Missouri Tigers wide receiver L'Damian Washington (2) reaches out for a pass while guarded by Mississippi Rebels defensive back Derrick Jones (19) during the game at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Missouri Tigers defeat the Mississippi Rebels 24-10. (Spruce Derden, USA TODAY Sports)

The Postgame: Missouri Tigers Outlast the Ole Miss Rebels


VITALS

Score: Missouri Tigers 24, at Ole Miss Rebels 10

It Was Over When: Ole Miss wide receiver Donte Moncrief dropped a pass in the Mizzou endzone. If the catch would have been completed, the Rebels would be down by only 7 points. Instead Mizzou held onto the ball for nearly 8 minutes on 15 plays to run out the clock.

Player of the Game: Good ol’ Henry Josey rushed for 95 yards and 2 touchdowns, literally half of the Tigers’ points.

Fun Fact:  Head Coach Gary Pinkel just claimed his 100th win with the Tigers. He’s been at Mizzou for 12 years now, and he’s done a pretty spectacular job. Keep up the good work, Coach.

 

FOUR THOUGHTS

Welcome Back, James Franklin

The Senior quarterback played in his first game back since his injury in the Georgia game on October 12th. Although he didn’t produce great numbers in his return, it’s always good to see the starting quarterback healthy. The game time he got tonight will help him get back into the swing of the things before next week’s game.

The Defense Shutdown the Redzone

First of all, the defense played well all game, but they dominated in when Ole Miss go past the 20-yard line. The Rebels reached the redzone 3 times, and all those possessions combined only earned them 3 points. It doesn’t get much better than that.

If the players really want to know what they can work on, and they ask me (they won’t), I would suggest to improve the passing defense. The Rebels’ Donte Moncrief had 115 yards on 6 receptions. Just one thing I thought I’d point out.

They Played Like They Belong

The Tigers showed that they deserve to be in the Top 10 of college football. The defense was exceptional, the offense was adequate (not necessarily what you want to hear but it’s better than total failure), and the team controlled the clock and the turnovers. Mizzou can be so good and so bad in the same game, which has hurt them at times in the past, but the Tigers made very few mistakes tonight.

It’s All or Nothing from Now On

Next weeks game against Johnny Football and Texas A&M is huge. How huge? Bigger than the South Carolina game for sure. But I don’t want to blow it out of proportion because if the Tigers do win, they go on to the SEC Championship Game, which is crazy huge for the Mizzou program. But if they win that game, they will be playing in one of the top BCS Bowl games, which is mind-bottling huge. Any loss, at any time will stop these bonkers dreams I’m having.

..But if they would happen to beat Alabama, it would be bo-nan-ners.

 

 

 

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