Tigers Defeat UCF for First Road Win of the Season
ORLANDO, FL. - The University of Missouri football team rebounded from last week's loss, going up against the 2-1, University of Central Florida Knights on Saturday.
UCF scored with a field goal to go up 3-0 at the end of the first quarter. Two drives later Mizzou struck back when freshman, Dorial Green-Beckham caught his first collegiate touchdown off of an 80 yard catch and run. It was DGB's only catch of the day.
Mizzou struggled throughout to move the ball, going 1-11 on third down conversions in the game; while UCF's rushing attack sustained long drives, two of which turned into points. The two teams were close at halftime with the Knights leading, 10-7.
Coming off a down performance at South Carolina, Missouri's special teams unit provided the scoring spark needed to stay in the game when Marcus Murphy scored a 66 yard punt return touchdown, making it 14-10.
Kendial Lawrence scored midway through the third quarter on a 10 yard touchdown run. The running back finished the day with 104 yards and one touchdown. Lawrence also had 50 yards receiving.
James Franklin went 19-30 for 257 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
Mizzou's defense came out strong, forcing six consecutive punts to open up the second half. UCF had one final touchdown with five minutes left in the fourth quarter bring it to 21-16. The Knights got the ball back after a Mizzou three-and-out but the Tiger defense forced and recovered their FBS-leading ninth fumble this season to seal the victory.
The Tigers are back in Columbia next week to play Vanderbilt on October, 6, at 6 p.m. CST