COLUMBIA, Mo. — Kentucky was looking for just its second road win in Mark Stoops’ tenure, and the Wildcats got it in dominant fashion.
The run game led by Benny Snell and Boom Williams fueled Kentucky’s offense while QB Stephen Johnson had one of his best performances in league play. The defense did its job as well in a 35-21 win against Missouri — Kentucky’s fourth SEC victory since 2006 and its first three-game league winning streak since 1999.
The Wildcats stayed in second place and still in contention in the SEC East.
Here’s how it happened.
Missouri scored before the half to cut Kentucky’s lead to 21-7 and then had a chance to cut it to a one score game on its first drive of the second half. But the Tigers settled for a three-point try and missed the field goal.
Kentucky iced the game on the next drive.
The Wildcats offense put together an 80-yard, 12 play drive that ate more than six minutes of clock. Running backs Benny Snell and Boom Williams led the drive and Stephen Johnson managed to get a pass off to Williams from 13 yards out to put six points on the board.
The score put Kentucky up 28-7 and it was never close from there.
How real is Kentucky’s chance to win the SEC East?
The Wildcats need a lot of help in the form of Florida losses, but coach Mark Stoops’ squad stayed in the hunt with a win Saturday.
Kentucky can win on the road. The Wildcats had just one win away from Lexington in Stoops’ tenure, but they notched a convincing one in Columbia. Kentucky was the better team and that’s how the game unfolded.
Three hundred sixty-one.
That’s how many rushing yards Kentucky rounded up. Williams and Snell both had career days. Snell led the way with 192 yards and two touchdowns. Williams wasn’t too shabby either — 182 yards and a score.