Kentucky looked like a team that was in need of a bye week, Missouri looked like a team that was coming off of a bye week.
Mark Stoops said that Missouri reminded him of last year’s Kentucky team. From the standpoint of a team that had gotten off to a slow start and was looking to turn things around, he saw several similarities. Was it coach speak? Stoops is pretty open, what you see is what you get. His assessment seemed pretty accurate.
Things started off well for Kentucky. Josh Allen got things started with a sack of Drew Lock and a forced fumble. Kentucky jumped out to an early 7-0 lead. They had to settle for a couple of field goals instead of touchdowns but at 13-0 they had punched a 1-3 Missouri team in the mouth and put them on the verge of “here we go again”.
Missouri refused to fold and instead begin airing it out. Over and over and over again. Chris Westry was lost for the game with a neck injury which didn’t help things either.
Kentucky definitely outplayed Missouri in the first 30 minutes but only saw themselves have a 20-14 lead heading to the locker room. Costly offsides penalties, missed field goals and near misses in the passing game by Mizzou could have had the outcome of this game looking a lot different.
Kentucky found a way to grind out another win. Benny Snell found some room to run as he tallied 117 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries and brought the crowd to its feet with his 71-yard scamper in the first half. Lynn Bowden is coming too, his impact and potential to make huge impact is growing by the week.
The cardiac nature of this team continues to be a theme as another game was decided on the final play. However, the dust has settled on the first half of the season and Kentucky finds themselves at 5-1 overall and 2-1 in the SEC with their lone loss coming by a single point. There will be more tests to face but an off week to recharge, prepare and continue to clean things up will definitely do them a lot of good.