No. 12 Ken­tucky scores on last play, beats Mis­souri 15-14

The Standard Journal - - NATIONAL SPORTS - By Joe Wall­jasper

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Terry Wil­son threw a 2-yard touch­down pass to C.J. Con­rad on the fi­nal play to give No. 12 Ken­tucky a 15-14 vic­tory over Mis­souri last Satur­day.

Ken­tucky took over on its own 19 with 1:24 left. With 4 sec­onds left, Wil­son threw to­ward Ah­mad Wag­ner in the back left cor­ner of the end zone. Wag­ner caught the ball out of bounds, but Mis­souri cor­ner­back DeMarkus Acy was called for pass in­ter­fer­ence, giv­ing Ken­tucky an un­timed down that it turned into the win­ning score.

Lynn Bow­den Jr. re­turned a punt 67 yards for a touch­down with 5:18 left to pull the Wild­cats (7-1, 5-1 South­east­ern Con­fer­ence) to 14-9.

Ken­tucky held Mis­souri (4-4, 1-4) with­out a first down on eight sec­ond­half pos­ses­sions.

Wil­son, who was re­placed by backup Gun­nar Hoak for part of the sec­ond half, com­pleted 22 of 31 passes for 267 yards. Bow­den had 13 catches for 166 yards. Benny Snell, who en­tered the game as the na­tion’s fourth-lead­ing rusher, gained just 67 yards on 19 car­ries.

Mis­souri opened a 14-3 half­time lead with two 10-play touch­down drives. Da­marea Crock­ett scored on a 2-yard run early in the sec­ond quar­ter, and Larry Roun­tree added a 1-yard TD run just be­fore half­time.

Mis­souri’s Drew Lock com­pleted 15 of 27 passes for 165 yards.

Ken­tucky ap­peared to have squan­dered its last chance to get back in the game when A.J. Rose was stuffed on a fourth-and­goal run from the 2-yard line with 7:31 left. It was the third failed fourth­down con­ver­sion of the game for the Wild­cats.

/ AP-Char­lie Riedel

Ken­tucky cor­ner­back Der­rick Baity Jr. breaks up a pass in­tended for Mis­souri wide re­ceiver Jalen Knox dur­ing the first half of the game on Satur­day in Columbia, Mo.

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