Kentucky football held on for a 40-34 win over Missouri on Saturday night. Find the box score and recap below.
Kentucky 40, Missouri 34: Box score, recap
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1:01 4Q: Kentucky 40, Missouri 34
Missouri converted on fourth and 2 with a run to midfield and now that field goal by Kentucky is looking more questionable.
1:52 4Q: Kentucky 40, Missouri 34
Missouri stopped Stephen Johnson at the one on third-and-goal, and Stoops sent out MacGinnis for a FG. This could be a big call, as a touchdown would have ended it. Even if Kentucky failed, Missouri would have had the ball at its own 2-yard line with under 2 minutes — and Missouri’s field goal unit is, to put it mildly, not good.
9:26 4Q: Kentucky 37, Missouri 34
After a scary situation in which backup quarterback Luke Wright was taken off on a stretcher, kicker Austin MacGinnis hit a 53-yard field goal to give Kentucky the lead.
13:46 4Q: Kentucky 34, Missouri 34
Holy cow. Everybody is connecting on deep passes against this Kentucky secondary. Mark Stoops isn’t going to be happy. Drew Lock has completed four passes of 48 or more yards.
14:09 4Q: Kentucky 34, Missouri 27
Kentucky needed to respond in a huge way, and it just did. Stephen Johnson finds Garrett Johnson for a 64-yard touchdown to give the lead back to the Cats. Stephen Johnson has attempted more passes this game than any game this season. Kentucky has scored 30 points for the first time this season.
END 3Q: Kentucky 27, Missouri 27
Tie ballgame. The Cats led by 13 points earlier in the game, but the Drew Lock led Tigers have stormed back thanks to less than stellar play from Kentucky’s secondary and a few great throws from Lock. Kentucky has been in control for most of the game, but that is no longer the case.
5:30 3Q: Kentucky 27, Missouri 24
The seesaw continues. Drew Lock set up that Missouri touchdown with a 49-yard bomb. He now has completed passes of 49, 50 and 58 yards. The Tigers can score fast and Kentucky’s secondary is getting shredded.
6:39 3Q: Kentucky 27, Missouri 17
The Cats are back to having a cushion. Kentucky’s drive started thanks to a Missouri turnover one play after Stephen Johnson turned it over for Kentucky. It was capped off with a Snell touchdown. Snell has now rushed for 93 yards and two touchdowns.
11:45 3Q: Kentucky 20, Missouri 17
Things aren’t going well for Kentucky. The Cats led 13-0 and 20-7, and now the lead is just three. On another negative note for UK: injuries are starting to pile up. Starting cornerback Chris Westry and starting nose guard Naquez Pringle will mist the rest of the game with injuries.
HALFTIME: Kentucky 20, Missouri 14
What a swing to end the half. Missouri quarterback Drew Lock connected on a 58-yard deep ball just as he was being taken down. Kentucky took over with less than a minute left in the half and didn’t risk making a mistake. The Cats were in charge for much of the half, but two big pass plays have Missouri right in it.
5:36 2Q: Kentucky 20, Missouri 7
That was a significant touchdown for sophomore running back Benny Snell. The 71-yard rush was his career long and the extra point vaulted kicker Austin MacGinnis into the No. 1 spot on the school scoring list with 306 points. Kentucky has scored on its last four drives.
7:13 2Q: Kentucky 13, Missouri 7
Drew Lock just dropped a 50-yard dime to give Missouri its first sign of life. Back-to-back drives where Kentucky settled for field goals was countered by a Tigers touchdown.
9:41 2Q: Kentucky 13, Missouri 0
Kentucky’s last two drives have taken 6:27 and 5:09. Both ended with field goals. Kentucky is controlling the game, but hasn’t been able to deal the knockout blow. Stephen Johnson has already attempted 19 passes tonight and Kentucky has only rushed 11 times. Eddie Gran is putting the game in Johnson’s hands.
END 1Q: Kentucky 10, Missouri 0
The Tigers have a 3rd and 5 coming up from Kentucky’s 20-yard line.
3:41 1Q: Kentucky 10, Missouri 0
Just an ordinary 6 minute and 27-second drive for the Wildcats. Kentucky had to settle for a 21-yard field goal at the end of it, but UK is in total control so far. Stephen Johnson is 8 for 12 for 97 yards and a touchdown.
11:20 1Q: Kentucky 7, Missouri 0
Stephen Johnson finds Blake Bone for a 14-yard score. Bone made a great catch for the score. Kentucky’s offense started the drive at Missouri’s 19-yard line thanks to a sack fumble forced by UK linebacker Josh Allen. Nice start for the Cats.
13:06 1Q: Kentucky 0, Missouri 0
Kentucky went three-and-out on its opening drive. Kentucky nose guard Naquez Pringle was hurt on the first defensive play. Backup Matt Elam is in for him now.
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Kentucky-Missouri game details
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Date: Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017
Location: Kroger Field, Lexington, Ky.
Kentucky-Missouri preview, keys to the game
- Control the clock: Kentucky’s offense is the anti-Missouri, or Missouri’s offense is the anti-Kentucky. Either way you put it, Kentucky wants to work a methodical approach and hold onto the ball for long stretches, while Missouri’s offense will operate at a speed Kentucky hasn’t seen this season. Coach Mark Stoops said Kentucky’s defense won’t be able to substitute as much as it normally does because of Missouri’s tempo. Almost in the terminology of a basketball game, Kentucky will want to control the pace on Saturday.
- Benny Snell breakout: Snell ran 38 times for 192 yards and 2 touchdowns last season at Missouri. It was a career day for the then true freshman. Now a sophomore, Snell could use a similar breakout performance this season. Yards have been difficult for Snell, running behind a different offensive line, but Kentucky will look to establish its ground game against the Tigers.
- Contain Drew Lock: Missouri’s offense has been in a rut since Week 1, but Lock is talented enough to scare any secondary. Kentucky defensive coordinator Matt House said his defensive backs will be playing with more space on Saturday than in any game this season. Kentucky had two breakdowns in the secondary against Florida, and Stoops’ squad can’t afford similar mistakes against Missouri’s aerial attack.
Kentucky-Missouri predictions, betting odds
Kentucky is a 9.5-point favorite over Missouri, a line that’s dropped considerably after opening with Kentucky as a 14-point favorite. The Wildcats have yet to beat any team by more than 11 points this season, but Missouri’s three losses have come by 73 total points. The over/under for the game is 61 points. Two of Missouri’s four games have totaled more than 60 points; none of Kentucky’s have contained a combined 60 points.
Joe Mussatto: Kentucky is 4-1, but its biggest margin of victory was just 11 points against Eastern Kentucky. The Wildcats find a way to make games ugly and haven’t found a way to blow anyone out. Saturday won’t classify as a blowout, but I think it’ll be Kentucky’s biggest margin of victory this season. Kentucky 33, Missouri 20.
Kyle Tucker: With a chance to be 5-1 entering a bye week, Mark Stoops has talked a lot this week about “running the tank empty” on Saturday. The Cats have sort of slogged through the first half of the season so far and suffered some injuries and a heartbreaking loss along the way. But they know they can set themselves up for a special season by taking care of business against a bad Missouri team. So, I think they will. Kentucky 31, Missouri 17.