True freshman receiver Dorial Green-Beckham finished with a career-high seven catches for 25 yards in Missouri’s 33-10 win over Kentucky on Saturday.
By TEREZ A. PAYLOR
The Kansas City Star
Quarterback James Franklin found Green-Beckham on screen passes on three consecutive plays in the fourth quarter, which Missouri coach Gary Pinkel attributed to a certain look Kentucky’s defense gave them.
“The defense presented it to us,” Pinkel said. “If the defense had been lined (up) different, we probably hand the ball off.”
• Sophomore Anthony Gatti filled in at times for left tackle Elvis Fisher, who sprained his MCL more than a month ago and is playing through some soreness.
“It gives Elvis a break so he doesn’t get tired as much,” Pinkel said. “One thing about coming off the injuries he’s had is that you have a tendency to get tired in the fourth quarter. If we can give him a break here and there, then once he gets to the fourth quarter, he can be stronger.”
• Junior tight end Eric Waters returned Saturday after suffering a scary injury against Alabama two weeks ago. Waters was carried off on a stretcher against the Crimson Tide — trainer Rex Sharp later said it was done as a precaution — and was diagnosed with a muscle strain.
Waters was featured on several different running plays in which he lined up as a tight end, which contributed to MU’s 186-yard rushing effort.
“It helps a lot,” running back Kendial Lawrence said of the formation. “In the SEC, those guys, they pack six, seven, eight guys in the box. You have an extra guy to go out and block for you, so it helps a lot.”
• Senior cornerback Kip Edwards left the game in the third quarter because of a strained neck.