November 10, 2012

Game at a Glance

KNOXVILLE, TN--Gary Pinkel made no fire and brimstone halftime speech. The coach said Kip Edwards said something to the team. But there was no born-out-of-desperation inspiration.

"What happened in the first half is we weren't making any plays on offense," Pinkel said. "The only way you get momentum on that football field is you got to make plays. Momentum just doesn't fall out of the sky and you grab it. You get it because you make plays."

The Tigers had 64 yards of total offense at the break. Against a defense that had given up 721 a week ago. To Troy.

It took exactly one play for Missouri to more than double that number. On the first play of the third quarter, Kendial Lawrence bolted through a gaping hole on the left side of the line and raced 77 yards for a touchdown. It made the score 21-14. More than that, it showed that just maybe Mizzou was capable of doing something--anything--on offense.

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