Tyler Fitton, 23 Sports

In an extreme offensive battle, the Missouri Tigers of the SEC visited the Big Ten’s Purdue Boilermakers in West Lafayette, Indiana Saturday night. The game concluded in dramatic fashion. This game was a tale of two quarterbacks, with both Mizzou’s Drew Lock and Purdue’s David Blough amassing over 350 yards. Blough had easily the more impressive statline however, with 572 yards, a career high, and three touchdowns to one interception.

Some of the positives for the Tiger offense were Larry Rountree’s 168 yards along with several impressive receivers, including Jalen Knox’s 110 yards and a touchdown. While the offense looked impressive (despite some suspect play calling or decisions here and there) the defense looked nothing short of abysmal. Missed tackles and blown coverages littered the defensive side of the ball for the Tigers, and very nearly lost them the game had the offense not played well. It seemed that Purdue wide receivers were practically untouched down field every other play, and it just burned out the Tigers defense constantly having to chase after players who they did not even notice slip by them. This gave Blough a field day, which allowed him to have a career game.

In the end, Tucker McCann hit the game winning field goal for the Tigers, a 25-yard boot as time expired to give Mizzou the 40-37 victory. Missouri’s game winning drive was helped along by two Drew Lock completions, one to Tyler Badie for 20 yards and one to Emanuel Hall for 25.

The Tigers are now entering the toughest stretch of their entire season, playing No. 3 ranked Georgia, then going to South Carolina, and finally traveling to Tuscaloosa to face the the No. 1 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide. If Mizzou wants to even have a chance at beating any of these teams, the defense is going to have to tighten up tremendously. If Drew Lock keeps just doing his thing, the Tigers’ offense will be fine.