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Sunday Quickies: Cats beat Mizzou Edition

It’s all about UK football today.

Kentucky v Missouri Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

The Kentucky Wildcats defeated the Missouri Tigers 15-14 in the most dramatic fashion possible. Terry Wilson threw a touchdown pass into the endzone to CJ Conrad with zeros left on the clock.

The Wildcats are now in a position to win the SEC East outright next week when the Georgia Bulldogs come to town for a massive showdown on Kroger Field.

Before I go any further here I want to make one thing abundantly clear: Terry Wilson is the quarterback. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. He had his best game of the season and was lights out on the final drive to win the game.

I’m glad Gunnar Hoak and Danny Clark both got in. Hopefully now people will stop complaining about Wilson and support the kid 100%. He did nothing in that game yesterday that warranted a benching. Maybe it was the plan all along to get Gunnar in at that juncture.

Wilson and the offense battled through uncertainty and indecision to win.

Oh, and the defense didn’t allow one first down in the second half and sent Drew Lock packing on eight straight three and outs.

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22-31, 267 yards, 1 TD, QB rating of 147.5

Saturday at Kroger Field is going to be one of the most special atmospheres we’ve ever seen at a Kentucky football game.

I get chills everytime I see this.

Not lost in all of this is the fact that Lynn Bowden had his coming out party. 13 catches for 166 yards and this electrifying punt return.


The dream lives on | WDRB- “Sometimes, to have a historic season, you need a little magic. Kentucky got some on Saturday night at Missouri.” True words from Eric Crawford. This feels like a team of destiny. They’re going to need every bit of magic left when they play Georgia on Saturday.

Lynn Bowden shines in comeback win | Cats Pause- Bowden had over 200 all purpose yards against Missouri. We have not seen a player like him since Randall Cobb. He has emerged as the go-to receiver for Terry Wilson and he continues to get better with every game.

SDS SEC Power Rankings | Saturdays Down South- The Cats are fourth place and that feels right to me. The outgained Missouri by 136 yards so even though the offense was having trouble finding the endzone the unit was moving the ball.

25 takeaways from the top 25 | ESPN- With one final opportunity thanks to a pass interference penalty on Missouri, Kentucky quarterback Terry Wilson zipped a 2-yard touchdown pass to tight end C.J. Conrad with no time left on the clock for a comeback win that sets up a showdown next week against Georgia for the SEC East title. The winner will almost definitely play in the SEC championship game, and ESPN’s FPI currently gives the Bulldogs a 79 percent chance to win. If Kentucky is going to have a shot at the upset, it’s going to have to generate more offense to stand a chance. Kentucky struggled to sustain drives, converting on just 3 of 14 third-downs, and was held without a touchdown through the first three quarters. Despite being held under 100 yards rushing for the third time in his last four games, Benny Snell Jr. moved into second place on the Kentucky all-time rushing list. -- Dinich

Projecting the top 25 | CBS- When the rankings are released we will see UK cracking the top 10.

Everything is setting up as well as Kentucky could have hoped. Georgia is coming to town next week, and the SEC East is on the line. Thanks to a walk-off touchdown against Missouri, the Wildcats have a chance to take the lead in the division race when the Bulldogs come to town.

Kentucky in the national spotlight vs. Georgia | Cats Pause- The SEC Nation crew will be in Lexington for the massive showdown and the game will be on national TV on Saturday afternoon. How will Kentucky handle all of this?

Jerry Palm’s bowl projections | CBS- Palm has Kentucky facing Mike Leach and Washington State in the Peach Bowl on December 29th. That would be a lot of fun.

Mark Stoops’ crowd surfing after UK win | ESPN- These players love their coach and the feeling is mutual. Mark Stoops has done a fantastic job with this team and getting the players to buy into what he is building.

And then there is this:

That’s nothing compared to the revenge exacted by Wake Forest on Saturday. In the aftermath of “Wakeyleaks,” the Demon Deacons have made tormenting Louisville a habit, and Saturday’s 56-35 win was particularly sweet.

First, there’s Matt Colburn, Wake’s top tailback who posted touchdown runs of 74, 56 and 12. Colburn, you might recall, was one of the early commits to Louisville back in the 2015 class, only to have the Cardinals pull his scholarship just before signing day. Bad move, Bobby Petrino. Colburn ran for a career-high 243 yards in the win -- or 39 more yards than Louisville has run for as a team in any game this season.

And think Wake coach Dave Clawson likes rubbing it in? After Louisville swiped his plays in 2016, the Deacons have won two straight against the Cardinals, putting up a combined 98 points. Must be tough to defend the Deacs when you don’t know what’s coming.

Bobby Petrino is awful and he deserves this hellish season.