Patrick Towles used completions to Garrett Johnson of 28 and 24 yards to get Kentucky inside the Tigers 15 at the end of the first quarter. Towles shook his way out of a potential loss on third down and scrambled 14 yards for a touchdown.
The Wildcats answered the Tigers 80-yard drive with an 82-yard drive of their own.
Maty Mauk came out instead of Drew Lock on the first series of the second quarter. Mauk completed a third and 10 to Ray Wingo. Mizzou ended up punting on a 4th and less than a yard at their 40. Corey Fatony boomed a 55 yard punt down to the Kentucky three.
Drew Lock scrambled for 11 yards on his first play, then threw a bullet to Wesley Leftwich for an 18-yard gain. Lock then hit Nate Brown on a comeback for 20 yards off a play action. On the exact same play, Lock had Emmanuel Hall open for touchdown but didn’t lead him far enough resulting in an incompletion.
On a third and ten from the Kentucky 32, Lock took a 15-yard sack instead of getting rid of the ball and took the Tigers out of field goal range. Fatony had a 45 yard punt fair caught at the two.
Towles got out of the grasp of Walter Brady on third down at his two and he scrambled for a first down but Kentucky was satisfied with running the clock out to end the half. Towles was 14-of-15 for 120 yards.
Mizzou was outgained 185-152 and again no rushing, only 2.1 yards per carry. Hansbrough had only one carry, and -2 yards when he fumbled.