Mizzou 33, Kentucky 10: Tigers pull away for first SEC victory

Dak Dillon-US PRESSWIRE

Tigers move to 4-4.

It may have taken a few weeks longer than we'd have preferred, but Mizzou's on the board. In front of a Homecoming crowd of 67,853, the Tigers recorded their first SEC victory with a 33-10 win over Kentucky, moving to 4-4 on the season. (Mizzou downed the ball at the Kentucky 5 to end the game, probably as a thanks to Joker Phillips for not pulling a Ron Prince with his timeouts at the end.)

In all, this was a solid performance. The Mizzou defense allowed 115 yards in Kentucky's first two, incredibly well-scripted drives, then allowed just 64 yards the rest of the way. The offense, meanwhile, took steps forward and backward but controlled the line of scrimmage and eventually found a rhythm. Corbin Berkstresser was benched after completing 10 of 18 passes and throwing two bad interceptions, and a less-than-100-percent James Franklin steadied the ship, handed to a trio of Mizzou running backs (for the game Kendial Lawrence, Marcus Murphy and Russell Hansbrough combined for 188 yards on 38 carries) and fired a few quick passes to Dorial Green-Beckham. Each team scored 10 points in the first 20 minutes, but Mizzou dominated after, scoring the game's final 33 points.

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