Tigers sink Commodores in Homecoming victory

Tailgater hosts Tyler Murry and Sam Weiger bring you the highlights for Missouri football’s homecoming victory over Vanderbilt.


By Anthony Romano, 23 Sports

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Maty Mauk and Bud Sasser re-established their end zone connection on Saturday, as the duo’s pair of touchdowns propelled Missouri (6-2) to a 24-14 victory over Vanderbilt (2-6).

Mauk finished the game 11-for-23, with 141 yards and two touchdowns – his first in conference play this season. The 6-foot-1-inch sophomore added 58 yards on the ground to contribute to an impressive rushing performance overall for the Tigers.

In what was the 103rd Homecoming celebration for Missouri, the home team began the game on offense, and it was the running attack that shined from the very beginning. Marcus Murphy, Russell Hansbrough and Mauk ran for all but five of the drive’s 44 yards, which concluded with an Andrew Baggett 37-yard field goal, giving Mizzou an early 3-0 lead.

The two teams exchanged punts on the ensuing seven drives, as penalties and inaccurate passing plagued both sides early on. Missouri was flagged 13 times in the game, the most since 2007 against Kansas.

With the ball at their own 23-yard line, the Tigers were carried by Hansbrough, who caught a 17-yard pass from Mauk, and directly followed it with a 13-yard run to bring Mizzou into the red zone. Four plays later, the tailback out of Arlington, Texas took the ball ten yards to the house for a touchdown, giving Missouri a 10-0 lead. Hansbrough finished the game with 87 yards on 19 carries.

The Commodores had 3:19 remaining in the second quarter to get on the scoreboard, and they did, as freshman quarterback Johnny McCrary found tight end Nathan Marcus for a 9-yard touchdown pass to cut Missouri’s lead to 10-7 heading into the half.

Vanderbilt received the kickoff in the third quarter and advanced the ball down to Missouri’s 44-yard line, but the drive stalled when McCrary’s pass was intercepted by safety Braylon Webb at the 26-yard line.

Later in the quarter, with Missouri facing a third-and-15 scenario, Mauk kept the ball and took it 36 yards down to the Vanderbilt 13-yard line. On the next play, he found Sasser in the end zone to end his three game scoring drought and put the Tigers up 17-7.

When the fourth quarter began, Mizzou controlled the ball and managed to drive to Vanderbilt’s 23-yard line, but kicker Andrew Baggett missed a 42-yard field goal attempt and the Commodores’ offense took over. McCrary led his team 76 yards on only six plays, as a 29-yard touchdown pass to C.J. Duncan made it a three point game with just under seven minutes remaining.

The upset was not meant to be, however, as Vanderbilt could not stop the Missouri rushing attack and, with only 2:05 remaining in the game, Mauk found Sasser yet again for a 25-yard score to give the Tigers a 24-14 lead, a score that stood as the final.

Overall, Missouri rushed for 244 yards in the win and that, along with some timely passing by Mauk, was enough to end Mizzou’s two game home losing streak and send the crowd of 65,264 home happy.

Missouri stays in Columbia next week, as the Tigers will host Kentucky (5-3) at 3 p.m. on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.