The Missouri Tigers continued to struggle on Saturday as they lost an ugly game to previously SEC winless Vanderbilt 10-3 on the road.
Despite some tweaks along the offensive line with RT Nate Crawford moving to LG, and Taylor Chappell becoming the starting RT, the Tiger offense had trouble making yards and converting first downs, along with too many mistakes and penalties helping to set them back.
Even with the offensive struggles, the Tigers were in position to tie or go for the win at the end of the game, but freshman QB Drew Lock could not connect with his receivers after getting a fresh set of downs due to a pass interference call on Vandy.
The defense had another strong performance in holding Vanderbilt to only 10 points.
The Tigers fell to 4-4 on the season overall and 1-4 in the SEC as they lost their third straight game.
Post Game Notes:
• QB Drew Lock completed 14 of 34 passes for 108 yards.
• RB Russell Hansbrough and WR J’Mon Moore both finished with a team-high four receptions. Moore led the Tigers with 30 receiving yards.
• WR Wesley Leftwich caught three passes for 38 yards.
• LB Kentrell Brothers recorded 12 tackles, including a sack (-7 yards) on fourth down to stall a drive in the second quarter. It marked the fifth turnover on downs the Mizzou defense has recorded this season. Brothers now has a nation-leading 103 tackles for the year.
• DE Charles Harris recorded 3.0 tackles for loss (-13 yards), giving him 15.5 TFLs on the season. He entered the game leading the SEC and ranked fifth nationally. In the second quarter, he notched a strip sack (-8 yards) and the fumble was recovered by DE Walter Brady. For Harris, it was his second forced fumble of the season and third of his career. It marked the first recovery of Brady’s career.
• DT Terry Beckner, Jr. recorded a sack (-9 yards) for the third game in a row, giving him 3.0 QB takedowns during his freshman season.
• CB Aarion Penton, LB Michael Scherer and S Anthony Sherrils all finished with eight tackles.
• K Andrew Baggett was responsible for 3 points and is now 26 points shy of the program scoring record.
• P Corey Fatony averaged 47.7 yards on nine punts. He tied a career-long with a 61-yard punts in the first and second quarter. Fatony also gained 26 rushing yards and a first down on a fake punt during the third quarter.