Rapid Reaction: Missouri's offense a no-show in loss to Kansas State
Missouri’s offensive effort was nothing short of a mess Saturday in a decisive 40-12 loss at Kansas State.
The momentum was never in Mizzou’s favor at any point and it didn’t take long for it to swing all the way over to the Kansas State side. When the Tigers emerged from a rain delay, that became more apparent with a 76-yard touchdown return by Phillip Brooks that exposed just some of Mizzou’s special teams woes.
There were several negative yardage plays for the Kansas State defense as the Wildcats were dominant in the trenches, limiting the Tigers to just 119 yards of total offense — 60 passing yards and 59 rushing yards — en route to a 20-3 halftime lead. The Tigers finished with just over 200 total yards. They called a timeout in the final seconds and needed a roughing the passer penalty to set up their final TD run.
Mizzou QB Brady Cook showed some upside on the deep ball and with his mobility, but had several under thrown and underthrown passes, failing to deceive defenders with his eyes and showing some questionable decision-making. He finished the game 15-27 passing for 130 yards. He threw 2 interceptions.
The Tigers switched to journeyman signal-caller Jack Abraham with roughly 2 minutes to go in the third quarter. The former Mississippi State quarterback had an errant pass to start things off and was shortly after intercepted on a pass that was tipped by one of Mizzou’s own. Things hardly got better. Kansas State intercepted 2 of Abraham’s first 3 passes before Cook re-entered the game around the 12:00 mark.
Mizzou threw 4 interceptions in a game for the first time since 2014.
Luther Burden had just 1 catch for 3 yards.
Defensively, the Tigers had a few moments, including forcing three consecutive 3-and-outs at the top of the third quarter. But Deuce Vaughn could not be stopped and was the star of the show, finishing the game with 145 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns.
The Tigers (1-1) will aim to get back on the right track as they face visiting Abilene Christian on Sept. 17.