UK VS. MIZZOU | Cats cage Tigers in 2nd half, claim 21-13 victory

09/27/2015 03:45 AM

LEXINGTON — There’s a new top cat in the SEC East.

The Kentucky Wildcats (3-1, 2-1 SEC) road a near-perfect game from quarterback Patrick Towles to upset No. 25 Missouri 21-10 on Saturday night at Commonwealth Stadium.

It’s the Wildcats’ first victory over the Tigers since Mizzou joined the SEC (2012) and also snapped an 18-game losing streak to ranked opponents (2010, No. 10 South Carolina) — the first under head coach Mark Stoops.

After a rough outing against Florida last week, Towles redeemed himself against Missouri (3-1, 0-1 SEC), finishing the game 22-27 for 249 and two touchdowns. The junior signal caller also ran for another 19 yards and a score.

For the third straight week, the Wildcats found themselves in an early 7-0 hole after Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk connected with receiver J’Mon Moore for a 17-yard touchdown pass with 3:49 left in the first quarter.

But unlike last week against Florida, the Wildcats responded, marching 82 yards in nine plays the following possession to tie the score 7-7 on a 14-yard touchdown run from Towles.

Mauk finished the game 15-30 for 180 yards while also rushing for 49 more but could not lead the Tigers to the endzone in the second half as Missouri settled for two field goals, including a 24-yarder from Andrew Baggett with 3:00 minutes left to pull within 21-13.

Kentucky ran out the clock on its final possession, rushing for two first downs to secure the upset victory.

Baggett’s 39-yard field goal with 6:04 left in the third quarter gave Missouri a 10-7 lead, but Kentucky responded with two Towles touchdown passes, one from 24 yards to freshman tight end C.J. Conrad to take its first lead at 17-14 with 1:58 left in the third and another from five yards to Dorian Baker to go up 21-10 with 6:20 left in the fourth.

Conrad totaled three catches in the game for 55 yards, the first three catches of his career. Baker finished with five receptions for 51 yards, and Garrett Johnson made huge plays downfield all night, posting a game-high six catches for 119 yards.

The Wildcats will stay home for the third straight game next week, facing in-state foe Eastern Kentucky at Commonwealth Stadium.

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UK defeats Missouri 21-13

Here's a quick look at some of the highlights in UK's 21-13 victory over No. 25 Missouri!#UK #BBN #ALLIN

Posted by Kentucky Sports Television on Saturday, September 26, 2015


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