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‘Cats Move to 4-2 in SEC Play

By Southern Pigskin Staff
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Kentucky wins at Missouri 35-21 in Columbia.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Benny Snell, Jr. rushed for 192 yards and two scores, and teammate Boom Williams rushed for 182 yards and a touchdown of his own as Kentucky beat Missouri 35-21 on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

As a team, Kentucky rushed for 377 yards in the game, while racking up 582 yards of total offense in the game. The Kentucky defense held Missouri to just 386 yards, much of which came late in the contest.

Kentucky (5-3, 4-2 SEC) received the opening kickoff and put together a strong opening drive. However, the drive stalled in Missouri territory and Austin MacGinnis was wide left on a 47-yard field goal, which ended the threat.

After Missouri was forced to punt on its first drive, Kentucky got on the scoreboard with a 60-yard touchdown run by Williams. The Wildcats covered 80 yards in just four plays to go ahead 7-0.

Neither team scored for the remainder of the first quarter, but Kentucky struck again early in the second period. The Wildcats again went 80 yards, this time in five plays, and once again it was a big play that resulted in a score. On a third-and-eight, junior quarterback Stephen Johnson hit senior wide receiver Jeff Badet with a deep pass that went for a touchdown, giving the Wildcats a 14-0 advantage.

Kentucky struck again later in the second quarter. The Wildcats marched 73 yards in eight plays, capped by a Snell touchdown yard from one yard out, lifting Kentucky to a 21-0 lead.

Missouri got on the board late in the second quarter when sophomore quarterback Drew Lock connected with Dimetrios Mason on a 27-yard scoring pass to cut Kentucky’s lead to 21-7, which would be the score at halftime.

On the first possession of the second half, Missouri drove into the Kentucky red zone, but the Tigers missed a short field goal. Kentucky took over at the 20 yard line and drove 80 yards again for another touchdown. Johnson hit Williams on a screen pass for a 13-yard score, boosting Kentucky’s lead to 28-7.

Snell did it again on the first play of the fourth quarter, bursting through the line for an 18-yard score, making the score 35-7.

Missouri cut the lead with a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns. Josh Augusta scored on a one-yard run before Lock hit Mason with a 57-yard scoring strike to cut the lead to 35-21.

Kentucky returns to action next Saturday against Georgia at Commonwealth Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET and the game can be seen on SEC Network.