Photo by Brendan Lavell - Faurot Field on 10/29/16

 

Photo by Brendan Lavell

Logan Ball, 23 Sports

Saturday, October 29 –

 

Missouri football (2-6, 0-4 SEC) could not pick up their first conference win on the season as the Kentucky Wildcats (5-3, 4-2 SEC) left Faurot Field with a victory 35-21.

Freshman running back Benny Snell was the X-factor in the Kentucky offense, as he ran for 197 yards on a career-high 38 carries.

The Tigers defense struggled without senior linebacker Michael Scherer and sophomore defensive lineman Terry Beckner Jr. The team gave up 377 yards and 35 points to an offense that averages a mere 26 points per game.

Drew Lock did his best to keep the Tigers afloat, passing for two touchdowns, including a late-game shot to Dimetrios Mason.

But Lock’s 220 yards and 13 incompletions held the offense from achieving any major production.

As for the Tigers rushing game, freshman Damarea Crockett finally got his shot as the starter after running well against both Florida and Middle Tennessee.

On this day though, he could not seem to make the most of the opportunity, running for a slim 55 yards on 13 attempts.

The only running touchdown on the day came from the 355-pound defensive lineman Josh Augusta. Augusta punched the ball in at the goal line for a one-yard run to give the Tigers 14 points.

Punter Corey Fatony played a crucial role in the special teams department with nine punts for 414 yards. Fatony also set a new career high with a 60-yard punt in the fourth quarter.

Freshman kicker Tucker McCann continued to struggle as he missed a 24-yard chip shot on what may have been the offense’s best drive in the loss.

Missouri remains the only team in the Southeastern Conference without a conference win and sits in 14th place. Their next opponent is South Carolina the 13th place team, in what should be a close one in Columbia, South Carolina.