Garrett Bridges, 23 Sports

The Missouri Tigers came into Tuscaloosa, Alabama 3-2 and facing the seemingly impossible task of taking down by far the best team in the nation in their home stadium. After watching 4 quarters at Bryant-Denny Stadium, a major takeaway from the game had nothing to do with the Tigers, it was just remembering how impossible it has been for any team to hang with Alabama this year. The game was seen from the beginning of the year as the toughest of the season for Mizzou, already coming off two losses that shouldn’t have been losses. When it was all said and done, the Tide walked away with a 39-10 victory.

This game was actually very close after one quarter. After Mizzou won the toss and deferred, Alabama scored on the second play from scrimmage, as Alabama sophomore superstar QB Tua Tagovailoa found fellow sophomore WR Jerry Jeudy for an 81-yard TD. On Missouri’s first play from scrimmage, Drew Lock’s pass intended for Albert Okwuegbunam was intercepted by injury-replacement CB Savion Smith, who returned the ball inside the 10-yard line of Missouri. The blowout seemed to be on.

However, the Mizzou defense would hold strong this possession and hold Alabama to a FG to keep the score a more manageable 10-0 Alabama lead. Mizzou would come back with a FG of their own to make it 10-3. The Crimson Tide of Alabama came roaring back into the red zone, but again the Tiger defense would stand tall and force another field goal to hold the Tide’s lead to 13-3. Drew Lock and Missouri would score a TD on the next drive to close the gap to 13-10, on a beautiful throw by Lock to freshman WR Knox for the 20-yard TD. That would stay the score until the next quarter.

Unfortunately for the Tigers, that would be the end of the scoring for the Mizzou offense. Bama would finish the game with 26 unanswered points, including 17 in the second quarter. Mizzou almost held the Tide scoreless in the third quarter, but Drew Lock was sacked in the end zone for a safety on the final play of the third.

Lock had his third rough game in a row, going 13-26 (50%) for 142 yards. He had his first TD since the Purdue game, but also two interceptions, both to Savion Smith. Add to that a lost fumble that led to an Alabama TD on the very next play, and you have a tough night for the senior QB. To be fair, this is the second straight game Lock has played without his starting outside WRs, in Emmanuel Hall (death of father, groin) and Nate Brown (groin). However, Lock is very talented and has not risen above his lack of resources. Also, the offensive line played their worst game of the year, letting Lock get pressured the whole game and hardly ever allowing room for the running game to get going.

The Tiger defense, while allowing a lot of points, actually held Alabama 17 points below its season average of 56 points per game.

Terez Hall got ejected in the second quarter for targeting when the defense was in a groove. Also, defensive lineman Raekwon Davis of Alabama repeatedly punched Kevin Pendleton, yet was not ejected.

Alabama had 550 total yards compared to Mizzou’s 183.

Mizzou heads back home for homecoming against Memphis next Saturday at 3 p.m. Their Tigers lost a heartbreaker to UCF 31-30 on Saturday.