Auburn Stuffs Mizzou in Battle of Tigers

Joey Miller, 23 Sports

Mizzou suffered their third consecutive loss on Saturday to the Auburn Tigers by a score of 51-14.

It was the Gold Rush game for the fans, with Faurot Field filled with gold-colored Mizzou gear of all kinds, with the exception of a heavily orange-filled corner with the Auburn student section making a visit to the Zou.

Auburn, ranked 15th in the nation was the easy favorite to win, and they did just that. Auburn’s standout player of the game was running back Kerryon Johnson, with 48 yards on the day and an incredible 5 touchdowns.

Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham ended the game with 218 passing yards and 1 touchdown against the infamously subpar Missouri secondary. Auburn even decided to let the backup Malik Willis take over in the fourth quarter to save Stidham.

Auburn’s kicker Daniel Carlson showed off his powerful leg, kicking three impressive field goals, the first one 41 yards, the second 52 yards, and the third 54 yards.

Drew Lock continued his offensive struggles, as it wasn’t until the second quarter until his offense could manage a 19-yard touchdown by Damarea Crockett to end the drought since week 2 versus South Carolina. The running game has been improving immensely, that being relative to the past three weeks in the Tigers 2017 season.

Lock scored once more with the second and final touchdown of the game to J’Mon Moore with a 25-yard pass, but it wouldn’t matter at that point with the five-possession lead Auburn still had over them.

On a more optimistic takeaway from Mizzou’s struggling football squad, punter Corey Fatony continues to excite the Mizzou fans with a phenomenal kick every time he seems to be called upon.

With yet another loss on a fastly declining year for Mizzou, it will be interesting to see if and when coach Barry Odom’s impending fire will be. Odom was hired as the Tigers head coach prior to the 2016 season after former coach and Mizzou legend Gary Pinkel left the team on account of being diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

Mizzou has a lot of work ahead of them, as their season doesn’t seem to get easier after this. Missouri will get a bye-week this upcoming week, and are scheduled to play their first away game of the season on October 7th at Kentucky.