By Adam Cole
Whether on paper or on the field, Mizzou football was simply bad in its Saturday afternoon loss to Purdue.
A touchdown run from Purdue quarterback David Blough was all the spark the Boilermakers needed to begin an onslaught of the Tigers. Purdue scored five times in the contest, finding paydirt through the air twice and on the ground with their first three scores.
Mizzou only scored once, piecing together a field goal drive at the end of the first half, which was the Tigers lone red zone appearance
Purdue totaled 477 yards, averaging 5.6 yards per play, on offense, while holding Mizzou to just 203 yards, with only 70 of those on the ground. Mizzou was also 2-11 on third down in their 16:17 minutes of possession.
Individuals were also hard-pressed for success, with arguably the best stat line coming from Mizzou punter Corey Fatony, who netted over 400 yards punting and downed four of his nine punts inside the 20-yard line.
“It’s time to produce some results,” head coach Barry Odom said. “It’s time to carry over what we’ve done and worked for for the last few months. We’ve got to find a way to get it out on the field.”
While Odom and his coaching staff will look for results moving forward, results clearly weren’t found on Saturday. Not only were the Tigers’ unproductive on both sides of the ball, they found themselves making some head-scratching mistakes, including a stint on offense with holding or false start penalties on four consecutive plays.
“I’m going to lean on our staff and we’re going to lean on the leaders of this staff and we’ve got decisions to make on what we’re gonna be,” Odom said. “We’ll get to work tonight and I’ve got to find a way to get us better.”