Rodriguez’s 3 TDs help Kentucky hold off Missouri 35-2

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky right guard Eli Cox recovered Chris Rodriguez Jr.’s fumble in the end zone for the go-ahead touchdown with 11:28 remaining, Rodriguez rushed for a career-high 206 yards and two of his three touchdowns and Kentucky stopped Missouri late for a hard-fought 35-28 victory in the Southeastern Conference opener. The Wildcats never trailed this showdown for the early East Division lead, but had to overcome squandering a 28-14 lead as Missouri tied the game early in the fourth quarter. Kentucky then marched 75 yards with Cox coming up with Rodriguez’s fumble in the end zone for the game winner.

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