COLUMBIA, MO - OCTOBER 06: Head coach Gary Pinkel of he Missouri Tigers watches action from the sidelines during the game against the Vanderbilt Commodores on October 6, 2012 in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) By Jamie Squire
COLUMBIA, MO - OCTOBER 06: Quarterback James Franklin #1 of the Missouri Tigers carries the ball during the game against the Vanderbilt Commodores on October 6, 2012 in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) By Jamie Squire
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A botched Missouri extra-point snap and a bobbled punt attempt that led to a safety helped Vanderbilt beat Missouri 19-15 Saturday night, depriving the former Big 12 school of its first Southeastern Conference win.
Missouri (3-3, 0-3 Southeastern Conference) took an early 6-0 lead and kept Vanderbilt from gaining a first down until nearly nine minutes into the second quarter. Missouri couldn't muster much offense after an early injury to starting quarterback James Franklin, who sprained his left knee on a first-quarter run and didn't return.
Tiger Coach Gary Pinkel said Franklin injured his medial collateral ligament and, "will be out for a few weeks," including a home game next weekend against No. 1 Alabama.
Backup quarterback Corbin Berkstresser was just 9 of 30 for 189 yards, including an 85-yard scoring pass to Bud Sasser that cut a Commodores' fourth-quarter lead to 16-15. Missouri missed the extra point and a chance to tie on a bad snap.
Zac Stacy rushed for 72 yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries for Vanderbilt (2-3, 1-2), which earned its first conference win. Jordan Rogers was 14 of 24 for 182 yards and one interception.
Missouri also played without freshman wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, one of five Tigers suspended for the game after a mid-week campus drug bust. Reserve running back and kick returner Marcus Murphy broke a finger in the first quarter and didn't return, and starting linebacker Will Ebner sat out with a hamstring injury.
Vanderbilt's first points of the game came when Missouri punter Trey Barrow couldn't handle a snap while standing in the back of Missouri's end zone, with the ball rolling out the back. A 5-yard Stacy run late in the second half gave the Commodores a 9-6 lead they wouldn't relinquish. His second TD gave Vanderbilt a 16-9 lead early in the fourth quarter.