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Kentucky Falls Flat At Missouri, Loses 20-10

Mizzou Tigers vs. Kentucky Wildcats at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Mo. on Saturday, October 24, 2020. Hunter Dyke/Mizzou Athletics

Flat.

That is probably the word that most describes Kentucky’s offense today, as they lost at Missouri 20-10. For most of the game, the Cats were stuck on that side of the ball with a clear lack of execution or energy.

Combined for the game, Kentucky had just 133 total yards in 36 plays of offense. Between senior QB Terry Wilson, and backup Joey Gatewood who came in for brief spurts, the Cats only had 47 passing yards, most of which came on a 26-yard TD pass from Wilson to Ali.

What might be even worse is that UK, who came into the game as the No. 1 rushing team in the SEC, just ran for 98 yards altogether. Junior running back Chris Rodriguez had just nine carries for the game and ran for 48 yards, maybe the biggest issue for the game considering how effective he has been so far in the season.

Meanwhile, Missouri had 421 total yards of offense on 90 plays as they were able to control the game while the UK defense stayed gassed. Connor Bazelak had a really efficient outing, as he went 21/30 throwing for 201 passing yards. Tiger running back Larry Roundtree also had a productive game, rushing for 126 yards and two touchdowns on 37 attempts.

Missouri beat the Cats at their own game, as they won time of possession 43:10 to 16:50, a lot due the inability of the UK offense to find a rhythm and the defense unable to get off the field on late downs (Mizzou went 10/20 on 3rd down, 4/5 on 4th down). The Kentucky defense also did not force a turnover in the game after forcing 10 in the last two games.

The Cats have now lost their winning streak against Mizzou, which lasted five games, and ultimately lost momentum from handily winning their last two outings. They next take on Georgia, who will be coming off a BYE week, at home next Saturday. That will be a rough one for Big Blue if they repeat their performance from today.

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