Drops homecoming game 51-45 to Middle Tennessee State



Charlie Clarke


COLUMBIA, Missouri – Missouri football committed 13 penalties and allowed 584 yards to Middle Tennessee in its 51-45 loss at Faurot Field on Saturday.


The game was decided by Missouri’s 13th and final penalty, a holding call on defensive back Logan Cheadle. The penalty extended MTSU’s drive, one that lasted 4:25 and resulted in a punt with 40 seconds left in the fourth quarter.


Drew Lock and the Missouri offense weren’t able to stage a comeback, leaving the Raiders to celebrate on the SEC logo of Faurot Field.


“We gave away over 100 yards in penalties,” Barry Odom said. “We did not give ourselves a chance to win.”


Images of the stellar Missouri defense of 2015 continue to move further and further into the past. In its third consecutive contest surrendering north of 40 points, Mizzou allowed 300 rushing yards and 27 first downs.


The Tigers combatted with 384 rushing yards and 36 first downs of their own. Damarea Crockett rushed for 156 yards and 4 TD while Ish Whitter finished with 122 yards. The Missouri offense wasn’t at fault for a crushing homecoming defeat.


“I thought we ran the ball really well tonight,” said Drew Lock. “It obviously starts with our offensive line blocking really well.”


On the defensive end, Mizzou missed tackles left and right. MTSU runningback I’Tavius Mathers set a career high with 215 yards on 28 carries. Raiders receiver Richie James finished with 129 yards and a touchdown on five receptions.


“I thought we tackled very poorly,” Odom said. “Against a spread offense, (bad tackling) gets exposed pretty quickly.”


Defensive pieces Michael Scherer, Jon Gibson and Terry Beckner Jr. all left the game with injuries. Mizzou football hasn’t given any updates yet on the injuries of the three players.


The Tigers (2-5, 0-3) will face Kentucky (Game is still going on) at home next week in a battle of SEC East foes.