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10-01-2016 LSU Pregame

No. 23/25 @MizzouFootball Looks to Continue Road Success at Kentucky

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No. 23/25 @MizzouFootball Looks to Continue Road Success at Kentucky

Mizzou Football (3-0 overall), begins its SEC Eastern Division title defense Saturday evening at upstart Kentucky (2-1 overall, 1-1 in league play) at the new Commonwealth Stadium (61,000 capacity).  Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. central time, with the game televised on the SEC Network. Mizzou is coming off a hard-fought 9-6 win over UConn […]

  • Mizzou Football (3-0 overall), begins its SEC Eastern Division title defense Saturday evening at upstart Kentucky (2-1 overall, 1-1 in league play) at the new Commonwealth Stadium (61,000 capacity).  Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. central time, with the game televised on the SEC Network.
  • Mizzou is coming off a hard-fought 9-6 win over UConn Saturday in Columbia, as the Tigers leaned on its SEC-leading defense while getting big contributions from special teams.  Mizzou blocked a punt for a safety and an extra point in the first quarter, but trailed 6-2 at half.  Junior QB Maty Mauk engineered what proved to be the game-winning drive in the third quarter, as he scored on a keeper on a 4th-and-goal from the 1-yardline.  The Tigers then turned the game over to their defense, and they came through, pitching a shutout over the final three quarters, and allowing just 233 yards of offense on the day.  Sophomore safety Anthony Sherrils provided the game-clinching play, when he intercepted a pass in the final minute at the MU 13-yardline on a fake field goal by UConn, a fake that was blown up at the line of scrimmage by DT Josh Augusta.
  • Kentucky is looking to rebound from a 14-9 home loss Saturday to Florida, as the Wildcat defense played well, holding the Gators to just 245 yards of offense.  But Kentucky lost the turnover battle, 2-1, and was limited to three field goals of its own as the Gator defense held the Wildcats to 241 yards of offense.  Kentucky already has an SEC win under its belt, as they claimed a 26-22 win at South Carolina in week two, which followed a season-opening 40-33 home win over Louisiana-Lafayette.

DEFENDING THE HARDWARE

  • Mizzou is the two-time defending SEC Eastern Division champs, as Gary Pinkel‘s squad claimed the division in each of the last two years with identical 7-1 league records.  In 2013, the Tigers were picked a distant sixth in the pre-season media poll, after an injury-riddled 2012 season (MU’s first in the SEC) led to a 5-7 mark.  In 2014, the pundits pegged Mizzou as the fourth-best team in the Eastern Division, only to see the Tigers defy the odds once again…
  • This year, the media picked Mizzou to finish third, and MU is trying to become the first East school to win three-straight division titles since Florida won five in a row from 1992-1996.

SERIES HISTORY VS. KENTUCKY

  • Mizzou holds a 3-2 lead in the all-time series with Kentucky, as the Tigers have won three straight since they joined the SEC prior to the 2012 season. Kentucky won the first two meetings back in the 1960s, twice defeating Dan Devine-coached Tiger teams, taking a 7-0 win in Columbia in 1965, followed by a 12-6 win in Lexington in 1968.
  • The schools didn’t meet on the gridiron until Mizzou joined the SEC in 2012, and the Tigers celebrated the renewed series with a 33-10 win in Columbia that year.  Mizzou has claimed the last two games by scores of 48-17 in Lexington in 2013 and by a 20-10 margin in Columbia last season.

ROAD WARRIORS
As Mizzou prepares for its second road trip of the 2015 season, it is important to note that Mizzou is currently riding a school record 11-game road winning streak, dating back to Sept. 21, 2013, at Indiana. It is the third-longest streak in the nation, trailing only Ohio State and Florida State. When looking at the stats, it is easy to see why Mizzou has been so successful on the road over the last two-plus seasons. Streak notables are below:

  • Mizzou has 41 sacks over the last 11 road games and at least 1.0 sack in 10 straight
  • Mizzou has 16 interceptions and has recovered eight fumbles (24 total TOs)
  • The defense is allowing just 21.3 points per game during the streak
  • Opponents are converting third downs at just a 35.8 percent clip
  • Mizzou is averaging 37.3 points per game in the streak with just 13 turnovers
  • Mizzou has scored 24 rushing TDs during the streak – opponents have just 28 total TDs during the streak.

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