Mizzou Holds Off Arizona St. 24-20
COLUMBIA, Mo. — In a rematch of last year’s overtime thriller, the Missouri Tigers outlasted a feisty Arizona State Sun Devils squad 24-20 at Faurot Field on Saturday night.
Starting in place of injured Mizzou quarterback James Franklin, redshirt freshman QB Corbin Berkstresser scored on a 6-yard TD run to give Mizzou a 10-0 lead in the first quarter.
After a 7-yard rushing TD by running back Kendial Lawrence gave the Tigers a 17-0 in the second quarter, it looked like Mizzou (2-1, 0-1 SEC) was on easy street. That was anything but the case.
The Sun Devils (2-1, 0-1 away) answered with a 7-play 66-yard drive, capped by a 33-yard TD pass from QB Taylor Kelly to D.J. Foster.
Mizzou led 17-7 at the half.
Midway through the third quarter, disaster struck for the Sun Devils when an 11-yard punt resulted in another TD run by Lawrence. The Tigers led 24-7.
Arizona State scored 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter, with a pair of TD runs by Marion Grice to narrow the gap to 24-20.
Late in the fourth quarter, the Sun Devils threatened to take the lead twice, but Mizzou’s defense was clutch. On fourth and goal from the Missouri three yard line, the Tigers came up with a goal line stand.
Arizona State got the ball back and found themselves at the Missouri 20 with 1:30 left. On 3rd and 9, Kenronte Walker intercepted a pass at the goal line and returned it 49 yards to put the nail in the coffin.
Mizzou hits the road next Saturday to take on the South Carolina Gamecocks for their first SEC road game.