Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Mizzou Notes: Tigers End Touchdown Drought

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Mizzou Notes: Tigers End Touchdown Drought

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COLUMBIA, Mo. * As the heavens opened and poured buckets of rain on Faurot Field, a miracle occurred: Missouri scored a touchdown.

After 47 consecutive possessions without a touchdown, dating back to the fourth quarter against South Carolina on Oct. 3, the Tigers visited the end zone late in the second quarter Thursday against Mississippi State. Russell Hansbrough's 14-yard touchdown run broke the drought, marking the Tigers' first TD in a span of 226 minutes and 46 seconds.

It wasn't enough as Mississippi State outscored Mizzou 17-0 in the second half to run away with a 31-13 victory, but the Tigers found some minor consolation with the second-quarter score.

"It was huge," quarterback Drew Lock said. "Hopefully we can keep doing that more."

Missouri had gone 14 full quarters without a touchdown including three straight games against Florida, Georgia and Vanderbilt. Until Thursday's second-quarter score, it was the first time Missouri had gone three consecutive games without a touchdown since 1937.

Hansbrough and backup tailback Ish Witter were the catalysts to Mizzou's revitalized offense in the first half, combining for 111 rushing yards on 20 carries. That was more rushing yards than the Tigers managed in each of their three previous games. Mizzou finished with 322 yards of offense, including 228 on the ground by running backs Hansbrough, Witter and Tyler Hunt.


Earlier this week the Butkus Award released its list of 10 semifinalists for the linebacker of the year honor, somehow leaving off the player who leads the country in tackles. That would Missouri's Kentrell Brothers, who seemed to take out his frustration on Mississippi State.

Brothers helped set up Missouri's first score, a first-quarter Andrew Baggett field goal, when he punched the ball loose from running back Brandon Holloway near midfield. Defensive tackle Terry Beckner Jr. …

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