Ugly: There’s A Lot To Talk About
- Couldn’t Capitalize On Turnovers
The Missouri Tigers were given a few opportunities to score off of turnovers but couldn’t make it happen. West Virginia’s back up quarterback, Billy Crest, fumbled at the seven yard line in Missouri’s red zone. Mizzou ran the ball twice and threw a contested pass in the corner of the end zone for no points.
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The field goal kicker couldn’t even put in a 24-yard field goal to cut the Mountaineers lead to a touchdown and an extra point. The Tigers trailed 13-3 going into halftime instead of 13-10, 13-9, or 13-6.
This mishap came back to hunt Mizzou later in the game. The Mountaineers received the ball after halftime and marched down the field scoring another touchdown increasing the lead to 20-3. The game was over basically after that.
- Couldn’t Sustain Long Offensive Drives
The Missouri Tigers had a game plan to force the tempo in the fast direction. Unfortunately, the plan failed.
The offense went fast that’s for sure but the unit didn’t come up with enough points. A few key drops from wide receivers didn’t help either.
- The Defense Looked Way Off
The defense gave up 5.0 rushing yards per attempt. The unit also allowed two rushing touchdowns the majority of which looked easy to me. The defense let 6.8 yards per passing attempt fly by them as well. It wasn’t fun to watch.
West Virginia possessed the ball around nine minutes more than the Missouri Tigers. This may have played a role in the defense getting destroyed but not a major reason.