Defense Claims 2nd Spring Scrimmage, 18-16



April 12, 2014

Columbia, Mo. -

The Mizzou Football team held its second major scrimmage of spring camp Saturday morning at Faurot Field, and much like the first one a week ago, it came down to the last series. Unlike last Saturday, when the offense won on the final play, this time it was the defense who pulled out the win, as sophomore CB Aarion Penton intercepted a pass (his 2nd pick of the day) at the goal line to end things, and give the defense an 18-16 win.

"It was a pretty good day," said Head Coach Gary Pinkel.  "It's pretty amazing, all of camp it seems like every day is coming down to the end, very competitive.  The defense has maybe won more than the offense overall, but just like today, it's gone down to the wire.  I'm pleased overall with the scrimmage, there's always lots of things we'll look to get corrected, but there were a lot of good things, and we stayed healthy so that's critical right there," he said.

Senior TB Marcus Murphy returned from an ankle sprain that limited him last Saturday, and scored three touchdowns, on rushes of 9, 9 and 3 yards.  Murphy carried 9 times for 58 yards in all, with two of his scores capping drives in two-minute drill work.  The final one, from 3 yards out, came with no time left on the clock for the #1 offense against the #2 defense.

With the scrimmage score tied up, the #2 offense marched downfield from their own 30-yardline in 2-minute work against the #1 defense, and appeared poised to score.  Junior QB Corbin Berkstresser (who ended 13-for-22 passing for 110 yards) completed passes to sophomore TE Sean Culkin (12 yards), and two more to freshman WR J'Mon Moore (11 yards and 14 yards) to get the offense in striking distance.  But with less than :20 seconds left, Berkstresser's attempt toward the endzone from 8 yards out was picked off at the goalline by Penton to end the day.



Sophomore QB Maty Mauk was productive, as he completed 16-of-26 passes Saturday for 153 yards.  He led the #1 offense to a pair of touchdowns in 2-minute work.  On the first, which ended with Murphy's 9-yard touchdown run, Mauk had connections in the air of 24 yards and 31 yards, respectively, to sophomore WR Levi Copelin and senior WR Jimmie Hunt.  The hook up with Copelin was a beautifully-thrown over-the-shoulder flag route that Copelin caught in stride despite good coverage, for the big gain.

Prior to the last drive of the scrimmage, the #1 defense didn't allow much movement on the day.  The first two series in 2-minute work against them by the #2 offense ended in a pair of 4-and-out possessions.  Junior S Ian Simon and senior DT Lucas Vincent both had pass break ups in that sequence, while junior DE Shane Ray got loose for a QB sack.

The Tigers will hold practices Tuesday and Thursday, and those will serve as the final preparation for the 2014 Black & Gold Spring Game, to be held on Saturday, April 19th at 1:00 p.m. at Faurot Field.  Stay tuned to for details on the exciting day in Columbia, Mo!

Stats from today's scrimmage include:

Final Score: Defense 18, Offense 16

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