Another ugly game for Kentucky, as they continue to play to the level of their competition. From a national perspective, Missouri wasn’t expected to have much of a chance tonight.
But Kentucky did what they’ve done all year, failing to build any kind of insurmountable lead at any point. And thanks to a ton of defensive injuries, that explosive Missouri offense had no trouble keeping up with the Cats.
But as they’ve done a few other times this year, Kentucky eked out a 40-34 win over the Tigers to improve their record to 5-1.
A win is a win is a win. Here’s to Kentucky’s 5-1 record. With how ugly every game has been, it’s pretty awesome that they’re already just one win away from bowl eligibility.
Benny’s got burst (and bounce)
Benny Snell had just 2 yards on five carries leading up to his career-long 71 yard run that gave Kentucky a 20-7 lead. He did everything right: He burst through the line, he found the open space, he evaded a tackler, and he tiptoed the sideline all the way into the end zone.
Benny Snell 71 yards to the house. Yowza. pic.twitter.com/QtBYn341ZE— Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) October 8, 2017
Snell would score a second touchdown from 6 yards out later on. He finished the game with 20 carries for 117 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 5.8 yards per carry.
Austin MacGinnis is Kentucky’s scoring record holder
MacGinnis has been chasing Lones Seiber to be Kentucky’s all-time leading scorer this season. He was on track to be atop the list by the end of his senior season, and he’s already there just six games in. MacGinnis’ extra point following Snell’s huge 71-yard run gave him 306 career points. He ended up with 310 by game’s end.
Austin MacGinnis sets the Kentucky career scoring record. pic.twitter.com/PyFQAzEFu3— Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) October 8, 2017
The injury bug keeps biting
Kentucky just can’t stay healthy this year. Jordan Jones and Charles Walker were already out tonight, and during the game, Chris Westry, Naquez Pringle, Derrick Baity, Adrian Middleton and Josh Allen all suffered injuries. It’s a good thing Kentucky can run 20+ guys on the defensive end any given night; the depth on defense was huge tonight.
On offense, Logan Stenberg suffered an arm injury which required him to have an X-ray during the third quarter. It was another hit to an offensive line that can’t afford any more weak spots.
Luke Wright suffered an injury on the sideline that forced him to be carted off on a stretcher.