Sports XTRA: Mizzou's defense emerges in first conference victory

5 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago Saturday, November 04 2017 Nov 4, 2017 Saturday, November 04, 2017 6:00:00 PM CDT November 04, 2017 in Sports
By: Joey Schneider, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA- The Missouri Tigers defeated the Florida Gators 45-16 for their first conference victory of the year.

The victory extended the team’s season-high three-game winning streak. Mizzou also matched their highest margin of victory against a conference opponent since moving to the Southeastern Conference in 2012. 

Mizzou’s defense played a critical role in the victory, allowing its second-lowest point total of the season and lowest in conference under head coach Barry Odom. The Tigers contained Florida to just three red zone drives, and only one resulted in a touchdown.

“You’re going to give up some yards in this league, so you got to make the opportunity for when they get down to the red zone,” Odom said. “You’ve got to get them into position where we’re forcing them to field goals.

Defensive back Anthony Sherrils stood among Mizzou’s top performers. The senior recovered a fumble off a punt that positioned the Tigers for the game’s opening touchdown.

Sherrils created another first-half turnover with his first interception of the season.

“The way [Florida’s tight end] went out quick with the quarterback throw, I locked on,” Sherrils said on his third career college interception. “He gave me a head-fake inside, and I knew he was going to the corner, so I just jumped it.”

Defensive lineman Terry Beckner Jr. added to the defensive surge with five tackles and the game’s only sack, his fourth in the last three games.

“I feel like that was a statement for our defense that we can get the job done,” linebacker Terez Hall said. “That’s the main focus, beating them every play at a time through all four quarters, every minute and every second.” 

Hall led Mizzou with 11 tackles, but the team also combined for two defended passes and eight tackles for loss.

The offense was able to bounce off of the defensive efforts, scoring more than 40 points for the third straight game.

“When your defense is clicking, it gives your offense energy,” wide receiver J’Mon Moore said. “It gives you a better feeling about coming out on the field, it builds momentum, and that momentum helps big plays happen.”

Mizzou improves to 4-5 on the season, moving ahead of Tennessee and Vanderbilt in the SEC East standings. With two more victories, the Tigers would be guaranteed their first bowl game since 2014.

“We’ve got something going on right now that we have to take one day at a time,” Odom said. “I’m proud of the effort, and it was a step in the right direction no doubt.”

Up next, the Tigers host the Tennessee Volunteers for their home finale on November 11 at 6:30 p.m. Mizzou finishes the 2017 regular season with a pair of road matchups against conference foes Vanderbilt and Arkansas.

More News

Grid
List
LAKE OZARK - Community members are coming together to help a family who lost their children in a fire get... More >>
10 minutes ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 7:10:00 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS - Gov. Eric Greitens is remaining defiant in the face of a new felony charge. On... More >>
1 hour ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 5:45:00 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Children filled school gymnasiums across Columbia for the second day of the Unbound Book Festival. The festival showcases... More >>
3 hours ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 3:42:00 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - April 20 marks the day of the Columbine school shooting, which claimed lives. The Columbia Missouri National... More >>
3 hours ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 3:26:00 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A potential fire station project on an annexed lot in southwest Columbia could lead to quicker response times... More >>
3 hours ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 3:21:00 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - After the deadly fire in Lake Ozark, officials from the Division of Fire Safety are working to... More >>
4 hours ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 3:01:00 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - For 13 years, Rhonda Harper has been at the helm of Lincoln University's "Marching Musical Storm." ... More >>
4 hours ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 2:26:00 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - It’s been a little more than two months since the Stoneman Douglas school shooting in Parkland, Fla., and... More >>
5 hours ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 2:04:00 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Authorities say a suburban St. Louis police officer fired at a would-be robber about four weeks... More >>
5 hours ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 1:35:11 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Lab tests on an unknown substance sent to a Missouri lawmaker suggest it was pesticide.... More >>
5 hours ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 1:31:19 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA- Slimy fish, boat rides, hiking and tasty leaves are a few things 4th grade students experienced on Friday. ... More >>
6 hours ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 12:59:00 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Assistant Principal Katie Helfer said it has been a long time coming, but Our Lady of Lourdes Interparish... More >>
6 hours ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 12:21:00 PM CDT April 20, 2018 in Top Stories
LEE'S SUMMIT (AP) — Lee's Summit police are looking for a suspect after a woman was fatally shot inside... More >>
8 hours ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 10:57:58 AM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
CLARKSBURG - Deputies arrested a man Wednesday after they said they found marijuana, drug paraphernalia and cocaine. Deputies went... More >>
8 hours ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 10:54:00 AM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia Police have arrested a third suspect in relation to a March 26 shots fired incident in the... More >>
8 hours ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 10:21:00 AM CDT April 20, 2018 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA – Marijuana advocates chose 4/20 as their day to celebrate, but this year, those in Missouri are hoping Nov.... More >>
9 hours ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 10:16:00 AM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Authorities say a Springfield man charged with fleeing from officers and causing a deadly Springfield crash had... More >>
9 hours ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 9:35:00 AM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — The University of Missouri-Kansas City plans to eliminate 17 academic and administrate jobs. The Kansas... More >>
9 hours ago Friday, April 20 2018 Apr 20, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018 9:30:21 AM CDT April 20, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 62°
8pm 58°
9pm 55°
10pm 51°
11pm 50°