Kentucky 15, Missouri 14
What Happened: Saved by a pass interference penalty in the end zone as time ran out, Kentucky – down five – had one final play, and it came through as Terry Wilson found CJ Conrad for a two-yard touchdown and the improbably win. Missouri was up 14-3 at halftime on two short touchdown runs, but the UK D didn’t allow a point the rest of the way.
Lynn Bowden came up with a 67-yard punt return for a score with just over five minutes to play to get the Cats close, and Wilson marched the offense in the final moments for the win to keep the dream season alive.
What Mattered: The Kentucky passing game came through. Benny Snell was held to just 67 yards on 19 carries, and the ground attack managed a mere 91 yards in all. The much-maligned Terry Wilson completed 22-of-31 passes for 267 yards and a score, and he ran for 11 yards.
– Drew Lock wasn’t able to get much going. He was under pressure, and he missed a few throws, but he wasn’t able to get much deep, completing just 15-of-27 passes for 165 yards. The Tiger rushing attack came up with just 165 yards.
– Wilson came up with the moment and the drive he needed to have, but it was Lynn Bowden who saved the day with his punt return for a score, and with 13 catches for 166 yards.
Thoughts: This Kentucky team is amazing. It’s ugly, it can’t seem to do anything quite right offensively on a consistent basis, and there are a whole lot of moments when it seems like nothing will work. But that defense continues to be incredible, and there’s that special thing happening that never lets this team quit. That’s an NFL quarterback in Drew Lock and a high-power offense that UK held to just 249 yards.
– That’s as devastating as it gets for Missouri. All it had to do was come up with one late defensive stop. All it needed to do was come up with one second half score. All it needed to do was not allow a punt return for a touchdown. Right there with a chance for a season-defining win, now it’s 4-4 with a trip to Florida up next.
– Here we go, UK. Now you get Georgia in your house with a shot at taking the SEC East title. With a trip to Tennessee to finish of the SEC slate, and Middle Tennessee and Louisville still to go, the Cats should win out if it can get by the big, bad Dawgs. No matter what happens next week, this has been amazing. Nothing can take anything away from this magical 7-1 start.