COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Missouri got touchdowns off all three of Kentucky's lost fumbles and quarterback James Franklin presided over a strong finish in a reserve role as the Tigers earned a long-delayed first win in their debut SEC season with a 33-10 victory on Saturday.
Kendial Lawrence ran for 108 yards on 23 carries with two TDs for Missouri (4-4, 1-4), which overcame its own sloppiness, too, after getting last week off following a 32-point loss at home to top-ranked Alabama. Marcus Murphy fumbled his first two punt-return attempts and Corbin Berkstresser was intercepted on consecutive passes by freshman J.D. Harmon to start the second half before getting replaced by Franklin, who was limited in practice this week after missing most of the previous two games with a strained left knee.
Raymond Sanders scored on a 1-yard run in the first quarter for Kentucky (1-8, 0-5), which has lost seven in a row.
Team Records and Series Notes
• Kentucky is 1-8 overall, 0-6 in the Southeastern Conference. Missouri is 4-4 overall, 1-4 in league play.
• Kentucky leads the series 2-1, including 1-1 in Columbia.
• Kentucky returns to action Saturday, Nov. 3, when the Wildcats play host to Vanderbilt at Noon ET on ESPNU.
• The Kentucky defense allowed a season-low 273 yards. The previous low was 323 yards allowed vs. WKU.
• The UK defense also allowed a season-low 87 passing yards. The previous low was 160 passing yards vs. WKU.
• UK created a season-high three turnovers, one fumble recovery and two interceptions.
• Kentucky’s offensive fumble lost in the first quarter ended a string of three-consecutive games without a turnover.
• Missouri was the third opponent in the last four weeks (also Mississippi State and Georgia) which had an open date before playing Kentucky.
• Kentucky entered the game having played the toughest schedule in the nation, according to the Colley Matrix and Anderson and Hester computer ratings, two components of the BCS rankings.
• Kentucky is fielding one of the nation’s youngest teams, playing 14 true freshmen and 26 total (true and redshirt) frosh, one of the nation’s top-five teams in each category.
• Linebacker Avery Williamson led the Wildcats with a career-high tying 14 tackles, including the first quarterback sack of his collegiate career, and a pass breakup. It is his sixth double-figure tackle game of the season.
• J.D. Harmon’s two interceptions in the third quarter were the first pickoffs of his career for the true freshman walk-on cornerback. Harmon finished the game with a career-high seven tackles.
o Harmon is the first UK Player to pick off two passes in one game since Winston Guy had two interceptions in the 2011 season opener against Western Kentucky in Nashville.
• Collins Ukwu blocked an extra point, his second blocked kick of the season. He also blocked a field goal at Florida.
• Tight end Patrick Ligon made his first career start.
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