Last year, Mizzou led 14-3 at halftime and Shane Ray broke Mizzou's single season sack record late in the 4th quarter to hold off a late Kentucky charge for a 10-point win. This year Mizzou went into half time tied with Kentucky at 7 but couldn't keep up with Kentucky in the second half, falling 21-13.
Mizzou struck first when their second drive picked up 4 first downs in 13 plays for 80 yards culminating in Maty Mauk finding J'Mon Moore for a 17 yard touchdown:
Maty Mauk finds J'Mon Moore for 17 yard TD pic.twitter.com/tnVbrSbDyT— W.E.B. BLOGGER (@oscargambler) September 27, 2015
Here's Mike Kelly on the call:
Mizzou struggled slowing down Patrick Towles in the second quarter as he complete his last 11 consecutive pass for 108 yards but with the last possession before the half Kentucky eased up and didn't try to score.
Kentucky started the second half with the ball but a Donavin Newsom sack on third down forced a punt
Donavin Newsom comes in unblocked to sack Patrick Towles on 3rd down pic.twitter.com/T2z9TnRjIv— W.E.B. BLOGGER (@oscargambler) September 27, 2015
Lock led Mizzou's final drive of the second quarter, completing two beautiful passes before the drive stalled out after some incompletions and a sack.
28 yard pass to Wes Leftwich
Drew Lock 28 yard bullet to Wes Leftwich pic.twitter.com/nYVKxgTWfi— W.E.B. BLOGGER (@oscargambler) September 27, 2015
20 yard rope to Nate Brown
Despite telling the SEC Network that Drew Lock would see a series in both halves, Gary Pinkel kept Maty Mauk in for the entire second half.
Kentrell Brothers had 7 tackles in the first half. Due to injury he finished with only 10. Mizzou's defense failed to force a turnover and gave up 369 yards, 120 rushing and 249 passing. Only Donavin Newsom and Walter Brady recorded sacks.
It was announced in the first quarter that Sean Culkin inured his right knee and missed the rest of the game.
Nate Crawford went down in the third quarter when his ankle was rolled up on.
Ian Simon nearly intercepted a deep pass but landed hard and suffered an unspecified head injury and did not finish the game.
Kentrell Brothers went down with a sprained left ankle at the end of the third quarter and limped off the field. He was loaded into a cart and taken to the locker room.
Evan Boehm came into this game having re-rolled his ankle against UConn and
Russell Hansbrough, who rolled in ankle on his first snap against SEMO, played vs Kentucky but was largely ineffective with 6 rushes for 11 yards.
J'Mon Moore continues to play with a separated AC joint in his left shoulder. WR Keyon Dilosa returned to the lineup after injuring his elbow in a car accident last Friday. DeSean Blair suffered a concussion in the car accident and is still in Mizzou's concussion protocol and did not travel to Kentucky.
We learned early on Saturday that RB Morgan Steward did not travel to Kentucky. Freshman RB Ryan Williams did travel.
After the game, Gary Pinkel said the plan is to try and get another year of eligibility for Morgan Steward:
Pinkel said MU is sitting Morgan Steward the rest of the year to try to get this year back for him. Says he's not 100 percent.— David Morrison (@DavidCMorrison) September 27, 2015
Where do we go from here?
Mizzou hosts South Carolina next Saturday at 11am CT on the SEC Network. South Carolina came back from an early deficit to win 31-14 over UCF.
As to how does Mizzou recover from this loss? Everything will be fine, Mizzou bounced back really well after the first loss last year right?
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