Missouri Tigers with Another Heartbreaker – Emphasis on Heart

Oct 1, 2022; Columbia, Missouri, USA; Missouri Tigers head coach Eli Drinkwitz Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 1, 2022; Columbia, Missouri, USA; Missouri Tigers head coach Eli Drinkwitz Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports /

The Missouri Tigers took another heartbreaking loss on Saturday night. I do not think anyone anticipated that the Georgia game could hurt more than the Auburn game, yet somehow it did, and now, here we are.

I could go on forever about the inability to convert points in the 6 variety, very heavy on the 3 side. Harrison Mevis hit more threes than Steph Curry in the NBA Finals. I could draft a novel about dubious calls, late flags, and suspicious clock-stuff, that I think most noticed, yet seemingly no one cared.

I could tell you how sad my son and his friend were, as I stood there with them and their dad on our boy’s weekend trip to Columbia, MO to see the Tigers football team, but also to see my beloved, oldest son in Marching Mizzou. We were ready to storm the field after pulling off the improbable feat of taking down Goliath, dethroning the defending Champion, the Georgia Bulldogs. But as fate would have it, nope.

I have decided to not do any of those things. Any negative or sideway thoughts on the Missouri Tigers losing to the Georgia Bulldogs is what you see above. That is it. Nothing more. 

I want to talk about the positives for the Missouri Tigers

I expected the narrative from major media to present this result as a poorly played game by the Georgia Bulldogs, not a competitive, well-played game by the Missouri Tigers, thus I am not surprised The Tigers were opportunistic and won the turnover and special teams battle. We pointed this out in the Keys to Victory. Overall Missouri was the most competitive they have been against a top 15 team in the last decade.

  •          Despite having less than 200 passing yards, four Missouri Tigers caught 3 or more passes.
  •          Georgia totaled 187 more total yards than Mizzou. However, Mizzou tightened up when it was most needed. It felt like the Tigers were in control the entire game, minus most of the fourth quarter. The defense was good.
  •          Mizzou did not turn the ball over. They were +2 on the turnover battle, which also was noted as necessary to be competitive.

There are many positives this team can take away from the game, and there is a ton to build on. The Tigers have been lifted, even in a loss. This is the biggest, worst, best loss in Missouri Tigers’ football history.

We now leave this in the past and look forward to Florida. A win in Gainesville would cure all ails.

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