Missouri defense makes late stand to hold off Vandy

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COLUMBIA, Mo. — – Missouri experienced misplaced its initially a few SEC games in ever more heartbreaking manner.

The Tigers at last held on down the stretch to win one particular on Saturday.

Luther Load III experienced touchdowns on the floor and by the air, Missouri stored Vanderbilt’s offense off the scoreboard right until late in the fourth quarter, and the Tigers proceeded to make a substantial fourth-down quit with just in excess of a moment still left for a nerve-wracking 17-14 victory that lifted them out of the conference cellar.

“I’ve been all around a good deal of teams and I have not at any time noticed a team go by means of what they have and however bond and battle and have the electrical power in the way they exercise,” Tigers mentor Eli Drinkwitz stated. “Man, I was so proud of them.”

Mike Wright, who took above when Commodores quarterback AJ Swann remaining in the second fifty percent, hit Gamarian Carter for an 80-garden touchdown reception with 3:59 to go, and Vanderbilt’s initially offensive factors in additional than 8 quarters gave Clark Lea’s group a likelihood of ending a 24-match meeting getting rid of streak.

Vanderbilt (3-5, -4) bought the ball again with just less than 3 minutes to go and bought a swift very first down on a penalty. But a 3rd-down toss to Ben Bresnahan that appeared to give the Commodores a initial down at the Missouri 43 was moved back a yard on a assessment, bringing up fourth down, and Ray Davis was stuffed at the line of scrimmage to efficiently close the game.

“We required just one engage in and there was a large amount of performs likely against us in the next 50 percent, as lots of as I have been section of, seeing the momentum change like that,” Drinkwitz claimed. “We explained, ‘No. We are going to make the perform on fourth-and-inches.'”

Brady Cook experienced 211 yards passing with a landing and an interception, and Cody Schrader arrived off the bench to run 14 occasions for 84 yards, as the Tigers (3-4, 1-4) defeat Vanderbilt for the sixth time in the final 7 meetings.

“I harm for the guys that we did not find the outcome, and I assume as a plan we have to uncover ownership of the areas we fell limited,” Lea said. “We have to acquire ownership of the result. The get was there for us. We just failed to do sufficient to get it.”

The Tigers required just six performs to consider a 7- guide when Stress adopted a 29-property catch by Barrett Banister with a 35-lawn TD reception. But that offensive effectiveness was in shorter source for both equally groups most of the sport.

The Commodores missed a area objective broad still left. Then, just prior to halftime, Swann threw an interception in the Missouri end zone. At a single point in amongst, the two groups combined to go three-and-out on five straight drives.

Missouri finally finished the doubtful streak when Burden scored from 10 yards out, and Harrison Mevis capped an expertly run 2-moment drill by tacking on a 39-lawn discipline objective to give the Tigers a 17- direct at the split.

It took the Vanderbilt defense to last but not least set factors on the board.

The Commodores experienced Missouri backed up early in the 3rd quarter when Anfernee Orji, who currently experienced picked off a move, drilled Cook and knocked the ball unfastened. At the similar time, basic safety C.J. Taylor had leaped Schrader and was there to scoop up the fumble and trot into the stop zone for the landing.

“That was just a great enjoy by that child,” Schrader explained. “You cannot cease that.”

Vanderbilt experienced a possibility to seriously seize momentum when the ensuing kickoff, caught in the wind like a sail, dropped short of the returners and the Commodores recovered. But their offense yet again went nowhere, and kicker Joseph Bulovas missed his next discipline-purpose endeavor, leaving the Tigers clinging to a 17-7 lead.

The Commodores had a chance late in the fourth quarter ahead of the Tigers created one particular additional defensive prevent.

“There’s a large amount of items that need to be mounted, some truly lousy things,” Drinkwitz said, “but it truly is simpler to repair soon after a get.”

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Vanderbilt was shut out by Georgia final week and did not do a great deal better on offense Saturday. Having absent the late 80-garden TD toss, the Commodores experienced only 219 yards overall offense even though going for 2 in the red zone.

Missouri has likewise struggled offensively and has not scored more than 22 points in its past 4 games. Nathaniel Peat in unique struggled on the ground Saturday, carrying 11 times for eight yards with a fumble.

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The Commodores get a 7 days off prior to playing South Carolina on Nov. 5.

The Tigers take a look at the Gamecocks subsequent Saturday.