Missouri collapses to Georgia in the second half, 53-28

ATHENS, GA - OCTOBER 14: Deangelo Gibbs
ATHENS, GA - OCTOBER 14: Deangelo Gibbs /

The Missouri Tigers came out strong on offense in the first half against Georgia, and then fell flat in the second half, as the Bulldogs rolled.

It’s fairly obvious that there isn’t much to be said of Missouri’s second-half showing against Georgia, but the Tigers’ first half was inspiring, especially on offense.

Prior to kickoff, I did not anticipate Missouri (1-5, 0-4 SEC) having a strong showing against the undefeated Bulldogs. In the second half, the Tigers again showed their true colors, but in the first half, Mizzou had three touchdowns, and a defensive turnover.

In the second half, Missouri’s progress on offense dried-up, for the most part, and later in the half, quarterback Drew Lock connected with tight end Jason Reese.

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We all know that the defense has major issues, especially the secondary, but the defensive front, once again, showed that it has some bullish ability to force even a top-5 offense into three-and-out situations.

The bad news on defense, is the Tigers allowed Georgia just shy of 700 yards on offense, a statistic which is absolutely unacceptable. Is it from a lack of talent, poor coaching, or lack of preparation?

Wherever the problems lie on defense, there’s no acceptable reason for the Tigers to allow 696 yards of total offense.

On offense, I was elated to see Josh Heupel give the tight ends a little attention. Missouri’s big interior receivers are grossly underused, and I still believe the Tigers would stay in games longer, if Heupel made better use of the tight ends.

On the ground, Mizzou was severely limited, while running back Damarea Crockett suffered an injury to his right shoulder in the fourth quarter.

Next: Mizzou sets a date with Kansas

Head coach Barry Odom’s Tigers fell to 1-6 after this loss, and many continue to wonder how certain his future is in Columbia. Idaho is next on the schedule for Missouri, as the Vandals will look to crash the Tigers’ homecoming.