First scouting report: Kentucky football at Missouri


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A preview of the upcoming Kentucky Wildcats football game:

The adversary

Kentucky’s No. 19 (5-3, 2-3 SEC) travels to Colombia to face Missouri (4-4, 2-3 SEC) at Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium (62,621 capacity).

The game will begin at noon (EDT) and will be broadcast by the SEC Network.

Coach Eli Drinkwitz’s Tigers went on the road and beat No. 25 South Carolina 23-10 on Saturday.

Series history

Kentucky leads 8-4. The Wildcats have won six of the last seven meetings with Mizzou.

Great Britain coach Mark Stoops is 6-3 against Missouri.

Mizzou coach Eli Drinkwitz is 1-1 against Kentucky.

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops, left, spoke with Missouri coach Eli Drinkwitz before the Wildcats and Tigers faced off in Colombia 2020. Mizzou won that game 20-10, his only victory against Kentucky in the last seven meetings between the two. LG Patterson PA

Kentucky quarterback Will Levis (7) led by Missouri linebacker Devin Nicholson (11) en route to a touchdown in the United Kingdom’s 35-28 win over Mizzou last season at Kroger Field. Alex Slitz [email protected]

Most recent meeting

Christopher Rodriguez rushed for 207 yards and Wan’Dale Robinson caught five passes for 101 yards to help Kentucky hold Missouri 35-28 on Sept. 11, 2021 at Kroger Field in Lexington.

Know your enemy

1. Prior to Saturday’s win at South Carolina, Missouri was the SEC’s unlucky team. The Tigers’ three league losses have resulted in a combined margin of 14 points.

Mizzou lost by three, 17-14 in overtime at Auburn; by four, 26-22, against No. 1 Georgia; and by seven, 24-17, at Florida.

2. Kentucky plans to face a motivated foe in Colombia. On SEC media day, Mizzou defensive back Martez Manuel said he sees the UK as the Tigers’ main conference rival. Manuel said it had a lot to do with some controversial endings (think 2017 and 2018) during Kentucky’s current six-of-seven win streak over Missouri.

“I hate this blue and white,” Manuel told the Columbia Daily Tribune.

3. With British foe Connor Bazelak now in Bloomington, Indiana, St. Louis product Brady Cook leads the offense for Missouri. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound sophomore entered Saturday’s game at South Carolina, completing 65.1 percent of his throws for 1,423 yards and six touchdowns.

Cook was a bit prone to turnover though, having thrown seven combined interceptions in the first seven games.

Against the Gamecocks, Cook completed 17 of 26 passes for 224 yards with no touchdowns or picks.

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Missouri quarterback Brady Cook came on Saturday after completing 65.1% of his throws for 1,423 yards with six touchdowns to seven interceptions. Jean Raoux PA

Kentucky is probably more than willing to take a chance on a QB Mizzou other than Bazelak. Last year at Lexington, Bazelak completed 34 of 51 passes for 294 yards and four touchdowns against a pick.

Two seasons ago at Columbia, Bazelak completed 21 of 30 passes for 201 yards while leading the Tigers to a 20-10 victory that ended a five-game losing streak against the United Kingdom.

This story was originally published October 29, 2022 10:38 p.m.

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Mark Story has worked in the Lexington Herald-Leader sports department since August 27, 1990 and has been a Herald-Leader sports columnist since 2001. I’ve covered every Kentucky-Louisville football game since 1994, every basketball game UK-U of L match but three since 1996-97 and every Kentucky Derby since 1994.
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