No. 1 Alabama Runs Over Mizzou

The Missouri Tigers Football team takes on the No. 1 and defending National Championship Alabama Crimson Tide. MUTV takes you in the action with exclusive sideline footage and in game action.

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This one was over before it started. Or rather, 45 seconds after it started. Eddie Lacey raced 73 yards on the game’s opening drive and No. 1 Alabama never looked back, steamrolling its way to a 42-10 victory over the Tigers.

Mizzou simply had no answer for the Crimson Tide’s running back tandem of Lacey and T.J. Yeldon, who combined for 320 yards and five touchdowns. Missouri, on the other hand, managed only 26 yards on the ground against a defense whose dominance showed throughout the game.

Limiting Mizzou to only 152 yards of total offense, the Crimson Tide defense forced two Corbin Berkstresser interceptions. Alabama was in the Missouri backfield all afternoon, stuffing the run and keeping Berkstresser out of his comfort zone. The Mizzou quarterback finished just 12 of 29 on the day for only 126 yards.

Mizzou head coach Gary Pinkel knew the Tigers only way to keep this one close was by playing lights-out defense. Although he won the coin toss, he deferred for the second half, trying to get some early momentum if his defense could come up with a stop.

Lacey had other ideas, and after his long run put ‘Bama on top early, he immediately followed it up with a dive into the endzone from the three yards out. Alabama however, wasn’t finished in the first quarter. After a blocked Trew Barrow punt set the Tide up at Mizzou’s 17-yard line, the visitors pounded it in once more, this time with Yeldon from the one.

After Yeldon scored again to make it 27-0, officials postponed action for 30 minutes due to inclement weather. The break gave the Tigers a brief shot in the arm, as Marcus Murphy took the ensuing kickoff 98 yards for a score. The lone bright spot on Mizzou’s day, Murphy broke a school record for most touchdown returns in a season with three.

A 41-yard Andrew Baggett field goal in the third quarter brought the Tigers within 28-10, but that was the closest it would get. With eight minutes remaining in the game, Lacey put an exclamation point at the end of his night with a one-yard plunge into the endzone. Another meaningless late Alabama touchdown padded the Tide’s lead.

Mizzou falls to 3-4 overall and 0-4 in Southeastern Conference play. The Tigers get a much needed bye week, as they try to rebound for their Homecoming game against Kentucky on October 27.

-Gregory Dailey
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Staff Writer