Kentucky vs. Mizzou: Wildcats Gift-Wrap First SEC Win for Tigers, 33-10

Nick Nafpliotis@@NickNafster79Correspondent IOctober 27, 2012

October 27, 2012; Columbia, MO, USA; Kentucky Wildcats quarterback Patrick Towles (14) fumbles the ball after being tackled by Missouri Tigers defensive lineman Brad Madison (57) during the third quarter at Faurot Field. The Missouri Tigers defeated the Kentucky Wildcats 33-10. Mandatory Credit: Dak Dillon-US PRESSWIRE

While the University of Missouri Tigers celebrated their first conference victory in the vaunted SEC, the University of Kentucky Wildcats added another chapter to a season that is spiraling towards being one of the worst in the program's history.

Head coach Joker Phillips hoped that a Mizzou team riddled with injuries and going through a rough season (just like his team) would end up at least leveling the playing field. Instead, the Wildcats were dominated on both sides of the ball en route to their eighth loss of the season.


The Good

  • The running game once again was effective (at least in the first half). Raymond Sanders had 11 carries for 64 yards and a touchdown, while Jonathan George had nine carries for 37 yards. The offensive line (Larry Warford, in particular) did a great job opening huge holes and moving the pile.
  • True freshman defensive back J.D. Harmon was spectacular, making plays all over the field and grabbing two second-half interceptions. While the first one was a gift, the second was made on an incredible diving play.


The Bad

  • One of the few good things about the Kentucky offense in the last few weeks has been its ability to hang on to the ball. That went completely out the window today, as the Wildcats fumbled it seven times, turning the ball over on three of them.
  • Unlike when he came in against Mississippi State, Patrick Towles was rocked by the Mizzou defense, going 1-of-4 and turning the ball over while being sacked. Jalen Whitlow wasn't much better, going 9-of-18 for only 76 yards.
  • Kentucky's kicking game was also abysmal. In addition to Craig McIntosh missing a 47-yard field goal and another field goal opportunity being missed due to a mishandled snap, punter Landon Foster was uncharacteristically ineffective. He ended the day averaging 39.3 yards on seven punts.
  • While Mizzou managed an impressive 10-of-16 on third-down conversions, the Wildcats were a miserable 1-of-12.
  • Mizzou held the advantage in time of possession over Kentucky by a huge margin, 36:26 to 23:34.


The Weird

  • Mizzou's three fumbles means that the football was fumbled a total of 10 times between the two teams.
  • Neither team broke 100 yards passing, with Mizzou gaining only 87 yards and Kentucky gaining 78 through the air.
  • According the the announcers on ESPNU, true freshman J.D. Harmon (who was the lone bright spot for UK today) did not have his information listed in the Kentucky media guide.


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The University of Kentucky Wildcats' next opponent will be the Vanderbilt Commodores in Lexington on November 3 at 12:00 pm ET.


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