By Elizabeth Aber
After Missouri football’s disappointing loss to Vanderbilt last week, the Tigers (5-3, 2-2 Southeastern Conference) were unable to bounce back against Kentucky (4-4, 2-4 SEC) in a 29-7 loss Saturday.
Missouri’s defense struggled to contain the run. Kentucky finished the game with 297 rushing yards compared to Missouri’s 125. The Wildcats were also able put up 29 points with only 63 passing yards the whole game.
With 6:21 left in the third quarter, quarterback Tyler Powell came in to replace starter Kelly Bryant. Bryant suffered a hamstring strain the first quarter after running out of bounds. Kentucky’s wide receiver Lynn Bowden Jr. entered the game as quarterback and averaged more yards per possession than Bryant.
While the rainy weather was a factor for both teams it seemed as though the play calling for Missouri did not seem to take that in to consideration with 29 pass attempts compared to Kentucky’s 8.
The loss was Missouri’s fifth consecutive to Kentucky. Head coach Barry Odom is now 0-4 head-to-head against Kentucky’s Mark Stoops. Missouri is averaging a paltry 10.5 points per game against Wildcats in the past two matchups.
The Tigers are now 5-3 as they head into a bye week. It doesn’t get any easier for Missouri after that- the Tigers two ranked opponents in No. 8 Georgia and No. 6 Florida. Kentucky also has a bye week next week, followed by two more SEC opponents in Tennessee and Vanderbilt.
Edited by Garrett Jones | firstname.lastname@example.org