Shane Palma-23Sports

The Missouri Tigers lost to the Vanderbilt Commodores this past Saturday by a score of 21-14. After winning their last five games, all of which have been at Faurot Field, Mizzou could not keep up their momentum on the road in Nashville. This loss is their second on the season and second while playing away from home, with the first dating back to week 1 in Wyoming. The offense, which had scored at least 30 points in every game they’ve played this season, was almost non-existent in this game.

Quarterback Kelly Bryant ended the day with more rushing attempts than total competitions. He threw for one touchdown and one interception along with 140 passing yards. On the ground, Bryant ran for 72 yards on 16 carries, proving that the knee injury narrative is no longer an issue. Other running backs Tyler Badie and Larry Rountree III (one touchdown) combined for 76 rushing yards. Wideout Kam Scott led the team in receiving with two catches for 69 yards through the air.

As for the defense, linebacker Cameron Wilkins was the only standout performer on the afternoon, registering half a sack and the team’s lone interception. Cornerback Tyree Gillespie was ejected from the contest midway through after a targeting call on Vanderbilt’s quarterback. Vandy running back Ke’Shawn Vaughn could not be stopped this game, especially late in the fourth quarter. Giving the Mizzou defense fits, Vaughn rushed 29 times for 96 yards and a score.

A huge upset at home for Vanderbilt (2-5), the Commodores will look to make it back to back victories in two weeks against South Carolina (3-4). The Missouri Tigers, now 5-2, will attempt to salvage their season and SEC East chances next week at Kentucky (3-4).