The Mizzou football team held their first scrimmage of the 2013 spring camp on Saturday morning at Faurot Field. While the offense got off to a quick start, it was the defense that led the day with a 24-10 victory.
The offense got four touchdowns, including two from redshirt freshman QB Maty Mauk. He scrambled for a 13 yard score and then ended the scrimmage with a 30-yard pass to backup RB TB Miles Drummond. Mauk threw for a team-best 140 yards (11-of-19 passing) and also had a scrimmage-high 81 yards rushing on 8 attempts. He also threw one interception.
James Franklin completed 13-of-22 passes for 115 yards and a touchdown of 25-yards to Dorial Green-Beckham. Beckham led all Tiger receivers with seven receptions for 82 yards. The touchdown came after an earlier interception that Franklin shook off.
The defense was led by Michael Sam and Michael Scherer. Sam had 1.5 sacks, and a tackle for loss. His laid a hit on QB Corbin Berkstresser, knocking the ball loose, and falling on it.
Scherer, who sat out most of last season with a leg injury, had two interceptions. On the first, redshirt freshman CB John Gibson got his hand on a pass over the middle, tipping the ball high in the air. Scherer grabbed it at the 30 stalling the drive. Gibson broke up two other passes.
Mizzou will be off from practice for a couple of days, before they return to the practice field for workouts on Tuesday and Thursday. They will hold another major scrimmage next Saturday (April 13), and then hold two more practices prior to the April 20 Black and Gold Game at Faurot Field where kickoff is set for 1 p.m.