Aug. 12, 2014
Columbia, Mo. - The Missouri Tiger Football team held its first major scrimmage of fall camp Tuesday morning on Faurot Field, and while the offense produced a couple of touchdowns on the day, the defense claimed a 14-12 victory in the controlled scoring system.
The touchdowns both came from the number one offense, with the first a 24-yard scoring run by junior TB Tyler Hunt against the second-string defense. Hunt's run capped a 76-yard drive early in the day, while sophomore QB Maty Mauk was a perfect 4-of-4 on the drive for 22 yards. Junior TB Russell Hansbrough also had a 30-yard run on the drive.
The second score came late in the day as the #1 offense drove 41 yards against the #1 defense, marking the only real blemish of the day for the top string defense. Facing a 3rd and 2 from the 33-yardline, Hansbrough plowed forward for a 3-yard gain to move the chains, and two plays later, Mauk lofted a pass for the goal line, where senior WR Jimmie Hunt made a nice adjustment and leaped high to grab the ball. Hunt's momentum took him into the endzone as he tumbled on the goalline near the right hash mark for the score.
That would be all the #1 defense would allow on the day. They got out to a great start out of the gates, stuffing the #2 offense on a 3-and-out series, and they capped it with a stellar two-minute series, forcing a 4-and-out by the #2 offense. With the #2 offense forced to go for it on a 4th-and-medium from their own 45-yardline, sophomore CB Aarion Penton closed from the edge to wrap up junior TB Miles Drummond for no gain on a completion from freshman QB Eddie Printz. Junior DE Shane Ray provided a big pass rush off the edge to disrupt the timing of the play.
Mauk, who ended the day 16-of-24 passing for 191 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception, also led the #1 offense to a field goal against the #2 defense in a two-minute situation near the end of the day. Mauk hit senior WR Bud Sasser for a 50-yard gain to provide most of the movement, and he followed with another 12-yard completion to Sasser to reach the red zone. Freshman DE Marcus Loud got free for a touch sack of Mauk, but junior PK Andrew Baggett was called on for a 38-yard field goal attempt, which he made to score points for the offense. Baggett would end the day 3-of-5 on field goals, with makes from 45, 33 and 38 yards.
The defense was very disruptive all day, gaining three turnovers in all, including interceptions by junior DB Kenya Dennis and freshman safety Thomas Wilson, while sophomore DT Rickey Hatley pounced on a fumbled handoff for a third takeaway.
The run game on Tuesday featured a lot of work for two impressive true freshmen, as Trevon Walters led all rushers with 14 carries for 93 yards, while fellow rookie Ish Witter carried 11 times for 55 yards. Hansbrough had a healthy 9.8 yards per carry average, as he ended with 49 yards on just 5 attempts.
The Tigers will hold practices Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings prior to scrimmage #2, which is set for Saturday morning at Faurot Field. Stay tuned to www.MUTigers.com for continuing coverage of 2014 Fall Camp.
Mauk 16-24, 191 yards, 1 TD 1 INT
Berkstresser 14-29, 115 yards
Printz 16-29, 116 yards
Zanders 8-11, 101 yards, 1 INT
Eierman 1-1, 5 yards
T. Hunt 11-34, 1 TD
J. Hunt 3-37, 1 TD
T. Hunt 1-6
Baggett 3-of-5 (Makes: 45, 33, 38 / Misses: 34, 32)
Brinser 4-177, 44.3 avg., 2 inside 20
1 - Dennis, Wilson
1 - Hatley
1 - Grava, Harris, Augusta, B. Lee, Loud
Tackles For Loss
2 - Ruise
1 - Burkett, Vincent, Brantley, Dennis, Scherer, Hull
Passes Broken Up
2 - Golden, Brothers, Serrano 1 - Wilson, Beisel, Singleton, Cheadle, Rupert, Augusta, Wingo
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