MIZZOU FALLS TO LSU 42-7
By Charlie Clarke
BATON ROUGE, La. – On October 12, 2014, Missouri football played a Todd Gurley-less Georgia. That contest turned out to be Nick Chubb’s coming out party and the Bulldogs prevailed 34-0 at Faurot Field.
On Saturday night, Mizzou faced a Leonard Fournette-less LSU in Baton Rouge. Fournette’s impact wasn’t missed. Rather, LSU’s backup running back, Derrius Guice, embarrassed the Mizzou run defense for a first half performance to remember.
In LSU head coach Ed Orgeron’s debut, the home Tigers rolled to a convincing 42-7 win in Death Valley.
The Derrius Guice show started on the second drive of the game when he gashed the Missouri defense for 60 yards and a touchdown on just five attempts. The drive included a highlight reel 42-yard outburst that thoroughly displayed Guice’s impressive agility.
Guice’s yards per carry number didn’t fall much from there. The sophomore halfback sliced and diced his way to 163 yards and 3 TD’s on just 17 carries. He finished with a 9.6 yards per carry mark.
Guice split carries with junior running back Darrel Williams, who put on a show of his own. Williams finished with 130 yards and 3 TD on 21 carries. The duo contributed to a thorough shellacking of Mizzou’s defense. LSU finished with 418 yards on the ground.
Missouri’s secondary struggled to tackle all game. The relatively solid MU defense vanished on Saturday. MU surrendered 634 total yards and 30 first downs to LSU.
Mizzou’s offense did its defense no favors. Heupel’s fast-paced style yielded no success whatsoever. The result was an incredibly crooked 42:33-17:27 time of possession figure in favor of LSU.
“You could feel it for sure,” said Mizzou linebacker Michael Scherer on the uneven possession numbers. “But what are you going to do? You’ve got to line up and play.”
Drew Lock had far and away his worst game of the season. Mizzou’s sophomore quarterback finished just 17-37 for 167 yards, 0 TD and 1 INT. Lock was also sacked twice. He’d only been sacked once prior to Saturday’s contest.
The Mizzou running game was nonexistent. Apart from a 21-yard run from Damarea Crockett, Missouri broke out for no explosive running plays. LSU’s defense locked down up front and in the secondary for an utterly dominant performance.
“Obviously I didn’t do enough this week to get us ready to go play against a team like LSU,” Mizzou head coach Barry Odom said. “I have great belief with all of my soul that we are a much better football team than that.”
Missouri scored its lone touchdown on a trick play that involved a pair of handoffs and a 21-yard touchdown pass from wide receiver Eric Laurent to Lock. The touchdown came at the 6:11 mark in the fourth quarter.
Missouri moves to 2-3 (0-2) with the loss. A bye week follows for Mizzou before they encounter Florida in Gainesville on October 15. LSU moves to 3-2 (2-1) with the win and they face Florida next Saturday.