Tigers Come Out Flat And Fall 24-17 to KSU

The Missouri Tigers came out flat and fall behind from the start of the game on their road trip to Kansas State and come away on the short end of the scoreboard 24-17 to the Wildcats.

The first play of the game for the Missouri Tigers set the tone for what was to come as Tiger QB James Franklin forced a pass in the direction of TE Michael Egnew that was intercepted. The Tigers said this past week that they were going to get Egnew more involved in the offense.

The Wildcats took 6 plays from the Missouri 21 yard line to punch the ball in the end zone to take a 7-0 lead only 3 minutes and change into the the game and they never looked back.

Kansas State added a field goal to make it 10-0 in the first quarter and held Missouri to zero first downs in the first downs and only 20 total yards of offense.

Missouri looked unprepared to play and continued to make costly mistakes and penalties to go along with their unenthused play.

Place-kicker Grant Ressel's managed to get the Tigers on the board in the second quarter to make it a 10-3 game at the half,but his kicking woes continued as he missed two more filed goals that could have really aided the Tigers struggle to score points.

Kansas State continued to run the ball and control the time off possession in the 3rd quarter as they added another touchdown score to make it 17-3 to start the 4th quarter.

The Wildcats scored again early in the 4th to take a 24-3 lead before the Tigers offense finally came to life scoring twice in the quarter to make the final score more respectable to end the game 24-17.

Missouri's late run aside, the game was never much in doubt for Kansas State as they controlled the tempo, yards and time of possession.

Tiger QB James Franklin finished the game 19 of 35 for 214 yards with 0 touchdowns and 1 interception. He ran the ball 11 times for 46 yards and a TD.

Running back Henry Josey, who came into the game averaging 12 yard per carry, was held to 55 yards on only 12 carries, but did score a rushing touchdown.

Missouri's problems were across the board with poor play, poor decision making and not being able to handle the more physical Wildcats for the most part.

p>Following Missouri's 24-17 loss on Saturday at K-State, Coach Pinkel was visibly upset.

"We came up short, and didn't play very well," said an exasperated Coach Pinkel. "When you don't play very well, you're fighting to win the game at the end."

"Overall defensively, we did a lot of good things," explained Coach Pinkel. "Offensively, we were very, very inconsistent."

(Missouri) looked like a very poorly coached team," said Coach Pinkel, stating the painfully obvious. "That's where it starts. With me."

"They didn't do anything different than we thought they would," said Coach Pinkel, referring to Kansas State. "They had a huge advantage in field position in that game. First quarter, we didn't move the ball hardly at all. Third quarter, we didn't hardly move it at all. Just keep putting our defense back on the field. We did some good things defensively, I thought. There were some good things offensively, but we just weren't consistent."

"We've got to coach better," said Coach Pinkel. "And, we've got to play better."

The Tigers fall to 2-3 on the season and 0-2 in the Big 12.

They return home to face Iowa State for homecoming next Saturday at 1pm

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