Aug 14, 2013
Columbia, Mo. - The Missouri Tiger football team held a shortened full-pad practice Wednesday morning on the John Kadlec Athletic Fields, and it served as the final preparation for the second major scrimmage of the 2013 fall camp, set for tomorrow morning at Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium.
Wednesday's action, seemingly like every day in camp so far, had the competition between the offense and defense hotly contested, and went down to the wire. The offense got late touchdown receptions from junior WR Bud Sasser and senior WR Marcus Lucas (both thrown by redshirt freshman QB Maty Mauk) to secure the overall win, which tied the camp series at four wins for each side.
The deciding series came with the #1 offense going against the #1 defense in red zone work. Facing a 1st-and-goal situation from the 9-yardline with the score tied at 5-5, senior QB James Franklin hit sophomore WR Dorial Green-Beckham in the end zone for what looked like it would be a sure touchdown, but senior CB Randy Ponder reached in at the last second to pry the ball out of Green-Beckham's hands for an incomplete pass. That gave the defense a 6-5 lead, but that was short-lived, as Mauk took the next snap, and scrambled to his right to avoid pocket pressure. He spotted a couple of receivers in the back corner of the end zone, and he lofted a ball that way. Sasser outleaped a defender to secure the catch for a 9-yard touchdown and a 7-6 lead for the offense.
On the next snap, Mauk hit senior WR L'Damian Washington on a quick out that appeared to be well-blocked, but Washington slipped making a cut and was downed for no gain, tying the score at 7-7. On the last play, a 3rd-and-4 snap from the 9-yardline, Mauk made a beautiful pump fake and lofted a ball to a wide open Lucas in the back of the end zone for a touchdown that set off a big celebration by the Tiger offense.
Earlier in the red zone work, highlights were turned in by senior WR Jaleel Clark and junior WR Gavin Otte, who both made outstanding catches for touchdowns. Clark's came from Mauk on a fade route in the left corner of the end zone. Ponder was draped all over him, but he outfought the smaller defensive back for the ball, tipped it to keep it alive, and grabbed the ball while falling down for the score. A few plays later, it was sophomore QB Corbin Berkstresser who sent a ball into the end zone for Otte, who made a nifty diving catch in traffic to pull it in for the touchdown.
Sophomore TB Russell Hansbrough also got in on the scoring action Wednesday, as he scampered in from nine yards out for a touchdown against the #2 defense to help the offensive cause.
Mizzou will hold its second major scrimmage of fall camp tomorrow morning at Faurot Field, so be sure to stay tuned to www.MUTigers.com for a full recap and official statistics from the day!
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