Mizzou wins first SEC game 33-10

2012-10-27T10:50:00Z 2012-10-30T00:14:55Z Mizzou wins first SEC game 33-10By STU DURANDO
October 27, 2012 10:50 am  • 

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Kendial Lawrence ran for 108 yards and two touchdowns and the Mizzou defense stifled Kentucky over the final three quarters to give the Tigers their first Southeastern Conference win today, 33-10.

Mizzou scored the game's final 23 points starting with a 2-yard touchdown run by Lawrence with 1:32 left in the second quarter. He previously scored on a 5-yard run.

Corbin Berkstresser gave way to James Franklin at quarterback in the second half and the two combined to complete 16 of 27 passes for 87 yards.


Gaines returns fumble for TD

E.J. Gaines returned Kentucky's third lost fumble 13 yards for a touchdown to give Mizzou a 33-10 lead and put the Tigers within 8:09 of their first Southeastern Conference win.

The Kentucky offense has ground to a halt since the first quarter and has only 26 yards in the second half.

Murphy scores from 9 yards

Marcus Murphy followed a Kentucky fumble with a 9-yard touchdown run to extend Mizzou's lead to 26-10 with 14:12 remainining. The extra point was blocked.

James Franklin remained at quarterback after entering on the previous series.

Kendial Lawrence has run for 93 yards and two touchdowns. Meanwhile, the Mizzou defense has held the Wildcats to 173 yards.

Baggett kicks 2nd field goal

Andrew Baggett kicked a 31-yard field goal with 49 seconds left in the third quarter as Mizzou took its biggest lead in a Southeastern Conference game with a 20-10 edge over Kentucky.

Quarterback James Franklin entered the game for the series, making his first appearance since the first quarter against Vanderbilt.

The Tigers ran the ball six times in eight plays before stalling at the 13-yard line. Franklin completed one of two passes for negative 1 yard.

Franklin enters game

James Franklin entered the game to replace quarterback Corbin Berkstresser with 5:09 left in the third quarter and Mizzou leading Kentucky 17-10.

Franklin has been out since suffering a sprained MCL against Vanderbilt three weeks ago. Berkstresser was 10 for 18 for 71 yards and has thrown two interceptions, the first two interceptions by Kentucky in the last five games.

Mizzou leads 17-10 at half

Mizzou fumbled four times and was outgained 153-141 but Kendial Lawrence's two touchdown runs made up for an otherwise ugly first half to give the Tigers a 17-10 lead.

Kentucky had an equally sloppy half, fumbling three times, muffing a punt and mishandling the snap on a field goal.

Corbin Berkstresser completed eight of 13 passes for 67 yards and Lawrence ran for 50 yards.

Lawrence scores second TD

Kendial Lawrence scored his second touchdown of the first half on a 2-yard run to give Mizzou a 17-10 lead with 1:32 left in the first half.

The Tigers took over at their own 48-yard line after Kentucky botched a field goal attempt when the snap was dropped.

Quarterback Corbin Berkstresser led Mizzou on an 11-play drive with Lawrence getting five touches. Berkstresser also went to Dorial Green-Beckham for two passes, giving DGB his first two-catch game since the season opener.

Kentucky ties game

Kentucky took advantage of a fumbled punt by Mizzou's Marcus Murphy as Craig McIntosh kicked a 43-yard field goal to tie the game 10-10 with 12:17 left in the first half.

Murphy had earlier muffed a punt but the Tigers recovered. This time he lost the ball and Kentucky recovered at the Mizzou 33-yard line.

The game has included five fumbles and two muffed punts along with dropped passes by both teams.

Baggett FG gives Mizzou lead

Andrew Baggett kicked a 44-yard field goal to cap Mizzou's second short scoring drive and the Tigers lead Kentucky 10-7 after one quarter at Faurot Field.

Kentucky outgained Mizzou 120-65 in the quarter, but an early fumble kept the Wildcats from another score.

Kentucky coaches made the odd decision of pulling freshman starting quarterback Jalen Whitlow after he led two impressive drives. He was replaced by freshman Patrick Towles, whose first five plays resulted in 5 yards and a false start penalty.

Mizzou, Kentucky trade early TDs

Kendial Lawrence scored on a 5-yard run four plays after Sheldon Richardson returned a Kentucky fumble 60 yards as Mizzou jumped to a 7-0 lead with 9 minutes 32 seconds left in the first quarter.

However, Kentucky responded with a four-play, 50-yard drive capped by Raymond Sanders' 1-yard scoring run to tie the game. The Wildcats needed only 1:29 to score after a 50-yard kickoff return by Sanders.

The Wildcats moved the ball with relative ease on their first possession, starting at the 25-yard line and moving to the Mizzou 13 on nine plays. However, running back Jonathan George fumbled and Richardson rambled to the Kentucky 25 before being caught.

The Tigers went to Lawrence on four consecutive plays and he had little trouble dicing the Kentucky defense.



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