It was an ugly start on an ugly afternoon at Faurot Field for the Missouri Tigers.
Missouri was facing Alabama for the first time since 1978 and the Crimson Tide came in at 5-0 and the number 1 team in the country. They played like it too, rolling to a 42-10 victory.
Missouri saw the game get away early, when Eddie Lacy rumbled for a 73 yard touchdown run on the second play from scrimmage. He finished with 177 yards and 3 TD’s on 18 carries. He was joined by TJ Yeldon, who ran for 144 yards and 2 TD’s on 18 carries of his own.
Mizzou struggled to get anything going against the number 1 defense in the country, ending the game with just 129 total yards of offense. Corbin Berkstresser, making his second start of the season, finished 12/29 for 126 yards and 2 interceptions.
Mizzou scored their touchdown on a 98 yard Marcus Murphy kick return for a TD. It’s his fourth different return of the year, setting a new Mizzou record. Andrew Baggett added a 3rd quarter FG to total Mizzou at 10.
Midway through the 2nd quarter, things got dicey as a bolt of lightning flashed just above the Hearnes Center. The game was delayed for nearly 45 minutes as the field and stands were cleared. At the time, the score was 27-0, Alabama having just scored their fourth TD of the game.
Missouri has the week off this week before hosting Kentucky for their 2012 Homecoming game. The start time for that game will be announced tomorrow (10/15) and everything will get started with Tiger Gameday presented by Tucker’s Fine Jewelry on your home for Missouri Tiger Athletics, ESPN 100.5 KTGR.