COLUMBIA, Mo (Missouri Football App) -- The second half was all Tigers as Missouri ran away with the game on the backs of their defense.
Missouri terrorized the Wildcats, recovering three fumbles- one for a touchdown. Kentucky went 1-12 on third downs, and only had nine first downs all game.
Missouri moved the ball on offense using the dependable legs of Kendial Lawrence. The speedy back went for 108 on the ground and scored twice, giving the Tigers a reliable option as James Franklin found his feet. Lawrence came in just under five yards per carry, slightly below his season average of 5.5.
After Berkstresser threw back-to-back picks, the banged-up Franklin stepped in to calm things down. Following a scare in the red zone where a linebacker dropped a pick, Franklin settled in and focused on moving the chains.
Missouri fans got a rare treat when three straight plays went to freshman phenom Dorial Green-Beckham, showcasing his dynamic abilities as he broke tackles and picked up first downs on two of them.
It was only Kentucky, but the Tigers appeared to find confidence in the second half. The ball was moving, the defense was stout, and the home crowd was brought to life for the first time since Georgia in week 1.
Sure, Kentucky is the basement of the SEC, but Missouri didn't play to their level- a big improvement over weeks past. The Tigers could have gotten sucked into a sluggish, grinding slop fest but they didn't. They adjusted at halftime and came out swinging. In fact, Missouri had a larger margin of victory over the Wildcats than South Carolina, Mississippi State, and Georgia.
So let's enjoy this win while the day is young, it's a great day to celebrate a win, and an SEC win at that.