Missouri and Kentucky in an ugly slugfest

Missouri and Kentucky in an ugly slugfest

Missouri and Kentucky in an ugly slugfest

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by JJ Bailey / Missouri Football App

KMOV.com

Posted on October 27, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 24 at 3:50 PM

 COLUMBIA, Mo (KMOV.com) -- I wish we could play Kentucky every week. At least today our offensive miscues go unpunished. 

Two muffed kicks and a litany of fumbled snaps have managed to keep the Tigers in check all morning, but Missouri leads 17-10 at half. 

Kendial Lawrence has really established himself today with 50 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The defense has done what it does, forcing a turnover and keeping the Wildcats in check despite the special teams gaffes. 

Sheldon Richardson Is once again establishing his presence early and often. Followng a strip inside the Tiger ten yard line, Richardson picked it up and ran it 70 yards to set up a score. Missouri had better start thing about filling those shoes next year, because if Sheldon could be drafted right now, he would declare mid-game.

The Tigers really need to tighten up the ball security in the second half if they're going to crack the win column in the SEC. This is our best chance to avoid the goose egg in our inaugural season. 

I know we like to think of ourselves as underperforming, but if we can't beat a Kentucky team that has started 14 true freshman over the course of the season, at home, on homecoming, I think it might be time to start considering the alternative. 

With seven fumbles in the first half, this is the ugliest game of the day. Franklin or no Franklin, Missouri should be able to exploit this terrible Kentucky defense for points. In a game this bad, just hanging on the ball should be enough to win. Give it to Lawrence and let him eat clock, and the Tigers can ride out the second half with less risk. 

Sure, it's not the most exciting thing to show a homecoming crowd, but neither is a loss to Kentucky

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