Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Tigers thrashed by Purdue in demoralizing loss

Tigers thrashed by Purdue in demoralizing loss

But when the punter is the team's most obvious star it was bad day.

Things got rolling early as Blough capped off the first drive of the game with 5-yard touchdown run, and soon after Tario Fuller took it the house on a 36-yard touchdown run.

After a poor performance last weekend against SC, the explosive Missouri offense from week one was again nowhere to be found, as the Tigers were unable to muster a single touchdown on the day.

Missouri quarterback Drew Lock finished 12 of 28 for 133 yards and two interceptions as the Tigers struggled on both sides of the ball, managing just 10 first downs to Purdue's 26.

Purdue quarterback David Blough started his first game of the season Saturday against Missouri.

Any thought of Missouri carrying momentum to the second half ended when linebacker Markus Bailey intercepted Lock's sideline pass on the first drive after halftime. Late in the fourth quarter, Lock threw what appeared to be a touchdown pass to J'Mon Moore, but Purdue cornerback Kamal Hardy wrestled it away from Moore for an interception.

Missouri (1-2) surrendered 477 yards of offense just six days after firing defensive coordinator DeMontie Cross. Missed tackles and loose zone coverages gave Purdue ample opportunities to put points on the board, and the Boilermakers took advantage. The Tigers' backfield was nowhere to be found, with Ish Witter and Damarea Crockett combining for only 44 yards on 17 carries. The Boilermakers targeted 13 different pass catchers, with freshman receiver Jackson Anthrop leading the way.

Missouri, which runs its offense at one of the fastest paces in the nation, isn't interested in winning the time-of-possession battle, but this was ridiculous.

Missouri's futile performance leaves Barry Odom and his staff with an huge amount of work to do ahead of next week's matchup in Columbia against the No. 15 Auburn Tigers.

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