Indiana gives Missouri football first loss of the season

Indiana gives Missouri football first loss of the season

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By Matt Weller, 23 Sports-

Saturday, Sept. 20-

The 18th ranked Missouri Tigers suffered their first defeat of the 2014 season in heartbreaking fashion Saturday at home against the Indiana Hoosiers of the Big 10.

It certainly looked like Missouri had clinched the victory when Hoosier quarterback Nate Sudfeld’s pass, intended for receiver Dominique Booth, fell incomplete from his own 29-yard line. Seconds after the celebration commenced at Faurot Field, however, Missouri cornerback John Gibson was penalized for defensive pass interference, resulting in an Indiana first down.

Three plays later, now with just 22 seconds remaining in the game, the visiting Hoosiers scored a three yard touchdown run, taking a lead they would hold on to, and upsetting the Tigers 31-27.

Missouri also lost its streak of 47 consecutive games of forcing a turnover, the longest active streak in the NCAA. Before Saturday, the last time the Tigers had not forced a turnover was at home against Colorado on October 9, 2010, a game they won 26-0.

Missouri struggled to stop Indiana’s running game as the Hoosiers ran for 247 yards, 132 of which from junior Tevin Coleman, and averaged nearly five yards per carry. The Tigers struggled defensively without starting defensive end Markus Golden, who entered the day fifth in the nation in sacks (4.0) and tackles for loss (6.5).

Without Golden at his usual left end, the Hoosiers ran that way with ease and Missouri mustered only two sacks in the contest, a season low. Despite the low sack total, the Tigers defense was strong on third down, allowing just one conversion on 14 tries.

Missouri’s offense did not play well, scoring a season low 27 points. The first time the offense found their way was in the fourth, scoring 10 consecutive points to put the Tigers ahead.

Quarterback Maty Mauk threw 48 passes, a career high, and led the team to over 500 yards of offense. Mauk struggled with inaccuracy for much of the contest, however, specifically on an interception deep in Missouri territory.

Receiver Bud Sasser was Mauk’s top target Saturday, as the 6’2” senior posted career highs with 12 catches and 153 yards receiving. Jimmie Hunt and Sean Culkin also caught touchdown passes for the Tigers.

Junior running back Russell Hansborough continued his strong start to the season with 118 yards rushing, including a 68-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.

The impressive offensive numbers were not enough however, as 13.5-point favored Missouri suffered just their second home loss since 2012.

Faurot Field was eerily quiet after Marcus Murphy was tackled around the Hoosiers 40-yard line on the final play of the game.

Missouri will open SEC play in their next game on the road against South Carolina on Sept. 27.