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Liveblog: No. 12 Kentucky 15, Missouri 14

Hoping to clinch its first winning SEC record since 1977, No. 12 Kentucky visits Missouri for a 4 p.m. EDT game on the SEC Network.

The Cats are 6-1 overall and in a three-way tie for first place in the SEC East with Florida and Georgia at 4-1. Missouri is 4-3 overall and 0-3 in the SEC. We will be on hand at Memorial Stadium. Check here for updates, stats and analysis.

Final: Kentucky 15, Missouri 14

Missouri pass interference penalty extends the game. And on final play, UK’s Terry Wilson throws a two-yard TD pass to C.J. Conrad for the incredible Kentucky victory.

Kentucky throws interception

On third-and-one at own 15, Wilson throws deep bacll that is picked off by Missouri’s DeMarkus Acy. Tigers take over at own 18 with 2:38 left. Mizzou up 14-3.

Bowden changes things just like that

The sophomore takes a punt 67 yards for a touchdown with 5:18 left. And Bowden is not UK’s regular punt returner. The Cats run a trick play on two-point conversion but Bowden’s pass to Richardson is incomplete. Missouri lead is 14-11 with 5:18 left.

Kentucky gambles and fails

UK goes for it on fourth-and-two from the Missouri three-yard line, but A.J. Rose is stopped for no gain. Missouri takes over. Benny Snell has not played since picking up an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on final play of third quarter.

Kentucky’s defense has again been terrific

Missouri took over at UK 39, but Cats pushed the Tigers back to 50. Allen recorded his second sack. Missouri had to punt. UK has actually outgained Mizzou 238-225 but trails 14-3 with 11:52 left.

End of 3Q: Missouri 14, Kentucky 3

Box after three quarters

Confusion kills drive

With Hoak at quarterback, UK drove to the Missouri 30-yard line. But on third-and-nine, there was confusion in the UK backfield. The gun snap came when Hoak wasn’t ready and the play resulted in a four-yard loss. UK punted. The Cats are now 1-of-9 on third down.

Gunnar Hoak in at quarterback

The sophoomore takes over with 8:29 left in the third quarter, but throws three straight incompletions. Then Max Duffy’s punt travels only 16 yards. Missouri takes over at UK 45 with 8:05 left in third. Mizzou up 14-3.

More of the same to start second half

UK drives from the four to the 43, but fails on third-and-four pass. Punt. There is 9:43 left in third quarter. Missouri leads 14-3.

Halftime: Missouri 14, Kentucky 3

UK quarterback Terry Wilson was ok in the first half, completing 9 of 13 passes for 109 yards. But the strength of the team was found lacking in the first two quarters. The Cats rushed the ball for just 51 yards on 18 carries in the first half. Kentucky was zero-for-five on third downs and zero-for-two on fourth downs. The Cats failed to convert on a fourth-and-two at the Missouri 28 and a fourth-and-one at the Missouri 49.

Meanwhile, Mizzou quarterback Drew Lock was nine-of-16 for 130 yards in the first half. Kentucky penalties helped the home team’s cause. Three times UK committed fouls that gave Missouri first-and-goal situations. Missouri outgained Kentucky 200-160.

Kentucky-Missouri halftime box

Missouri extends led to 14-3

After stopping UK on fourth down, Missouri drives 51 yards in 10 plays. Key play was offsides call on UK freshman nose guard Marquan McCall on fourth-and-goal at the four. Three plays later, Larry Rountree scored from a yard out to make it 14-3 Missouri with 49 seconds left in first half.

UK stopped again on fourth down

Kentucky again stopped on fourth down, this time on fourth-and-one at the Missouri 49. Play was heavy to right side, and Snell went that way only to be stopped for no gain. Snell has 16 yards on eight carries

UK stopped by a drop

UK drove from its own 35 to the Missouri 45-yard line, but on fourth-and-four wide out Dorian Baker dropped a perfect Wilson throw on a slant. Cats punt. Mizzou 7-3 with 11:08 left in first half. Kentucky has rushed for just 29 yards on 12 carries.

Missouri takes the lead 7-3 with 14:01 left in first half

After UK failed on the fourth-and-two, Missouri drove 73 yards in 10 plays to take a 7-3 lead with 14:01 left in the second quarter. Lock hit Jonathan Johnson with a 29-yard pass and Damarea Crockett with a 20-yard pass. UK then gave Mizzou two first-and-goals with penalties. An unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Darius West gave the Tigers and first-and-goal at the three. Then on third-and-goal from the two, UK linebacker Kash Daniel was hit with a late flag for pass interference in the end zone. Two plays later, Crockett scored from two yards out.

Lock’s arm is legit. He’s now seven-of-nine for 92 yards.

End of 1Q: Kentucky 3, Missouri 0

Kentucky-Missouri first quarter box

Kentucky fails on fourth-and-two inside Missouri 30

After the blocked field goal, UK takes over at 41. Cats pick up a couple of first downs. Danny Clark comes in at quarterback on a second-and-one and gains two yards on a run for the first down. But on fourth-and-two from the Missouri 28, Snell gets just one yard out of the wildcat. Missouri takes over with 3:01 left in first quarter down 3-0.

Kentucky blocks Missouri field goal attempt

Missouri had a touchdown called back for an illegal block on a 51-yard pass from Drew Lock to Kam Scott. That put the ball at the UK 29-yard line. Four snaps later, UK’s Darius West blocked a 43-yard field goal attempt by Missouri’s Tucker McCann

Kentucky takes a 3-0 lead with 11:12 left in 1Q

Lynn Bowden took a Terry Wilson flat pass, reversed field, and motored 45 yards to the Missouri 16-yard line. The game’s opening possession stalled there, however. On came true freshman Chance Poore, who in his collegiate debut, kicked a 31-yard field go put Kentucky up 3-0 with 11:12 left in the first quarter. Wilson was officially three-of-three for 56 yards in the drive.

Pre-game notes

Missouri’s Drew Lock is considered one of the best quarterback prospects for next year’s draft. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound senior from Lee’s Summit, Mo. has completed 154 of 252 passes for 1,979 yards with 16 touchdowns and six interceptions.

Here’s what Lock has done in three previous games against UK:


Kentucky is as much as a touchdown underdog for Saturday’s game. Since 2016, UK is 7-4 against the spread as a road underdog.

Overall, UK is 4-4 in its last eight SEC road games, including 1-1 this season. Before the current eight-game stretch, the Cats were 1-25 in SEC road games. This year, Kentucky won 27-16 at Florida on Sept. 8 and lost 20-14 in overtime at Texas A&M on Oct. 6.

Kentucky has lost 10 turnovers this season. The Cats have lost five fumbles and thrown five interceptions. Quarterback Terry Wilson has fumbled away the football three times. Lynn Bowden has fumbled it away twice, counting the backwards pass that he could not handle last week against Vanderbilt. Wilson has thrown all five interceptions.

According to Max Olson of The Athletic, Kentucky’s defense is tied for fourth nationally in stop rate. The Cats have forced a punt, turnover or turnover on downs on 81.7 percent of its possessions. Clemson is No. 1 at 82.8 percent. UAB is second at 82.4. Fresno State is third at 82.0. The comes UK and Iowa.

Kentucky is allowing 1.01 points per possession. That’s third behind Clemson at 0.95 and Fresno State at 0.98.

Kentucky and Missouri are 3-3 since the Tigers entered the SEC.


Mark Story on how UK and Missouri match up with a game prediction.

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