Without Franklin, Missouri football holds off Arizona State

Saturday, September 15, 2012 | 9:29 p.m. CDT; updated 11:30 p.m. CDT, Saturday, September 15, 2012
Kony Ealy, center, and Evan Finkenburg, right, grab at each others' helmets during the first quarter of the Missouri vs. Arizona State football game Saturday at Memorial stadium.

COLUMBIA — Missouri quarterback Corbin Berkstresser helped the Tigers beat Arizona State 24-20 on Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.

Berkstresser, who started in place of injured quarterback James Franklin, completed 21 of his 40 passes for 198 yards and one interception. He also ran for a 6-yard touchdown in the first quarter.

Running back Kendial Lawrence led Missouri in rushing with 55 yards and two touchdowns. Arizona State running back Marion Grice also scored twice, including a 9-yard run in the fourth quarter to bring the Sun Devils within four points of the Tigers.

Missouri kicker Andrew Baggett struggled, making just one of his four field goal attempts. With Missouri's missed opportunities, Arizona State had an opportunity to take the lead with a second-and-goal from the 1-yard line. The Missouri defense held and forced a turnover on downs.

The Sun Devils forced a punt and got the the ball back, but the Tigers' defense held again, with senior safety Kenronte Walker pulling in an interception to seal the win.

Missouri will play its first road game next week when the Tigers play the South Carolina Gamecocks at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Columbia, S.C.

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