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Thumbs up/thumbs down: How Missouri beat Kentucky

Kentucky running back Mikel Horton was chased by Missouri linebacker Kentrell Brothers on Nov. 1.
Kentucky running back Mikel Horton was chased by Missouri linebacker Kentrell Brothers on Nov. 1. Herald-Leader

Recapping Kentucky's 20-10 loss to Missouri at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Mo., on Saturday:

FIRST HALF

Summary: Missouri spent much of the first quarter in Kentucky territory while Kentucky could get nothing going offensively. The Cats had the ball for only four minutes and were fortunate it was scoreless after the first period. The Kentucky defense struggled on third down and Missouri took a 7-0 lead. Mikel Horton put some life in the UK offense with back-to-back runs of 27 and 16 yards. The drive ended with a 47-yard Austin MacGinnis field goal. Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk — who had been struggling — began to gain confidence, and his touchdown strike made it 14-3. The UK offense could not get going.

Halftime score: Missouri 14, Kentucky 3.

Thumbs up: Mikel Horton (60 yards) and nothing else.

Thumbs down: UK was terrible on third down on both sides of the ball. UK was 0-for-4; Missouri was 7-for-10.

SECOND HALF

Summary: The Kentucky defense came out with much more fire in the second half, pressuring Mauk and setting the offense up with good field position. The Cats were unable to take advantage. Kentucky repeatedly had opportunities, but quarterback Patrick Towles and the UK offense found no tempo. Under constant pressure, Towles was usually throwing short passes or misfiring. The UK defense limited Missouri to a pair of field goals and the offense scored with 3:26 left. UK recovered an onside kick but Towles was stopped on a fourth down run.

Final score: Missouri 20, Kentucky 10.

Thumbs up: Punter Landon Foster was outstanding — Steve Spurrier would have been proud.

Thumbs down: For all the praise Towles received after last week, he was ineffective against Missouri. But there was a lot of blame to go around on the offense.

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