The Missouri Tigers offense, facing another elite SEC defense, crumbled in The Swamp on Saturday.
Late in the first half, down only six points to a skilled Florida Gators team, Mizzou quarterback Drew Lock threw two pick-six’s and the deficit quickly ballooned to twenty. At that point, the game began to feel as if it were already out of reach.
The explosive passing attack of the Missouri offense has disappeared as of late, and only managed 98 yards through the air on Saturday. Additionally, in a surprising turn of events, their leading passer was not Drew Lock, but Marvin Zanders. Zanders completed three of four attempts for 59 yards, respectively.
While the offense struggled to piece together lengthy drives and only amassed fourteen points, their own defense quickly exhausted. The Tigers were unable to convert many third downs and were more than doubled up in time of possession.
Also, when they did possess the ball they failed to secure it, as they ended with three turnovers. As the game progressed, the Mizzou defense became worn down and began to miss tackles and have mental lapses.
While Missouri continues to fight for bowl eligibility, they must immediately step up their offensive production, or this year may become eerily similar to last. Next up on the schedule is the Homecoming game against Middle Tennessee State University. In the current offensive rut they are in, a blowout win would serve as a step in the right direction.
Look for Missouri to continue their dominance of smaller schools and regain some confidence en route to a win. However, they must continue to improve quickly as they still have multiple ranked opponents remaining on their schedule.