hurt and getting punished, Whitlow showed a lot of fight.

Thumbs down: The Sanders fumble just when it seemed UK had gained a little momentum.

Worthy of a replay: The acrobatic catches (four touchdowns) by Missouri's 6-foot-6 receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, once regarded as the nation's top prep prospect.

TALKING POINTS

■ The library must have been packed Saturday. Few students were in Commonwealth Stadium.

■ UK had two scoring opportunities in the opening minutes and led only 3-0. Not the recipe for an upset.

■ In the first half, UK had one penalty and no turnovers yet trailed 28-3.

■ Who was the last receiver to play in Commonwealth Stadium that is better than Green-Beckham?

■ Coming out of high school, Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk was ranked the 20th-best pro-style quarterback. UK's Patrick Towles was No. 9.

NUMBERS DON'T LIE

■ UK had the ball more than 10 minutes in the first quarter, exactly five minutes in the second. Overall, UK had the ball for more than 15 more minutes than Missouri.

■ On its initial possession, UK gained 76 yards. On its next six first-half possessions, UK gained 26 yards.

■ Whitlow completed eight passes in the first half and was sacked five times.

■ The lost fumble by Sanders was UK's first turnover since Sept. 28 against Florida.

■ Missouri's Mauk was 17-for-28 passing for 203 yards; Whitlow 17-for-27 for 225. The difference? Mauk five touchdowns; Whitlow none.

LOOKING AHEAD

Kentucky visits Vanderbilt on Saturday. Vandy has outscored UK 78-8 in the last two meetings. Vandy won at Florida 34-17 Saturday.

Herald-Leader Staff Report

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