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Kentucky offense struggles against Missouri, losing 20-10

Kentucky running back Asim Rose Jr., left runs past Missouri defensive lineman Akial Byers (97)...
Kentucky running back Asim Rose Jr., left runs past Missouri defensive lineman Akial Byers (97) during the first half an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)(L.G. Patterson | AP)
Published: Oct. 24, 2020 at 7:10 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 24, 2020 at 8:55 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, Mo. (WYMT) - Kentucky’s offense couldn’t get anything going consistently against Missouri, falling 20-10 on the road. The loss snaps Kentucky’s five-game win streak over the Tigers.

The passing struggled especially for the Cats, as Terry Wilson and Joey Gatewood combined for just 47 pass yards. In addition, Missouri dominated the time of possession. The Tigers held the ball for 43 minutes and 10 seconds, leaving Kentucky only 16:50 of game time with the ball.

Kentucky only mustered 65 yards of total offense in the first half, similar to its game against Tennessee when the Cats only had 75 first half yards.

The only touchdown of the first half came on a one-yard run from Larry Rountree III with 10:57 to go in the half. The Wildcats and Tigers traded field goals, with Matt Ruffolo hitting from 50 yards out to give Kentucky its only points of the half. On that drive, Joey Gatewood came in to replace Terry Wilson after three unsuccessful drives. The next drive for Gatewood resulted in a three and out. Wilson re-entered the game in the second half.

In the second half, Missouri started with the ball. The Tigers took up almost 10 minutes of game time with a 21-play, 66-yard drive that resulted in a fourth-down stop from Kentucky. However, the Wildcats gave it right back to Missouri on a three and out. Rountree capitalized on the ensuing drive with his second rushing touchdown of the day, giving the Tigers a 17-3 lead with under a minute to go in the third quarter.

The Wildcats offense finally woke up in the fourth quarter. Kentucky took it 75 yards in six plays, capped off by a 26-yard pitch and catch from Wilson to Josh Ali early in the quarter.

On Missouri’s next drive, the Cats forced a punt. However, the offense went three and out and Missouri responded with a drive lasting more than seven minutes that resulted in a field goal.

Joey Gatewood led Kentucky back on to the field with 3:07 left on the clock. But on the first play of the drive, Josh Ali fumbled after a 12-yard catch and Kentucky never got the ball back after that.

On the day, AJ Rose and Chris Rodriguez combined for 91 yards on 14 carries. The rest of the offense totaled 54 yards in 22 offensive plays.

The loss drops the Wildcats to 2-3 on the year, and things don’t get any easier as the Cats welcome in No. 4 Georgia. The Bulldogs were on a bye this past week after a loss to No. 2 Alabama.

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