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.

Thomas Beisner

TJ is an Anchor for Spectrum News. You can catch his work on KSTV, the only nightly show in the state focusing on UK Sports. When it comes to UK Basketball, TJ covers recruiting, the NCAA tournament and everything in between. During March TJ probably sees the players more than he sees his family but he’s able to provide Spectrum News viewers the unique insight that only a lifelong fan can give. He’s also taken on several special programs including “Wildcat Forever: The John Stewart Story.” KSTV airs weeknights at 7:30 and 11pm on Spectrum News. You can also catch podcasts of the show as well as bonus podcasts, just find KSTV on Itunes. For the latest on everything going on with UK Athletics, recruiting or if you just need some hilarious parenting anecdotes follow TJ on Twitter @tjbeisner.

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