It’s another Sunday of mixed feelings for Missouri fans. For the second week in a row the defense was up to the challenge, only to be let down by an offense that couldn’t find the end zone. Saturday’s 9-6 loss at UGA was a historically bad one in the Gary Pinkel era.
Here are three things to know:
- Saturday’s loss was squarely on the shoulders of the offense. Freshman quarterback Drew Lock said it best: “It makes it 10 times worse, because they’re out there busting their butt for us, coming up with stop after stop after stop.” For the second week in a row the Tigers were held without a touchdown. Mizzou finished with just 164 yards of total offense and six first downs. It was the first time since 1995 that the Tigers have failed to score a touchdown in back-to-back games.
- Mizzou’s defense continued to perform at an elite level, despite being hung out to dry. UGA not only won the time of possession battle (38:55 to 21:05), but the Dawgs ran 77 plays compared to just 48 by the Tigers. Despite that overwhelming advantage, UGA was held without a touchdown for the first time since 2010. Kentrell Brother’s racked up a career-high 17 tackles, helping to hold UGA to 298 yards and holding Sony Michel to just 87 yards, making him the first Bulldog to lead the team in rushing and not eclipse 100 yards in UGA’s last 20 games. Saturday also marked the first time at Mizzou that a Pinkel defense gave up less than 10 points and lost. The Tigers were previously 29-0 in such games.
- The loss to UGA not only handed Mizzou back-to-back losses for the first time since 2012, but also put a damper on the Tigers’ bowl hopes. Mizzou needs two more wins to reach bowl eligibility, but those wins are becoming increasingly more difficult to find. A trip to Vanderbilt won’t be a gimme, but the Tigers will be favored. Beyond that, Mizzou will likely be an underdog in its remaining four games (Mississippi State, BYU, Tennessee and Arkansas). Under Pinkel, Mizzou has been to 10 bowl games, nine of which have come in the last 10 years.
Other Mizzou news from around the Internet
- Mizzou’s offense is too much dead weight, wrote Joe Walljasper of the Columbia Tribune, saying that “Punting has become Missouri’s main mode of moving the ball.”
- “We’ve got a Wild-Wild-West style punt-out going on here in Athens,” tweeted PowerMizzou.com’s Pete Scantlebury. He was only half kidding. Read his game recap here.