Mizzou Falls to ISU 20-14

The Tigers outgained Iowa State by almost 80 yards on offense. Missouri played pretty decent defense against the Cyclones. So why did Missouri lose the game on Saturday in Columbia? Turnovers: Missouri 2, Iowa State 0.

At times, it seemed like Missouri was running the ball at will against Iowa State Saturday in Columbia. The Tigers averaged 6.2 yards a carry with Zack Abron and and Kirk Farmer both having excellent rushing days averaging over 7 yards a carry.

However, inexplicably, Missouri's offense didn't press it's advantage in the running game against the smaller Cyclones.

Too many times, the Tigers would fall back to old habits and attempt short passes to the flats after rushing the ball well on the first down and leave difficult third down conversions.

And, did we mention the two costly turnovers?

Octavius Jackson's fourth quarter fumble on a return was clearly the turning point of this game. It set up Iowa State deep in Missouri territory, and gave the Cyclones the ultimate advantage that Missouri couldn't overcome late in the game.

Missouri didn't play a bad game against Iowa State. However, when you limit a team to less than 300 yards of total offense and you're at home, you have to find ways to win this type of game.

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