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BOZICH | Kentucky loses to Missouri, which lost to Indiana, which loses to everybody in Big Ten

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UK halfback Stanley Williams struggled to find room to run against Missouri. UK halfback Stanley Williams struggled to find room to run against Missouri.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Three and out on Kentucky's uninspired, 20-10 loss to Missouri at Faurot Field in Columbia Saturday:

1. Don't be fooled by the final score. Missouri led 20-3 with less than four minutes to play before the Wildcats scored a touchdown and then recovered an on-side kick. UK averaged 3.6 yards per offensive play.

This was an ugly loss, Kentucky's worst overall performance of the season. All you need to know about Missouri is the Tigers lost a home game to Indiana, which is 3-5 and remains the only Big Ten team that has not won a conference game.

Actually, it's worse than that. The Hoosiers have lost all four of their conference games by at least two touchdowns, including an equally ugly 34-10 loss to a dismal Michigan team Saturday. For the record, IU has been beaten by an average of more than 25 points by Maryland, Iowa, Michigan State and Michigan.

And Indiana scored 31 while beating the Tigers, 31-27.


This was the first time in nine games when Kentucky (5-4) didn't play with the energy that was evident against Florida, Vanderbilt and South Carolina. The Wildcats did not score a touchdown for more than 56 minutes.

The Wildcats did not force any turnovers. They let the Tigers posses the ball for more than 34 minutes. They rarely put substantial pressure on Mizzou quarterback Maty Mauk. They dropped a couple of interceptions. The offensive line did not generate substantial push.

2. Where's the O? A week after UK quarterback Patrick Towles looked like the best quarterback in the SEC East, Towles struggled. He finished 19 for 37 for only 158 yards with an interception. He did not run the ball nearly as effectively as he ran it against Mississippi State, finishing with zero yards after taking a pair of sacks.

The Wildcats had less than 200 yards of total offense with nine minutes to play in the fourth quarter. They finished with 258 –100 running the ball. Only one Kentucky back – Mikel Horton – ran for more than 50 yards.

The Wildcats failed to cross midfield on eight of 14 drives.

3. Up next for the Wildcats? Their final home game – Senior Day – against Georgia. After putting themselves into position to cruise to the East Division title, the Bulldogs did their part to help Will Muschamp save his job by losing to Florida, 38-20.

After racing to a 5-1 start, the Wildcats have labored against the back-loaded part of their schedule, losing to Louisiana State, Mississippi State and Missouri by a combined

Kentucky still needs one more win for bowl eligibility. The Wildcats will likely be underdogs in all three games – at home against Georgia, at Tennessee Nov. 15 and at Louisville Nov. 29.

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