Shane Palma-23Sports

The Missouri Tigers took their third loss on the road this season to the Kentucky Wildcats by a score of 29-7. After an undefeated 5-0 stretch at Faurot Field, it is apparent that Mizzou is unable to operate outside of Columbia. Defeats in Wyoming, Nashville, and Kentucky have exposed the Tigers’ weaknesses.

Kelly Bryant, who is still operating with a banged-up leg, was not his typical self on the ground. A game which featured a constant, heavy downpour, Bryant appeared to reaggravate his injury early on a slippery sideline. He toughed it out until the game was out of reach, but the effect was prominent. Bryant ended the day with eight rushing attempts for -4 yards, a stat line many Mizzou fans have not been used to. Similar to Cam Newton and Kyler Murray, Bryant’s style of play relies heavily on his legs. When that aspect is taken away from his game, the offense has a very difficult time operating and moving the ball down the field. In terms of passing, Bryant completed 10 of his 19 passes for 130 yards and a touchdown. That score, (Mizzou’s only points of the game), went to Tyler Badie, who also led the team with 82 receiving yards on two catches. Workhouse running back Larry Rountree III could not get it going on the ground, sputtering to 58 yards on 15 carries.

As for the defense, there aren’t many positive here either. With no sacks and no takeaways, Mizzou’s front seven was battered and bruised by the Wildcats run game. Quarterback Lynn Bowden only attempted seven passes the entire game but rushed 21 times for 204 yards and two touchdowns. Kentucky’s defense however was their bright spot. They sacked Bryant four times, allowed a mere seven points, and held every offensive player in check.

For Kentucky (4-4), the Wildcats will head into their bye finally making it back to .500 before another home matchup versus Tennessee (3-5). As for Mizzou (5-3), the Tigers will also rest up on a bye week before traveling to Georgia (6-1)