COLUMBIA, Mo. — The Kentucky football team’s late-game comeback fell two scores short in a 20-10 loss at Missouri Saturday afternoon at Faurot Field.
The Wildcats (5-4, 2-4 Southeastern Conference) scored with 3:26 remaining in the game and recovered the ensuing onside kick, but could not any closer after the Tigers (7-2, 4-1 SEC) stopped UK on fourth down.
UK returns home to host No. 8 Georgia next Saturday in its home finale. The senior day matchup will commence at noon ET on ESPN from Commonwealth Stadium.
Kentucky’s touchdown came with 7:18 left in the game following a Missouri field goal. The Wildcats’ 12-play, 8-yard drive was capped by a Javess Blue 1-yard touchdown pass from sophomore Patrick Towles. The score cut UK’s deficit to 10 at 20-10.
The Kentucky defense held Missouri to 320 total yards. Junior linebacker Josh Forrest forced his first career fumble and led UK with 10 tackles and two tackles for loss. Senior DE/LB Alvin "Bud" Dupree finished with five tackles, a career-high 2.5 tackles and 1.5 sacks.
Offensively, Towles was 19-37 for 158 yards with one touchdown and an interception. Towles hit freshman Stanley "Boom" Williams five times for 58 yards, including a long of 32 yards. Freshman Mikel Horton led UK on the ground with 62 yards on 10 attempts.
After both teams punted twice to open the game, Missouri got on the board first with a 3-yard touchdown pass with 12:56 left in the second quarter. On the following drive, freshman Austin MacGinnis hit a 47-yard field goal to cap a four-play, 45-yard drive.
Mizzou answered on its next drive with another touchdown, a 26-yard pass from quarterback Bud Sasser, to take a 14-3 lead. The Tigers got on the board again late in the third quarter with a 41-yard field goal before another field goal with 7:23 left in the fourth quarter to make it 20-3.
It was on the next drive that the Wildcats answered with the game’s final score.