So many times, Kentucky looked to have Missouri on the ropes, poised to deliver a knockout blow in the first SEC matchup for both teams. The Tigers staggered, particularly on defense, but continually found unlikely ways to stay upright — until Connor Bazelak’s pass fell incomplete on fourth down and 13 with less than two minutes to play. Missouri fell to Kentucky 35-28.

As Wildcat tailback Chris Rodriguez barrelled toward the end zone late in the second quarter, Kentucky was a yard away from taking a commanding 28-7 lead. Instead, Rodriguez fumbled into the end zone and Missouri recovered, then scored to make its deficit a single score at the break. A couple possessions later, the Wildcats seized back momentum from Missouri when linebacker Jacquez Johnson intercepted Bazelak and Rodriguez scored three plays later. Yet Missouri’s offense answered with a touchdown of its own and…