Tigers sputter against Commodores

Posted by bfreeman on October 7, 2012

Yesterday at Faurot Field, the Tigers got off to a hot start only to see it slip away in the second half.

In a battle between two teams looking for their first win in the SEC this year, Vanderbilt used a strong second half to pick up the win with a 19-15 victory Saturday night.

Missouri started the game with two scoring drives, putting up field goals by Andrew Baggett, to take a 6-0 lead.  However, on the 3rd drive of the game, James Franklin took a helmet to the left knee on a 23 yard scramble and left the game.  He was later diagnosed with a sprained MCL in the knee and has been ruled out for next week’s game with Alabama.

Without Franklin, the Tiger offense struggled for much of the game with Corbin Berkstresser under center.  The freshman quarterback finished the game 9/30 for 189 yards and an impressive TD pass to Bud Sasser.

Vanderbilt collected the lead on a steady diet of Zac Stacy.  The Vanderbilt RB finished with 2 TD’s and 72 yards on 29 carries.  Commodore QB Jordan Rodgers finished 14/24 for 182 yards and an INT.

Mizzou got within 1 with the Sasser TD, but in a play almost fitting for a frustrating night, muffed the extra point and was unable to tie Vanderbilt at 16.  Vandy marched down the field on the ensuing drive to take the final lead of 19-15.

It doesn’t get any easier for the Tigers, who welcome number 1 ranked Alabama to Faurot Field next Saturday Afternoon.  The Tigers and the Tide kick off at 230pm and KTGR’s pregame coverage begins at 11:30am with Tiger Gameday presented by Tucker’s Fine Jewelry from the corner of Stadium and Champions Dr.  You can hear it all on your home for the Tigers, ESPN 100.5 KTGR.

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