If that gave United Kingdom a final shot, a pass interference penalty in the end zone against Missouri the very next play gave the Cats one more final shot.
Its third-down playcall proved to be critical.
Missouri won the turnover battle, and up until that final drive, its defense had played as close to ideal as you could ask. A 13-yard pass on the next play put the Wildcats into the red zone. Wilson would take a sack on first down, forcing Kentucky to call timeout.
The Wildcats made up some yardage on the next play.
Gran went into his bag of tricks, electing not to throw the ball into the end zone, but to have the outside receivers clear out for Bowden, open underneath, who grabbed the pass and scooted down the sideline until he stepped out of bounds at the Missouri 10-yard line with four seconds left. Acy tangled with Ahmad Wagner for position to make a play on the ball.
Obviously, not everyone thought that pass interference call was correct. "I tried my best to get the hands off, and I guess the referee saw otherwise".
"I'm not optimistic, but Kentucky being at home has momentum", Finebaum said on SportsCenter this past weekend. "His hands were all over my helmet". Wilson stayed firm. Conrad broke his route inside to the left.
Missouri took its the advantage thanks to two second-quarter rushing touchdowns.
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Missouri scored 14 points in the second quarter, first on a 2-yard rush by Damarea Crockett and then a 1-yard run by Larry Rountree.
It was the Wildcats that looked hapless in the first half. Out of the timeout, Wilson completes his sixth straight pass. It was the third failed fourth-down conversion of the game for the Wildcats.
"I listened to the play call, coach (Derek) Dooley called it", Lock said. Missouri ended up scoring a touchdown on that drive.
The Tigers also lost because the offense struggled. Lock completed 15 of 27 passes for 165 yards, and Missouri managed only 249 total yards.
The No. 12 Cats, who trailed Missouri by as many as 11 points at Memorial Stadium on Saturday night, found a way to win their fourth in a row over the Tigers (4-4, 0-4 Southeastern Conference).
But Garrett was left to rue the result in the end.
"There was 0.0 percent chance we were running the ball on that play", said Gran. "What separates really good from great is the ability to finish and win close games".