COLUMBIA, Mo. — Missouri will continue to seek its first win as a member of the Southeastern Conference. The Tigers lose to Vanderbilt on Saturday night 19-15.
Mizzou (3-3, 0-3 SEC) was plagued by special teams errors, including a failed extra point and a punt that went askew against the Commodores.Both of those errors happened in the fourth quarter, allowing Vanderbilt to kick a pair of pivotal field goals in the final frame.
The Tigers also lost starting quarterback James Franklin in the first quarter. He didn’t return to action, and Missouri struggled to find its place on the scoreboard as a result. Lees Summit High School product Corbin Berkstresser took Franklin’s spot, completing only nine of 30 passing attempts. Franklin recorded only five completed passes and one carry for a combined 79 yards of offense.
Tiger Coach Gary Pinkel confirmed for reporters that Franklin injured his medial collateral ligament, and will miss “a few weeks” of play.
The Tigers rang up 395 total yards on offense, but converted only seven of 19 attempts on third downs, resulting in 15 points in a losing effort. Vanderbilt (2-3, 1-2 SEC) senior running back Zac Stacy carried 29 times for 72 yards and two touchdowns.
Missouri plays host to defending BCS Champion Alabama next Saturday in Columbia. -srm