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Analysis of Missouri Tigers at Arkansas State Red Wolves

Notes on the Missouri Tigers at the Arkansas State Red Wolves

Easiest call of the night. Player of the game was Tres Houston.

While Houston had only three receptions on the night, two were touchdowns and memorable catches, including an ESPN Sports Center top ten play of the night.

After 30 minutes, AState had outgained Missouri by 76 yards, the Red Wolves were +1 on turnovers. AState had 96 yards rushing with 56 coming from Fredi Knighten. The senior QB was 10 of 20 passing for 86 yards with two TD's and one pick. Missouri had 49 yards on the ground with QB Maty Mauk producing 33 of those yards and he was 8 of 16 passing for 59 yards with no TD's and one pick. Drew Lock had one pass attempt and it was picked off.

When the night ended Mizzou had out-gained AState by 65 yards and the turnovers were even.

The Red Wolf defense got a helping hand from Missouri as the Tiger receivers dropped several passes that would have been huge gains.

Fredi Knighten's injury saw red-shirt freshman James Tabary take the reins.

After two games, AState is clearly struggling at the QB position. Knighten has been inconsistent and has three picks. While he completed 10 passes in the first half, three of those easily could have been incomplete but for dramatic catches by Tres Houston and J.D. McKissic. Tabary though did not present a compelling case to take the starting job away. He was 3 of 7 for 27 yards but 23 of those yards came on one reception. Dijon Paschal had the ball taken away from him for one pick but better pass placement might have avoided that outcome. The other deflected off Tyler Trosin on a ball that came in very hot. He had two carries, one for a yard and a sack for minus eight yards.

AState doesn't need greatness at QB right now. Consistency in decision making and ball placement would do wonders for the Red Wolves.

As to Trosin, he has had the poor luck to be in on some of bad luck plays of the season. Tipped ball interceptions against USC and Missouri, a pass against Mizzou that hit him the back of the head, and he fielded a line drive punt that looked to be a sure touchback.

The Red Wolves should have a chance to fix things next week against Missouri State. The Bears took an eight point win Saturday over Division II Chadron State after getting run over by Memphis in the opener, but that's all the breathing room in non-conference play. AState will then travel for a rematch against Toledo who defeated Arkansas without RB Kareem Hunt who is expected to return to action for their home game against Iowa State next week.

Nelson Chenault - USA Today Sports

Nelson Chenault - USA Today Sports

Nelson Chenault - USA Today Sports

Nelson Chenault - USA Today Sports