UConn could have forced overtime on the road against Missouri with a field goal. Instead, the Huskies elected to pass the ball on a fake field goal. The Tigers intercepted it and escaped with a narrow 9-6 win.
Missouri took a 2-0 lead in the first quarter on a blocked punt that resulted in a safety. The Huskies responded with a rushing touchdown on the next possession, but the extra point was blocked.
The Huskies nursed a 6-2 lead until Missouri QB Maty Mauk scored on a 2-yard touchdown run with just over five minutes left in the third quarter.
Here’s Tigers coach Gary Pinkel’s reaction to his team’s victory:
Mizzou coach Gary Pinkel on ESPN broadcast: "We have a lot of problems on offense."
— Nate Latsch (@NateLatsch) September 19, 2015
Pinkel opens, "Just another day …"
— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) September 19, 2015
Gary Pinkel: "Anticipated fake field goal…we have a lot of problems on offense, not in sync," he tells Olivia Harlan.
— Blair Kerkhoff (@BlairKerkhoff) September 19, 2015
Pinkel on the boos for Mauk: "every quarterback in America has gotten booed. You've just got to keep doing your job."
— David Morrison (@DavidCMorrison) September 19, 2015
Gary Pinkel on UConn: "They tried every fake in the history of fakes out there." #Mizzou
— Brandon Foster (@BFoster91) September 19, 2015