COLUMBIA– Bobbled snaps, fumbles, injuries and a sluggish offense all lead to a sloppy 19-15 loss to Vanderbilt on Saturday night.
Coach Gary Pinkel said junior quarterback James Franklin will be out for a few weeks with a sprained MCL. Backup quarterback Corbin Berkstresser only completed nine of 30 passes on the night against the Commodores. One of those passes went for an 85-yard-touchdown, but Missouri failed to convert an extra point to tie the game. Vanderbilt went on to kick a field goal to seal a victory.
Injuries and sloppy play weren't the only issues to mar the Tiger's week. Five freshman football players, including last year's No. 1 recruit Dorial Green-Beckham, were suspended for Saturday night's game for off-the-field drug issues. Dorial Green-Beckham and two other players were arrested on suspicion of marijuana possession.
What others had to say
Saturday night's loss could put Missouri's bowl game hopes in jeopardy, according to The Kansas City Star. Six wins are required for the Tigers to become bowl eligible. The quest for a bowl game will only get tougher next week when No. 1 ranked Alabama comes to Memorial Stadium.
Rock M Nation blogger Bill Connelly thinks Missouri's string of injuries are to blame for this season's mishaps. Missouri has not played a single snap with its ideal 11 starters on the field, according to Connelly.
High school football
Rock Bridge lost to Rockhurst 38-21 in their first home game loss. A pair of turnovers in the fourth quarter erased any chance of a Rock Bridge win. Wide receiver Kenny James said he intends to use this loss as motivation for more wins in the future.
Shelby Wilson, a member of Rock Bridge's football team and a rodeo competitor, tackles both humans and calfs. Coach A.J. Ofodile said the safety has an uncanny ability to tackle people to the ground without hurting them.
Other Missouri Sports
Missouri's high shot count in Sunday's soccer game against Mississippi State led to a 2-0 Tiger victory. Taiwo Adeshigbin, fresh from a bout with the flu, was able to score a goal in the 38 minutes she played. The Tigers go to Gainsville, Fl., next week to face the Florida Gators.
Former MU gymnast Alex Skinner turned to diving after five knee surgeries forced her to quit gymnastics. She competed in her first collegiate meet at the Show-Me Showdown on Friday.