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THIS WEEK IN MISSOURI SPORTS: Football holds annual Black and Gold scrimmage

Sunday, April 21, 2013 | 7:16 p.m. CDT
MU wide receiver Wesley Leftwich tries to stop defensive back John Gibson after he intercepted a pass at the spring Black & Gold game on Saturday at Faurot Field. Mizzou 1 defeated Tigers 2, 21-14, in the team's annual spring scrimmage. Mizzou 1 was the starters team and Tigers 2 was the reserve team.

COLUMBIA — The public got its first look at the 2013 Missouri Tigers football team on Saturday as the team hosted the Black and Gold scrimmage at Faurot Field.

With the team entering the spring with a quarterback competition, many fans were eager to see how the competition between the three would play out.

Quarterbacks struggle in Black and Gold game

The Missouri football team held its annual Black and Gold scrimmage game in front of 18,384 fans with the defense dominating for most of the afternoon. The Missouri defense intercepted Tiger quarterbacks four times during the scrimmage, leaving questions as to who will take the snaps for Missouri in the fall.

Both Corbin Berkstresser and Maty Mauk threw two interceptions each in an attempt to unseat last season's starter James Franklin. Franklin led the No. 1 offense on two scoring drives, but both were aided by big plays from running backs.

Head coach Gary Pinkel said he will set a temporary depth chart in the upcoming week and that the quarterback competition will continue in August.

Missouri softball bounces back against LSU

After struggling last week against Arkansas, the Missouri softball team looked to get back to its winning ways after falling out of the Top 10 rankings. Missouri traveled to Baton Rouge, La., from a three-game series against the team that knocked Missouri out of the NCAA Super Regional last season, LSU.

Missouri took care of business, taking two of three from LSU. In Friday's 6-1 win, Missouri pitcher Chelsea Thomas won her 103rd game as a Tiger, breaking the 30-year -old record previously held by Teresa Wilson.

Following Sunday's win, the Missouri softball team improved to 26-7 on the year and 11-6 in Southeastern Conference play.

Missouri baseball continues to struggle

The Missouri baseball team, after being swept by Vanderbilt last weekend, hosted No. 19 Florida in a three-game series. The Tigers entered the series in last place in the SEC and in danger of not making the SEC tournament.

Things did not get better for Missouri, however, as the Tigers dropped the first two games of the series, including a 15 inning thriller on Saturday.

Missouri won the final game of the series on Sunday 8-2 to improve its record to 13-22 overall and 5-13 in the SEC.


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