MIZZOU’S DEFENSE HELD KENTUCKY’S VAUNTED RUNNING ATTACK IN
CHECK, LIMITING THEM TO JUST 91 YARDS.
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Game 8: #12 Kentucky 15, Mizzou 14
October 27 | Memorial Stadium
Mizzou suffered a heartbreaking 15-14 loss to No. 12 Kentucky at Memorial
Stadium. The Wildcats connected on a two-yard touchdown
pass with no time left on the clock, after being awarded an untimed
down due to a pass interference called in the endzone by officials with no
time left on the clock and Mizzou leading, 14-9. Had the interference not
been called, Mizzou would have walked off the field with a thrilling 14-9 win,
but all it could do was work to pick up the pieces after Kentucky’s miracle
score that saw them complete a comeback win after facing a 14-3 fourth
Mizzou held the Kentucky rushing attack to only 91 yards on the day and
allowed only one offensive touchdown to the Wildcats, and opened a 7-3
lead with a second-quarter touchdown from junior RB Damarea Crockett
with 14:01 remaining in the quarter. After Kentucky drove to midfield, it faced
a fourth-and-one. Junior LB Cale Garrett and sophomore S Tyree Gillespie
combined to make a huge stop of UK running back Benny Snell to stall the
Kentucky drive with 4:04 remaining in the half.
Mizzou then took the ball on the ensuing drive and ate up 3:15 of clock
time while marching 51 yards on 10 plays to extend the lead. Sophomore RB
Larry Rountree III scored from one yard out on third down, reaching the ball
past the goal line, securing his team-leading eighth rushing TD of the year.
That gave the Tigers a 14-3 lead heading into the half.
A defensive stalemate broke out from there as each team was held off the
scoreboard until Kentucky threatened midway through the fourth quarter.
The Wildcats were stoned again on another fourth-down stop by Mizzou’s
defense, but they finally broke through on special teams, when they fielded
a booming senior P Corey Fatony punt and returned it 67 yards for a score to
cut Mizzou’s lead to 14-9 with just 5:18 left in the game.
RUNNING BACK LARRY ROUNTREE III SCORED FROM ONE-YARD OUT TO GIVE MIZZOU A 14-3 LEAD JUST BEFORE HALFTIME.