It did not take long for the Missouri Tigers to extend their lead as the Tigers blocked Landon Foster’s punt to start the second quarter. The Tigers recovered at the Kentucky four and Henry Josey scored one play later, giving the Tigers a 14-3 lead. After the opening Kentucky drive, the Missouri defense has allowed nothing and have sacked Jalen Whitlow four times in the first 20 minutes of the game.
The Tigers pounced on the Wildcats on the very next drive. Keyed by a 29 yard pass to Bud Sasser, Missouri went on a 10 play, 67 yard drive. Mauk found Dorian – Green in the endzone for a 7 yard pass and the Tigers seeming could name the score, grabbing a 21-3 lead at the 8:12 mark.
After a Missouri fumble on a punt return was negated by a Kentucky illegal formation penalty, the Tigers went driving again. Buoyed by Russell Hansbrough’s 21 yard run, the Tigers drove from their own 13 yard line on a 15 yard drive. Mauk passed for his third touchdown of the game, this time to Henry Josey for 6 yards and the rout was on with Missouri taking a 28-3 lead.
After allowing 76 yards to Kentucky on the opening drive, the defense has clamped down, allowing just 26 yards on the next six drives. Mauk has settled into a groove and has 160 yards and 3 TD’s for the half.