Johnny McCrary. For the second week in the row McCrary played well. He completed two scoring passes during the game, including one that C.J. Duncan caught over his shoulder late in the fourth quarter that narrowed the Mizzou lead to 17-14. McCrary's quickness helped against the vaunted Missouri D-line which was limited to just a couple sacks.
Stephen Weatherly. Outside linebacker Stephen Weatherly finished with two sacks including a huge third down sack late in the third quarter with the Tigers threatening. Weatherly now has 2 1/2 sacks on the season.
Neutralization of Shane Ray. Ray had 10 sacks coming into the game with Vanderbilt. Only Georgia had held him sackless. On Saturday Vanderbilt was added to that list. Again, some of that success was due to McCrary's elusiveness.
THE BAD AND UGLY
Running game. Missouri loaded the box and dared Vandy to pass but almost didn't work. Vanderbilt finished with just 44 yards total rushing and Ralph Webb had 34 of those, his lowest game rushing performance of the season. He averaged a paltry 2.1 yards per carry and his longest gain was for just 10 yards. Webb's average per carry has steadily dropped as the season has progressed. Maybe he has a nagging injury that needs to be addressed.
Missouri's last scoring drive. The Commodore defense came so close to stopping the Tigers on their last scoring drive that basically locked up the Mizzou win. Several times Vandy players looked like they had the Tigers stopped. Then when they did a face mask penalty gave UM new life. Finally, on the Tiger's scoring catch Missouri's receiver Bud Sasser can clearly be seen grasping Torren McGaster's face mask and shoving him back to gain position... as the spineless SEC official watches and does nothing. So the SEC officials basically nailed Vandy on an inadvertent face mask penalty to keep the Tiger's drive going and then allowed an intentional face mask grasping to allow a Missouri score. Who knows what would have happened if Vandy would have gotten that ball back down 17-14? We'll never know the answer.
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