The Wildcats were plagued by turnovers all game long and mistakes all game long on, but answered on the offensive end with Will Levis, Chris Rodriguez, and Wan’Dale Robinson answering when Kentucky needed it most.
It was a run-dominant game by the Wildcats, reverting back to the power-run days of the past few seasons of the Mark Stoops tenure. CRJ ran for over 200 yards and four total touchdowns, with Will Levis adding one on the ground himself.
Wan’Dale Robinson became the first UK receiver with back-to-back 100-yard games since Jeff Badet in 2016. Robinson is a legit game-changer on the field.
This brings Kentucky to 2-0 on the season going into the Chattanooga game.
With this win, this sets Kentucky up for prime position to contend for the SEC East for the first time since 2018.
Here’s what Twitter had to say about the hyped SEC matchup:
Great Team Win!!! Love you BBN!!! Wouldn’t have did it without you #BBN4L— Josh Ali (@_JoshAli6) September 12, 2021
FINAL: Kentucky 35, Missouri 28— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) September 12, 2021
Chris Rodriguez: 27 rushes, 207 yards, 4 total TD
Wan'Dale Robinson: 8 offensive touche, 174 yards
The Wildcats are 2-0 with a real shot at a 4-0 start before hosting Florida on Oct. 2. This was a must-have game.
Mark Stoops: "It's always a good matchup with them. Coach Drink does a heck of a job. ... It's never easy."— Jack Pilgrim (@JackPilgrimKSR) September 12, 2021
Good teams win, great teams cover.— Wan'Drew Franklin (@DrewFranklinKSR) September 12, 2021
This is the kind of game Kentucky would absolutely lose before 2018. Since then it's the kind of game they've dug in and survived.— Justin Rowland (@RowlandRIVALS) September 12, 2021
With tonight’s win, Mark Stoops pushes his all-time record over .500.— Cameron Newton (@morrisoncrying) September 12, 2021
51-50 as head coach of Kentucky.
Tough win. Rough game but we made it through. Onto Chattanooga— Barstool UK (@BarstoolUK) September 12, 2021
GRITTY WIN for Kentucky— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) September 12, 2021
Lotta ways they could have lost this game and they held on
Swag Surfin’ on the speakers at Kroger Field.— Alyssa Lang (@AlyssaLang) September 11, 2021
It’s Saturday night in the SEC, folks pic.twitter.com/pCwInatkJq
Kroger Field crowd played a significant role in tonight’s win.— Freddie Maggard (@FredMaggard606) September 12, 2021
JJ Weaver. What a story. Third sack in first two games back from ACL at the end of last season. Wow.— Justin Rowland (@RowlandRIVALS) September 12, 2021
I’m a 44 year old Kentucky football fan. I’m not holding my nose at an SEC win in a game the Cats never trailed. I’ll take it today, in two weeks, the Saturday after that and then a few more times in October.— Terry Same Old UK Brown™️ (@TBrown_80) September 12, 2021
Mark Stoops is now over .500 in his coaching career for the first time.— Shawn Smith (@gbbcountry) September 12, 2021
“It was an awesome atmosphere. It’s been a while. Thank you.” Stoops addresses the #BBN— Eli Gehn (@EliGehnTV) September 12, 2021
Beatdowns are nice, but if you really want revenge on an opponent and for them to feel pain, this kind of game does it.— Jason Marcum (@marcum89) September 12, 2021
Wan'Dale Robinson in 2 games at UK:— TheCatsPause247 (@TheCatsPause247) September 12, 2021
22.6 yards per catch
3 rushes, 73 yards
UK has 598-pass yards and 5-TD’s in first 2 games. Had 1336, 7-scores in 11 games in 2020.— Freddie Maggard (@FredMaggard606) September 12, 2021