Maty Mauk threw back across his body and got picked off on an ill-advised pass that turned into a pick six for Kentucky, but a pass interference call negated a poor decision by Mauk.
He then took a shot for Winger at the endzone from the Wildcat 44 and just under threw him. Mauk was stuffed on a run, then overshot Keyon Dilosa on 3rd and ten. Fatony dropped his third punt of the night inside the ten yard line early in the fourth.
Five of his six punts were downed inside the ten.
Patrick Towles completed passes of 35, 25 and 24 yards to set up the game clinching touchdown. Mizzou’s secondary was exposed. Injuries to John Gibson, Ian Simon and Kentrell Brothers hurt the defense in the second half.
Mauk led Mizzou to a field goal on a 12-play 68 yard drive. Mauk was almost picked off in the endzone on a 2nd and goal play. The Tigers, who burned a timeout in the third quarter, only had two left giving the ball back to Kentucky.
While it was Towles who led Kentucky going 22 of 27 for 249 and two touchdowns, the Wildcats leaned on Jo Jo Kemp with straight runs up the middle to gain a couple of first downs, have Mizzou burn their timeouts and eat up the final three minutes of the game. He finished with 5.1 yards per carry.
It was Kentucky’s first win over a ranked opponent since 2010.