Heartbreak has been an all too common theme for the University of Missouri Football program throughout the past few decades. It struck again on Saturday when #12 Kentucky scored on a 2-yard touchdown pass at the end of regulation to upend the Tigers 15-14 at Faurot Field.
Head coach Barry Odom described this loss as “one that will live with you forever.”
Kentucky scored the final 12 points of the game in 5:48 seconds that started with a 67-yard punt return touchdown by Lynn Bowden Jr, and ended with a 2-yard TD pass from Terry Wilson to C.J. Conrad on an untimed down to end the game.
Mizzou built a commanding 14-3 lead in the first half with a pair touchdown runs by Damarea Crockett & Larry Rountree III, but in the end, it wasn’t enough.
Cornerback Demarcus Acy was flagged for a controversial defensive pass interference call in the endzone to set up the final play.
“I played it as best as I could,” Acy said. “His hands were all over my helmet. I tried my best to get his hands off. I guess the referee saw otherwise.”
Drew Lock was a middling 15 for 27 with 165 yards, and failed to lead the offense to a single first down in the entire second half. Kentucky’s defense stifled Lock and the Tiger running attack, holding the Tigers to a mere 34 yards in the second half.
Kentucky QB Terry Wilson was coming off a 14-yard passing performance in a 14-7 win over Vanderbilt, and had his best game of the season against the porous Mizzou secondary. He was 22 for 31 with 267 yards, with both a touchdown and an interception. Wilson threw 104 more yards than his next best performance in a 48-10 win over Murray State.
“There’s anger, there’s hurt, there’s sadness, about every emotion you can feel on that side of things.”, Odom said. The loss drops the Tigers to 0-4 in SEC play, 4-4 overall. Up next for Mizzou is a visit to the Swamp to take on the #13 Florida Gators.