Missouri Football: Tigers win with ease over Idaho, 68-21

COLUMBIA, MO - OCTOBER 21: Albert Okwuegbunam
COLUMBIA, MO - OCTOBER 21: Albert Okwuegbunam /

The Missouri Tigers had the convincing win over Idaho on homecoming weekend, even though the game started out with the Vandals in the lead.

The game started out in a manner that had me convinced this game could be ugly, when Drew Lock’s pass was picked off, and then Idaho turned that interception into a touchdown on the ensuing offensive drive.

Fortunately, the Tigers came back on their next offensive series with a touchdown of their own, to wide receiver Emmanuel Hall, and later to tight end Albert Okwuegbunam.

The last I saw, Missouri and Idaho were tied at 14 apiece, and that’s when the Tigers pulled away on offense. Idaho never scored another touchdown, until the end of the fourth quarter.

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It’s fair to say that Missouri’s defense played well, even though the Vandals will be an FCS team in 2018, but in comparison to the Tigers’ opening game against Missouri State, Mizzou limited Idaho to 21 points – a little less than half of the points allowed Missouri State.

The second half of the Tigers’ schedule is more favorable than the front half, but Missouri still has its work cut out for itself, with SEC games against Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Arkansas, and a likely loss to Florida on the horizon. Missouri also plays one more non-conference opponent in Connecticut, which should go the Tigers’ way, but we also thought the same about Purdue.

In this game, I was most impressed by Tigers’ running back Larry Rountree, who carried the ball 12 times for 97 yards, for an average of 8.1 yards per carry.

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The offensive line has been playing more consistently, also, only allowing two sacks in the last three games. Next for Missouri is a road trip to UConn.