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

11 months 1 week 4 days 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
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal judge in St. Louis has ordered companies from Missouri and California to pay a... More >>
4 days ago Friday, October 12 2018 Oct 12, 2018 Friday, October 12, 2018 5:49:49 AM CDT October 12, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA (AP) — A 21-year-old man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for a January 2016 rape at... More >>
4 days ago Friday, October 12 2018 Oct 12, 2018 Friday, October 12, 2018 5:44:14 AM CDT October 12, 2018 in Top Stories
COOPER COUNTY - UPDATE: The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports two semitrailers caught on fire after one was struck in... More >>
5 days ago Friday, October 12 2018 Oct 12, 2018 Friday, October 12, 2018 12:22:00 AM CDT October 12, 2018 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - MU students and working professionals joined together for a discussion Thursday night on Midwest-China trade relations. The... More >>
5 days ago Thursday, October 11 2018 Oct 11, 2018 Thursday, October 11, 2018 11:06:00 PM CDT October 11, 2018 in News
SEDALIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri State Fair officials say that nearly 341,000 people attended this year's event in Sedalia. ... More >>
5 days ago Thursday, October 11 2018 Oct 11, 2018 Thursday, October 11, 2018 8:36:00 PM CDT October 11, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The scooter ridesharing company Bird is looking at solutions to people blocking the sidewalks with scooters, which is... More >>
5 days ago Thursday, October 11 2018 Oct 11, 2018 Thursday, October 11, 2018 6:50:00 PM CDT October 11, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - School board members, city leaders, and community members gathered to break ground at the site of a new... More >>
5 days ago Thursday, October 11 2018 Oct 11, 2018 Thursday, October 11, 2018 6:37:00 PM CDT October 11, 2018 in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - Columbia College will host an entrepreneurship showcase Friday where five students will present business pitches to a panel... More >>
5 days ago Thursday, October 11 2018 Oct 11, 2018 Thursday, October 11, 2018 5:15:00 PM CDT October 11, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – The first Buy Missouri Week starts this weekend. Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe will travel across the state... More >>
5 days ago Thursday, October 11 2018 Oct 11, 2018 Thursday, October 11, 2018 3:59:00 PM CDT October 11, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A former Missouri jail guard persuaded her terminally ill father to fatally shoot her estranged husband... More >>
5 days ago Thursday, October 11 2018 Oct 11, 2018 Thursday, October 11, 2018 3:47:17 PM CDT October 11, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A window manufacturing company says it plans to build a $65 million factory in Eldon, creating... More >>
5 days ago Thursday, October 11 2018 Oct 11, 2018 Thursday, October 11, 2018 3:38:51 PM CDT October 11, 2018 in News
SUNRISE BEACH - Business owners in Sunrise Beach are dealing with several burglaries; some of which have cost them thousands... More >>
5 days ago Thursday, October 11 2018 Oct 11, 2018 Thursday, October 11, 2018 3:21:00 PM CDT October 11, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A local business is offering families the chance to save money, make money and give back to the... More >>
5 days ago Thursday, October 11 2018 Oct 11, 2018 Thursday, October 11, 2018 3:06:00 PM CDT October 11, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Four trucks and eight line workers deployed from Columbia early Wednesday morning, heading for Florida to restore outages... More >>
5 days ago Thursday, October 11 2018 Oct 11, 2018 Thursday, October 11, 2018 3:01:00 PM CDT October 11, 2018 in News
CNN - NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin are in what NASA director Jim Bridenstine described as... More >>
5 days ago Thursday, October 11 2018 Oct 11, 2018 Thursday, October 11, 2018 2:00:00 PM CDT October 11, 2018 in News
LEBANON - A jury Thursday found Martin Priest guilty of first-degree murder in the 1984 death of 15-year-old Tammy Sue... More >>
5 days ago Thursday, October 11 2018 Oct 11, 2018 Thursday, October 11, 2018 12:37:00 PM CDT October 11, 2018 in News
MEXICO - Two people ended up in the hospital with burn injuries after police said one of them poured gasoline... More >>
5 days ago Thursday, October 11 2018 Oct 11, 2018 Thursday, October 11, 2018 10:42:00 AM CDT October 11, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Multiple law enforcement agencies helped deputies from the Boone County Sheriff's office during a high-speed chase from Columbia... More >>
5 days ago Thursday, October 11 2018 Oct 11, 2018 Thursday, October 11, 2018 9:46:00 AM CDT October 11, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 49°
1am 44°
2am 43°
3am 42°
4am 40°