Plenty of great individual highlights, but more work needed as the Tigers beat South Dakota State (VIDEO)
At times it wasn’t pretty, but the Missouri Tigers made enough big plays to pull away for a 38-18 victory over South Dakota State on a steamy Saturday afternoon at Faurot Field. When the game was hanging in the balance with Mizzou clinging to a three-point lead, the defending SEC East Champs stepped up all three phases of their game to keep down the feisty Jackrabbits.
Quick Hit Game Notes:
-With Duron Singleton’s first half interception, the Tigers have created a turnover in 45 straight games, tops in the nation.
-Darius White’s 44 yard touchdown pass was the longest of his career. His 83 total yards were a career best
-Russell Hansbrough rushed for a career high 126 yards.
-Marcus Murphy’s 100 yard kickoff return for touchdown was the longest return since 1977.
Watch our postgame comments…looking back, the win wasn’t all that ugly.
The Tigers put the game out of reach early in the fourth quarter. A 30 yard touchdown pass on a 3rd and 9 from Mauk to Bud Sasser in the endzone. Mauk was blitzed and heaved up a throw into man on man coverage. The drive covered three plays after a 20 yard punt by South Dakota State.
Zach Lujan, SD State’s backup QB, hit on three long passes, but Ian Simon stripped a Rabbit receiver inside the 15, recovered by Braylon Webb.
Fatique became a factor as the Tigers defense looked strong down the stretch after spending nearly 14 minutes on the field in the third quarter.
Mizzou’s defense finished with three turnovers.
Hansbrough finished with a career high 126 rushing yards.
Third Quarter Recap
Backup quarterback Zach Lujan went 4 of 5 on the opening drive of the second half leading South Dakota State down the field, setting up a three-yard TD run from Zenner, his second of the game. Lujan then dropped a nice lob pass to the side of the endzone for a two-point conversion to cut the lead to 21-18.
Marcus Murphy returned the ensuing kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown.
Jake Wieneke made a one handed catch for 44 yards down to the #Mizzou 30, but just a couple of plays later Lujan overthrew his receiver giving Aarion Penton an easy pick in the endzone.
The teams traded punts and Mizzou took over with :44 left in the third quarter. The Tigers offense held the ball for exactly one minute up to that point this quarter.
2ND QUARTER RECAP
Second Quarter Recap
After another Tiger drive stalled, Baggett attempted a 55-yarder and was short and wide to the right, giving SD State the ball at their own 37 with 10:53 to play.
A running into the kicker penalty kept a South Dakota State drive alive as the Jackrabbits drove down to the Mizzou 22. Justin Syrovatka hit a 39 yard field goal to make it a 21-10 Mizzou lead with 3:58 to play in the first half. The field goal capped an 11-play, 41 yard drive.
Up to this point, South Dakota State winning the special teams matchup.
Mizzou’s next possession stalled on questionable playing, lining up five receivers and an empty backfield on a 3rd and 2. Mauk forced to scramble and throw out of bounds bring up a punt and give the Jackrabbits the ball at their 31 with 2:19 to play.
A three and out, gave Mizzou the ball with 1:25 to play at their own 30, but the drive stalled and the clock ran out with the Tigers holding an 11-point lead at the half.
Mizzou is outgaining South Dakota State 256-145, with the Tigers getting outrushed 117-112. Zach Zenner has 99 yards for the Jackrabbits.