Missouri football loses heartbreaker to Kentucky
COLUMBIA - Missouri football (4-4, 0-4 SEC) lost on the final play to 12th ranked Kentucky (7-1, 5-1 SEC) Saturday, 15-14.
The Tigers were outscored 12-0 in the fourth quarter.
The Wildcats settled for a field goal on their opening drive to open the scoring. Seven plays, 62 yards in 3:48.
The Tigers countered with a ten play drive of their own, but it proved fruitless after Tucker McCann's field goal attempt was blocked.
Missouri had a 51-yard touchdown pass to Kam Scott called back on its opening drive due to a block in the back call on Alex Ofodile.
It wasn't until Damarea Crockett's fifth touchdown on the season early in the second quarter that Missouri got on the board. His two-yard score capped a 10 play, 73-yard drive to put the Tigers ahead 7-3.
The Tigers extended their lead just before halftime with a one-yard touchdown run from Larry Rountree III. His eighth of the season put Missouri ahead 14-3.
The Missouri game plan on defense was to make Kentucky beat them through the air. Benny Snell Jr. entered the game averaging 5.6 yards per carry, but the Tigers held him to just 23 yards on 10 rushes in the first half.
Both Kentucky and Missouri struggled getting its offense going at the beginning of the second half. The score remained unchanged as the fourth quarter began.
Lynn Bowden gave Kentucky its first touchdown of the game as the sophomore receiver returned a Corey Fatony punt all the way to the endzone. Kentucky's two-point conversion was unsuccessful, putting the Tigers up 14-9.
It looked as though Missouri was going to hold on late in the fourth quarter following a DeMarkus Acy interception, but a quick three-and-out gave Kentucky one last chance with 1:24 remaining.
"We showed signs of being a really good team," Missouri junior linebacker Cale Garrett said. "I thought we played against a really good team, too, but, what separates really good from great is being able to finish and be able to win close games."
Missouri couldn't record a first down in the second half, leaving the door open for a comeback.
Kentucky marched 81 yards on its final drive. The clock eventually ran out, but a pass interference call on Acy gave the Wildcats one final play from the Missouri two-yard line.
On the pass interference call, Missouri senior quarterback Drew Lock said, "I'm not sure I'm even allowed to voice my opinion. I think we get in trouble for that."
Wilson then found his tight end C.J. Conrad in the end zone as time expired. Kentucky won by a final score of 15-14, and gave Missouri another heart-breaking loss.
"They had shown in short-yardage situations and then by alignment we thought we would get a rub-route which we did, and the kid made a great throw," Missouri coach Barry Odom said.
"It's hard to say you beat yourself when that happens," Lock said. "They were playing good, they stopped us on a couple, but we definitely could've made some different plays, gotten a first down and made the game a little different for us."
Odom remains winless against ranked competition as a head coach (0-7). The last ranked win for the Tiger program came 44 games ago against Minnesota in the 2015 Citrus Bowl.
They'll likely have another chance Nov. 3 against Florida in Gainesville.
Kendall Blanton (knee sprain) was scratched pregame and is considered week-to-week.
Emanuel Hall missed his fourth consecutive game with a groin injury.