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Play of the Game: Patrick Towles hits Dorian Baker for game-tying score

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Dorian Baker answered the call once more to help lead Kentucky to another close win.

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For the second week in a row, Patrick Towles and Dorian Baker hooked up for a key fourth-quarter score to help the Kentucky Wildcats pick up a win.

In Week 4, Towles hit Baker for a late touchdown to give UK a double-digit lead over then-No. 25 Missouri en route to a 12-13 win. It was a far different scenario this past Saturday though as the Cats were trailing EKU 27-20 with under a minute left and facing a 4th-and-three from the 5-yard line.

That's when Towles dropped back and found Baker on a leaping grab over a defender in the end zone for a 5-yard touchdown to tie the game and send it into overtime.

"He’s a special kid," offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson said of Baker after the game. "He’s a competitor. And he’s one guy that – in my opinion, tonight, he really put this offense on his back. He said, ‘Gimme the ball.’ So we got him the ball – and probably some situations where it wasn’t a good look to get him the ball."

Baker finished the 34-27 win with a career-high eight catches for 86 yards and two touchdowns. The Cats needed every last bit of it to get this win, and while it's always concerning to see an FBS team struggle so much with an FCS squad, seeing guys like Baker step up once again when they needed to most is something to feel good about after this game.

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