Missouri senior linebacker Andrew Wilson finished second on the team with 11 tackles, including six solo stops, but the Tigers gave up a record number of yards to Tre Mason and the Auburn offense. While the numbers were big, there were bright moments for the defense.
Mizzou extended its nation-leading streak of games forcing a takeaway to 43 games when junior DE Kony Ealy sacked Auburn QB Nick Marshall and stripped him of the football. The forced fumble was the third of Ealy’s career.
Ealy’s next big play resulted in points for Mizzou, as he forced a second Marshall fumble that was scooped up by senior CB E.J. Gaines and returned 11 yards to put Mizzou up 17-14 early in the second quarter. Gaines was Mizzou’s first fumble return for a touchdown since Georgia on Oct. 12.