(Missouri Football App) - The Mizzou offense could not be stopped.
The Tigers racked up over 500 yards of total offense and were forced to punt only once in their 51-28 victory over Vanderbilt. Quarterback James Franklin threw for 278 yards and 4 touchdowns. The ground game punished the Vandy defense; Mizzou ball carriers ran for 246 yards.
Everything the offense wanted to do, it did. The only thing that that Franklin and company could be criticized for were three drives that stalled deep in Vanderbilt territory; all three ended in field goals.
For the defense it was a tale of two different halves. Mizzou allowed only one score in the first half and came away with an interception that set up a touchdown . In the second half, Vandy’s offense found its footing. The Commodores scored three times and racked up over 300 total yards.
Despite the second half struggles, the defensive line shined. The Missouri front four sacked Vanderbilt quarterback Austyn Carta- Samuels seven times. Michael Sam got to Samuels on three occasions, giving him six sacks in the last two games.
The win gives the Tigers their first 5-0 start since 2010. Things get much tougher next week as Mizzou travels to Georgia.