On Saturday, the #8 Missouri Tigers took on the Kentucky Wildcats. Despite it being considered an easy game for them, Mizzou managed to add some excitement to a game against one of the worst teams in the SEC. Kentucky came out strong to start the game, forcing the Tigers to punt on the opening possession, and then driving down the field to the Missouri 4 yard line. The Tigers defense held the Wildcats to a field goal on that drive, but the momentum was clearly in Kentucky’s favor when Marcus Murphy fumbled the ensuing kickoff. Kentucky was forced to punt, and then the two teams traded punts on their next possessions. Finally, Mizzou was able to take advantage of good field position courtesy of a shanked punt, and got on the scoreboard with a touchdown from Maty Mauk to Dorial Green-Beckham.
Early in the 2nd, Henry Josey rushed for a touchdown, followed by DGB’s second touchdown of the day, and a touchdown catch by Josey on a play that was reviewed for quite a while.
Mizzou came out slow in the 2nd half quite the same as they did in the 1st. Kentucky scored a touchdown on their opening possession, and forced Mizzou to punt on theirs. However, the Tigers turned things around quicker this time, started by Andrew Wilson forcing a fumble at the end of a long catch. This led to another DGB touchdown where he made a miraculous catch behind the head of a Kentucky defender. Kentucky scored another touchdown on their next drive, but it would be the end of their scoring for the day. DGB finished off his breakout day with his fourth touchdown to start the 4th quarter, breaking the Missouri record for touchdown receptions in a game. A Henry Josey 86-yard touchdown run ended the scoring with 10 minutes to play. Regular quarterback James Franklin came in late in the fourth to get some reps, but never threw the ball.
Maty Mauk threw for 203 yards and 5 TD’s. Green-Beckham had a school record 4 TD’s and 100 yards on 7 receptions. Josey caught 1 TD, and rushed for 113 yards and 2 TD’s. Mizzou also extended their streak to 40 straight games with a takeaway. Mizzou went on the road and handled business today, blowing out a poor Kentucky team the way they should have, and take a lot of momentum into the off week.