No. 15 Auburn latest team to crush Mizzou at Faurot Field
A similar story to Missouri's last two games reared its ugly head again.
The Tigers found themselves in an early hole against No. 15 Auburn Saturday evening at Faurot Field and were simply outmatched the rest of the way. Missouri (1-3, 0-2) managed two scoring drives the game, falling 51-14 to Auburn (3-1, 1-0).
Missouri opened the game with the ball, but a false start penalty hindered the Tigers from gaining traction and a Cory Fatony punt ended the drive. Auburn wasted no time as Jarrett Stidham hit Kyle Davis for a 55-yard completion, putting Auburn in the red zone. Kerryon Johnson plunged across the goal line, his first of five touchdowns in the game.
Any hope that Missouri had in answering the Auburn score was dashed away in two plays. Quarterback Drew Lock's throw on second down deflected off the hands of tight end Jason Reese and into the arms of Auburn cornerback Carlton Davis. Auburn set up shop at the Missouri 32. Johnson capped off a seven-play drive with a touchdown run from two yards out.
By the time Lock hit running back Damarea Crockett on a screen pass which he took in for a touchdown, Mizzou was already trailing 28-0. The Tigers trailed 31-7 at the half, but the game was over well before then.
For the third consecutive game, Missouri lost the turnover battle. The Tigers turned the ball over four times; Auburn never coughed up the ball. In four games this season, opponents have turned Missouri over 12 times, while the Tigers have managed to force just three turnovers.
Even the special teams unit had its flaws. Punter Corey Fatony landed four of his six punts inside the 20, but was also stopped short on a fake punt in the third quarter, giving Auburn a short field.
Sophomore running back Damarea Crockett looked like his former self at times after playing the last two games banged up with a bruised tailbone. Crockett carried the ball 13 times for 58 yards, as well as his touchdown catch in the second quarter.
Auburn controlled the tempo of the game with a steady diet of running plays. Three running backs had at least nine carries and the Tigers finished the game with 53 rushes for 263 yards.
Mizzou has a bye week and will resume play Saturday, October 7 at Kentucky. The time has yet to be announced.
For player reaction after the game, watch the videos below.