On Saturday, the Missouri Tigers (0-1) opened the Barry Odom era by losing to West Virginia (1-0) by a final score of 26-11.
West Virginia jumped out early, and despite being out-gained by Missouri in the 1st half the Mountaineers took a 13-3 halftime lead. Then, the Mountaineers took the opening kick-off of the 2nd half and drove 70 yards in 8 plays for a touchdown to extend their lead to 20-3.
"I didn't have them prepared well enough today to go win the football game," admitted Coach Odom. "There's some things we will build on."
Missouri's Drew Lock didn't get enough help, as the Tigers' running game was not effective enough, and the Missouri receivers dropped several passes. Lock: 23-51-0 for a career-high 280 yards, 1 TD.
The Missouri defense certainly wasn't as good as last year's unit, as West Virginia averaged 5.8 yards/play, including 5.02 yards/carry. The Missouri defense stiffened in the red zone, and the Mountaineers were forced to cash in with 4 field goals, in addition to their 2 rushing TDs. The Missouri defense posted 6 tackles-for-loss, but no sacks.
Missouri won the turnover battle 3-1, but the Tigers' freshman placekicker, Tucker McCann, was just 1-for-3 on field goal attempts. All three were chip shots, and he twice missed badly.
Missouri's J-Mon Moore and Chris Black each had over 100 yards receiving, although Black's numbers were much more efficient and productive, as the Alabama grad transfer was targeted just 7 times, and made 6 receptions for 102 yards and 1 TD.
Moore on the other hand was not at all efficient, as he was targeted 23 times, but made just 8 receptions for 104 yards. At times, Lock appeared to lock onto Moore, who repeatedly failed to get open or make contested catches.