Game Recap: Mizzou’s Defense Vs Arizona State


September 15, 2012; Columbia, MO, USA; Missouri Tigers quarterback Corbin Berkstresser (13) outruns Arizona State Sun Devils linebacker Carl Bradford (52) during the first quarter at Faurot Field. Mandatory Credit: Dak Dillon-US PRESSWIRE

Before I begin I owe you all a huge apology. I am truly sorry for not getting my post in right after the game or at anytime today. I had a very busy weekend and things just didn’t go in my favor. On a side note I almost committed suicide after the Chiefs lost to the Bills. Good thing MIZZOU won! Alright let’s get straight to it!

First things first. Mizzou’s defense was just flat out amazing. They forced four turnovers to ease the pressure on the redshirt freshman QB Corbin Berkstresser (in place of James Franklin did not play QB) who led Missouri to a 24-20 victory over Arizona State on Saturday night.

Missouri had a 17 point lead at the end of the third quarter. Finally things started to roll in Arizona State’s favor when Marion Grice scored on a pair of fourth quarter runs that cut the deficit to four, but it was all too much for the Sun Devils who fell to the mighty Tigers!

Kenronte Walker made a couple big plays late. He had a pass deflection or 4th and goal from the 2 to turn it over on downs and also an end-zone pick that was returned for 49-yards to clinch it in the final minute

There was a sellout crowd of 71,004 people, that’s a lot of damn people at a college football game.

WR T.J. Moe had a pretty solid game overall leading the SEC in catches with 8 for 88 yards, who also opened the game with a 43-yard kick return. While RB Kendial Lawrence scored on a pair of shorts also.

K Andrew Bagget made a 46-yard field goal early, but missed from 37, 45, and 48 yards.

Missouri had quarterback controversy until minutes before kickoff with Franklin announced as the starter and then as soon as the game started Berkstresser was out to take the first snap on the field while Franklin was on the sideline with a headset nursing an elbow injury. It was the first start missed by the Tigers No. 1 quarterback since coach Gary Pinkel’s first season in 2001.

Let’s be honest here, Corbin Berkstresser really didn’t look all that great. He threw an interception in the second quarter to Brandon McGee which was pretty terrible at the Sun Devil 3. He did rush for a TD but all in all our defense saved us from an upset. Thank God.

Enjoy the win, we have the South Carolina Gamecocks next week.

M-I-Z! Z-O-U!

– Jordan Pollock, Lead Editor