It was all set up for Missouri to have a chance to win the SEC East. It was still unlikely but things had fallen their way and put the Tigers in position for it. If nothing else Missouri had a leg up on Florida and Georgia. But Saturday the Tigers had their typical thud of a game and lost at Vanderbilt 21-14.
As we wait for a ruling in the postseason ban appeal, the Tigers were playing to win their division. This loss at Vanderbilt will tell a lot about this team. Will they fold and finish the season poorly or will this bring them together and bring out the best in the team? Will this game cause the Tigers to miss out on a great opportunity? Next week should tell us a lot. For now, all we know is that Missouri is 0-2 on the road this season and both times looked like a completely different team than the one that plays in Columbia, Missouri.
RB Ke’Shawn Vaughn took a short pass 61 yards for a touchdown to give Vanderbilt a 14-7 lead with 2:06 left in the first half. So many times the overwhelming underdog will take a lead and then immediately give it right back. That happened in this game. But when Vanderbilt scored on their last possession of the half to go up 14-7 it let everyone know that this would not be a normal game in which the underdog would fold.
LB Nick Bolton led the Tigers with 15 tackles, 11 of them solo. He had three tackles for loss.
S Joshua Bledsoe had 10 tackles in the dat, five of them solo.
LB Cameron Wilkins had eight tackles in the game with 1/2 a sack and an interception.
Room for Improvement
The Missouri offensive line struggled with the Vanderbilt defense. Vanderbilt pushed through the offensive line to cause problems with Missouri’s passing and running game. Missouri managed to gain just 140 yards through the air and 153 yards on the ground against what we thought was a much weaker Vanderbilt team.
QB Kelly Bryant was just 13-for-26 passing for 140 yards He did have a touchdown but also threw an interception. This was probably his worst game of the season.
K Tucker McCann struggled with field goals. He was 0-for-2 in this game.
Missouri travels to Kentucky next Saturday. The Wildcats are 3-4 overall and 1-4 in the SEC.