COLUMBIA — To few people's surprise, the Alabama Crimson Tide came to Columbia and beat the Tigers quite handily on Saturday. The final score was 42-10 and showcased an Alabama team that scored early and often. In fact, the only break the Tigers received during the Crimson onslaught came in the second quarter when rain forced the game to be delayed for 40 minutes.
The tone of the game was set right from the beginning when Alabama junior running back Eddie Lacy took a handoff 73 yards for a touchdown, 45 seconds into the first quarter.
The Tigers are now 3-4 and have yet to win a game against an SEC opponent. They have a bye next week and will look to regroup as they head into the last stretch of the season. After the game, Missouri wide receiver L'Damian Washington said, "Right now is when we really need to just draw the line in the sand and be like 'Hey let's get going, let's finish off the season strong, and let's get to a bowl game.'"
What others have to say
The final score of the game was not a shock to most people. Tigers sports blog Rock M Nation took an optimistic viewpoint in its postgame wrapup. Columnist Bill Connelly wrote that Missouri's pass defense was strong and players Kendial Lawrence and Russell Hansbrough had some good carries.
In a St. Louis Post-Dispatch article, Tigers head coach Gary Pinkel said, "That is maybe the best football team I've ever seen," referencing Alabama. One of the strongest aspects of the team is its running game. The Birmingham News called Alabama junior running back Eddie Lacy the "thunder" and freshman T.J. Yeldon the "lightning."
High school football
The Hickman football team continued its undefeated season, beating Jackson 27-14 Friday night. The Kewpies were slow to start the game and walked into the locker room at halftime with the game tied at seven. After a halftime speech from head coach Arnel Monroe, Hickman scored 20 unanswered points in the third quarter to seal its seventh victory of the season.
The 5-3 Rock Bridge Bruins needed overtime to beat Liberty High School on Friday. Liberty running back Matthew Zombo stretched his arms to the end zone on a run in overtime, but as he reached out, the ball slipped from his hands and rolled in the back of the end zone for a touchback, ending the game 28-21. Rock Bridge struggled offensively in the first half but was able to break out in the passing game, eventually giving the Bruins what they needed to win.
At the Midnight Madness celebration to kick off the Missouri men's basketball season, the fans who attended got to see a dunk contest between Stefan Jankovic, Jordan Clarkson, Phil Pressey, Earnest Ross and Keion Bell. Bell put a highlight on the night when he ended the contest by jumping over four members of the Zou Crew as he threw down a thunderous dunk.