The Kentucky Wildcats were fresh off their blowout win over the Tennessee Volunteers with a chance to build some serious momentum for the season going forward with a road matchup against the Missouri Tigers.
The first half was one to forget for the Cats as they were not able to move the ball at all only having 65-yards of offense at the break.
Trying to get a spark, Mark Stoops decided to pull Terry Wilson and give Joey Gatewood a chance to show what he could do. Unfortunately, it was more of the same for the Kentucky offense as the passing game continued to be non-existent.
Missouri got the ball to start the second half and had a 20+ play drive that somehow resulted in no points keeping the Cats alive.
However, a quick three and out gave the Tigers the ball right back and they pushed the lead to 17-3.
In the 4th, the Cats showed a sign of life when Terry Wilson hit Josh Ali for a 26-yard TD to make it 17-10.
Unfortunately, the Cats couldn’t make the plays necessary to get the win as they lose this one 20-10 ending their 5-game winning streak over the Tigers.
This was poor game on both sides of the ball for the Cats. The offense was putrid, and the defense was missing a lot of tackles throughout.
However, the one bright spot offensively was Christopher Rodriguez who was shredding the Missouri defense when he carried the ball. The problem is Rodriguez didn’t get enough touches as he ran the ball just 9 times for 48 yards averaging 5.3 yards per carry. Rodriguez needs to be the main back in this Kentucky offense going forward.
But one defender deserves to share co-MVP honors with Rodriguez, and that’s safety Yusuf Corker. Easily the best player on defense today, Corker finished with a game-high 18 tackles to go with one sack and two tackles for loss. He was all over the field for Kentucky’s defense and was a nice bright spot today.