Troy D’Souza, 23 Sports

Friday, November 27–

As the Gary Pinkel era wound down at Mizzou, the Tigers failed to cap off the season as they hoped. In the Battle Line Rivalry game, Arkansas dominated the run game and the pace, as they went on to crush the Tigers 28-3.

Missouri received the ball to start the game, and once again could not get anything going offensively. The weather played a central role early in this one. After a Tiger three and out, Arkansas had a three and out of its own. Both teams exchanged bobbled punts in spite of the slippery conditions in Fayetteville. Arkansas reached the scoreboard first as Alex Collins ran in a four-yard touchdown.

Midway through the second quarter, Collins put the Razorbacks up 14-0 with a seven-yard rushing touchdown. On the ensuing drive, the Tigers seemed to have gained an offensive rhythm, but the 63-yard drive only resulted in a field goal.

Subsequently, Collins ran for a 25-yard touchdown before the half ended, his third and final score of the game, which put Arkansas up 21-3.

The third quarter was back and forth but uneventful to say the least. After a critical third down stop by Mizzou’s Anthony Sherrils, a personal foul was called on Kenya Dennis giving the Razorbacks a first down. This set up a nine-yard touchdown run by Kody Walker.

Mizzou’s offense looked better than it had all game to start the fourth quarter using a diamond wide receiver formation, which set up two first down runs by quarterback Drew Lock. Midway through the fourth, Aarion Penton intercepted a pass from Brandon Allen, but the ensuing possession resulted in another punt for the Tigers.

Arkansas went on to win 28-3, ending the Tigers’ season and likely their hopes for a bowl game.

A bright spot for Mizzou came in special teams. True freshman punter Corey Fatony broke the Mizzou record for punts in a single season with 81.

The game was also the last for Gary Pinkel. He finished his final season at 5-7 as he retires from coaching. The under 6-win season means the Tigers are not directly bowl eligible, but may be given a birth with a host of other teams failing to reach the 6-win mark.

Pinkel said the decision on whether Mizzou will attend a bowl with this record will ride on the decision of athletic director Mack Rhoades. Personally, Pinkel has hinted at foregoing a potential bowl game.

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