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Tigers produce embarrassing effort in 35-3 loss to Boilermakers

Missouri and Purdue captains meet before Saturday's game at Faurot Field. (Josh Kurelac/KRCG13)

COLUMBIA --- Who would win this football game?

That wasn't the biggest question on this day.

It was: Who was Cuonzo Martin pulling for? His alma mater, Purdue, or his current employer, Missouri?

Anything to think about basketball, because this football season seems like a lost cause.

Already.

Saturday was a textbook example of the good, the bad and the ugly for the Missouri Tigers --- except for the good part.

This went far beyond bad, it stretched to futile and embarrassing, then all the way to frightfully uncomfortable to watch.

It was a total no-show and non-effort by Missouri, as the Purdue Boilermakers --- who've had one winning season in the last decade --- plowed through the Tigers like they were bugs on a windshield in a 35-3 victory at Faurot Field.

"We didn't play very well and we got our tails kicked," Tigers coach Barry Odom said. "That's hard to say out loud ... it's a reflection of me and the things we did on the field."

The stands were about half empty when the game started, before slowly filling in the first half to what was an "announced" gathering of 53,262. But at halftime, most fans could not get out of there fast enough.

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