UK holds off Missouri, 40-34

10/08/2017 12:03 AM

In what is becoming the theme of Kentucky’s football season, it wasn’t a pretty game, but the Cats walked away with a win.

Kentucky dominated Missouri in every possible way early on, but could not capitalize when opportunity presented itself, holding only a 13-0 lead early in the second quarter. It left the Tigers a chance to get back into the game and that’s exactly what they did.

Missouri quarterback Drew Lock finally got back on track after three poor performances, connecting on touchdown passes of 50, 58 and 75 yards. The Tigers attacked the Kentucky secondary all night and Lock finished with 355 yards passing. The final touchdown pass – the 75-yarder – came with just under 14 minutes to go in the fourth quarter and tied the game at 34-34.

But, as they’ve done in four other games this season, Kentucky found a way to make the key plays on offense, defense and special teams, eventually walking away with a 40-34 win. The Cats now move into a bye week sporting a 5-1 record.

Stephen Johnson connected on 22 of his 36 passes for 298 yards and 2 touchdowns, but he did also through an interception. Running back Benny Snell finished with 117 yards and 2 touchdowns, with 71 of those yards coming on a second quarter touchdown run.

Be sure to watch KSTV on Monday for a full recap and interviews with the players and coaches.

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