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Missouri Tigers lose 21-13 road game to Kentucky Wildcats

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Mizzou's broke its eleven game road winning streak as well as 7-0 record as #25 ranked team in a 21-13 road loss to Kentucky.

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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.

First Half

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:

Here's Mike Kelly on the call:

Kentucky promptly returned the favor, driving the field on 9 plays for 71 yards to set up a winding Patrick Towles touchdown run.

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.

Second Half

Kentucky started the second half with the ball but a Donavin Newsom sack on third down forced a punt

On Mizzou's first drive of the second half, Brad McNulty took over at LG and then RT Nate Crawford went down after a few plays, replaced by Taylor Chappell. The drive stalls out despite a 14 yard scramble by Maty Mauk due to a hold on Brad McNulty.

Kentucky's next drive is almost single-handedly shut down by Charles Harris. Mizzou converts a few key 3rd downs, notably a 28 yard screen by Tyler Hunt, but can't complete the fade to Wesley Leftwich and settles for a 39 yard field goal from Andrew Baggett to take a 10-7 lead with 6:04 left in the third quarter.

Kentucky took a 14-10 lead when Patrick Towles found his TE running free down the middle of the field after the linebackers bit on a run fake. Kentucky scored again with 6:20 left in the 4th quarter to make it 21-10. Mizzou led a drive that resulted in a 24 yard FG from Andrew Baggett and made the score 21-13 with 3 minutes left in the 4th quarter. From there Kentucky was able to run the clock out to preserve the win.

Drew Lock

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

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.

Defense

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.

Injuries

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:

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?

Box Score

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Sadness.